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Why is administration thrilled with agency?

September 15, 2013

DEAR EDITOR: So Warren’s community development director thinks the rules that govern using tax money to do emergency home repairs needs to be “better defined?” While reading the story about repairs......

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Sep-24-13 5:42 PM

What would be the opposite of King Midas, because everything this administration touches turns to crap. Want proof? Make a 360 degree turn anywhere in Warren.

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Sep-17-13 12:28 PM

AI55000 Mr. Cregar is still listed as owner of the property on Youngstown Rd. I am sure this 'sale' is actually a land contract which in 'Cregar Land' is another word for rent.

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Sep-17-13 12:23 PM

AI55000 Mr. Nativio has 'commented' on the junk store.

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Sep-17-13 11:05 AM

Interesting how Mr. Nativio wants to beat up on CD with this Cregar connected home repair but not a peep out of him that our Safety Service Director sold a building he owned, the former Carmelos's on Youngstown road, to Bob Cregar for only 19,000.

Cregar then flipped it for $50.000 almost immediately. That sure seems like Enzo gave Cregar a free thirty thousand dollars, does it not?

Write a letter about that one, if you have the courage to.

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Sep-16-13 4:53 PM

Oh, I see.

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Sep-16-13 3:54 PM

Thank you Nativio for taking time to reply to my inquiry...

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Sep-16-13 3:35 PM

Billdog read between the lines. This 'repair work' was all of part of the buying process.

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Sep-16-13 3:24 PM

Also, why would anybody buy a house needing thousands of dollars for repairs if they didn't have the money for the repairs?

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Sep-16-13 3:24 PM

Money setting to long seems to have a way of getting used up without explanation in gooberment. By the way, Bob Cregar, where have I heard that name before? Hehehehehehe.

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Sep-16-13 1:12 PM

Well, nomore, initially, the bid process and the spending of that AG settlement money stalled last fall, when one of the only capable people in the city's CD office left to go run sanitation.

Once Mike Keys was woken up and the demolitions were taken out of his hands, the process resumed in the Spring/early summer, rushed to get all the stuff dome by December 31st, the original deadline.

A few weeks ago, the state gave all localities an extension on the spending the money. They now have into 2014 to get it done.

So both were true.

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Sep-15-13 6:51 PM

Amazing that you say that Nativio because I believe I have proof in writing that the CD dept intentionally lied about the demolition bidding process.

I'm involved with a company doing such work. Colbert said they were running out of time forcing the CD dept to accept all incoming bids even though prices might be artificially inflated (recognizing time was running out to use the funds).

Wanting in on this I asked about the bidding process and was sent a letter advising me bids wouldn't begin till Sept.

Which scenario is true? It seems unlikely a City waits till Sept to take bids for work that should have already been done using funds that are due to expire.

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Sep-15-13 5:50 PM

Any competent Community Development Department would have been ACTIVELY processing emergency repair loans. They would actually care about stabilizing neighborhoods. They would actually have cared that a home repair could have allowed someone to avoid foreclosure. They would have cared that the public entrusted them with this money to be used properly and efficiently. They would have understood that their job was to use opportunities available to them to help keep elderly people in their homes. They would have cared about their job everyday not just on payday.

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Sep-15-13 9:16 AM

I concur with Mr Nativo

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Sep-15-13 7:56 AM

FRAUD and CHEAT. CHEAT and FRAUD. It's the way of life for many in power within this county's walls. They've gotten so use to getting away with it because no one has publicly challenged them. The Tribune is sitting on a potential landmine. All that is needed is a few full-time investigative reporters or private detectives to connect the dots. The information and witnesses are out there begging to be known and heard.

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Sep-15-13 7:41 AM

Mayor Franklin has no clue as to what he is doing as mayor or who he hires to do them. This is but another example of the administrations failures.

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Sep-15-13 7:29 AM

It actually smells like fraud to me.

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