This letter is in response to the letter Carole E. Lyle wrote on Oct. 19, 2013.
First of all, Mrs. Lyle is correct in stating that an ordinance was passed on March 15, 2011 to establish the positions of paid EMT’s in the Village of Bridgeport. However, what she failed to tell you was that the ordinance passed by six council members and signed by the Mayor DID NOT have the names of Dave Smith and Ben Lenz when read to council and passed by council. The so called “Present Vote” you refer to means yes, I am here, and yes, I vote yes. Unless you vote no, or if a conflict of interest then you abstain. The solicitor and the Mayor do not monitor the fire department payroll. This is done by the fire chief, the fiscal officer and LATELY the President of Council Dave Smith. Dave Smith has always prided himself in knowing the Village Law and the Ohio Revised Code. He has made numerous comments to me at council meeting that he knows the laws. When the public document (the ordinance) was questioned the past fiscal officer walked out without notice. Is this when Dave Smith and Ben Lenz turned themselves into the Ohio Ethics Commission? I guess they DID know the law but assumed they wouldn’t get caught.
Secondly, Mrs. Lyle you mentioned the Village employing relatives of the Mayor. Again … What you failed to state was Misty Smith, wife of Dave Smith, received two or three checks from the village. The Debini family, sister-in-law and brother-in-law of Dave Smith receive checks from the village and the list can go on and on. Really, do I care or who cares, if they are doing the job. The issue is about Dave Smith and Ben Lenz knowing the law and still receiving the compensation. A “Finding for Recovery” will be issued by the State Auditor’s office and the money will be paid back, regardless of how you feel, I feel or anyone else feels.
Thirdly, Mrs. Lyle you state the Mayor has the “Power.” I think somewhere along the line you forgot that the power lies with the council. Smith, Lenz, Husarik and yourself always vote as a block regardless of the issue. The Mayor does NOT vote, only if a tie. With your four votes the village has lost $60,000. in grant money which caused Ohio, Bench and High Street not to be paved. With your four votes, you have allowed a fiscal officer to work 10 hours per week but get paid for 24 hours per week. With your four votes, you hired an engineer paying him $4,000 and then voted against the grant. What a waste of money! In the “POWER” of Smith, Lenz, Husarik, and Lyle, the village is in complete chaos. They have created investigations, loss of employees, loss of grant money, audit discrepancies, penalty payments for Ohio Police and Fire Pensions and OPERS pensions.
Lastly, Mrs. Lyle, the real problem is Smith and Lenz just got caught with their finger in the pie! The four of you have spent ALL of your time blaming the Mayor and other candidates for your wrong doing that you have simply lost your focus and vision for the Village of Bridgeport. I also will not walk away, I will fight for what I believe in – “THE TRUTH”. If it takes more investigations and legal counsel, as a citizen, I will press charges for illegal activity. Smith, Lenz, Husarik and Lyle SHOULD BE and WILL BE held accountable for illegal activity as council members.
Dear Village Residents,
Four years ago, we came to you asking that you place your trust in us to restore integrity and honor to the Bridgeport Village Council. As the election draws near, we would like to ask you for that same trust, with your vote on November 5th.
We have been tirelessly working on your behalf to make Bridgeport a better place and to see it prosper for the years to come. This is being accomplished by making sure all village business is conducted in the proper manner, and that all village officials are held accountable to the same standards.
As your councilmen we have ensured that your tax dollars are spent wisely, while taking the measures necessary to protect the revenues the village currently receives. Also, when feasible, we have made personnel changes that cost us less money today compared to when we took office in 2010.
Our opponents in this year’s election have been carefully sought out and hand picked by the administration. They include: the mayor’s granddaughter, Mikida Clegg, his secretary Ann Gallagher’s husband, Vince Gallagher, former councilman Dave Coyne, known for saying, “Let the mayor handle it.” And loyal mayor disciple H. James Brubach, who just moved back into Bridgeport in June of last year, and does the mayor’s bidding at council meetings. Now we must ask who do these “hand-picked” candidates really want to serve?
In the recent controversy surrounding Mr. Smith and Mr. Lenz, two out of four of our opponents are directly involved (Mrs. Clegg & Mr. Brubach), and a third is indirectly involved (Mr. Vince Gallagher is married to the mayor’s secretary, Ann Gallagher). Once again we must ask, what is the true motivation behind their attacks? The mayor wants these “hand-picked” candidates to sit on council, to cast him a blank check, with no accountability, no checks and balances, and to help him keep his “power”.
Long ago, the three of us made a commitment to community service, as we have each served our community for nearly 30 years, sometimes in the citizen’s most dire times, not only as firefighters and EMT’s, we have also been involved in many charitable organizations and events throughout our teenage years and adult lives. Furthermore, Dave and Ben are also veterans of the United States Army, having served in the Persian Gulf War in 1991. We truly understand what it means to be a community servant.
During the course of this campaign, you may hear our opponents make many comments in regards to the three of us. We only ask, before you take any of these comments for fact, that you consider the following: (1) Who “hand-picked” these candidates? (2) Who was behind the recently filed lawsuit? (3) Who is really interested in serving the people? (4) Call any of the three of us, we have no reason to hide from the truth, what other candidates can say that? (5) Who is truly “For the People, Not the Power”?
In closing, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact any of the three of us. Marvin Husarik can be reached at 635-3235; Dave Smith can be reached at 738-0199; and Ben Lenz can be reached at 635-6913.
Thank you for your time and support. Please vote for Marvin Husarik, Dave Smith and Ben Lenz on November 5th for Bridgeport Village Council.
David W. Smith