OPEN GOVERNMENT ??

SEVEN HILLS, OH  44131

John Adams:

“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people,

who have a right and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an

indisputable, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I

mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.

James Madison:

“A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it,

is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever

govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm

themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”    Quoted from:  2014 Ohio Sunshine Law Manual

Email:   Tom Jaros

Text Box: The Council President, Mike Barth, sets the agenda for Council Meetings. Ordinance 50-2013, meant to illegally remove the Seven Hills Charter required stipulatation for the existence of a Recreation Board, came to Council through one of those agendas. THE CURRENT CHARTER REQUIRES COUNCIL TO PROVIDE FOR A RECREATION BOARD - PERIOD ! See a separate article below for the exact Charter specification.

Despite Council-at-large candidate MIKE BARTH’s constantly repeated claim to "extensive municipal experience", that experience must not have included the concept of making himself aware of the governing laws in place during that “extensive” experience. Before becoming a Seven Hills council member, MIKE BARTH’s claim to fame was the operation of Burke Lakefront Airport. From page 5 of a 2003 report on Burke Lakefront: "Mr. Beach reported that the airport runs at an annual deficit of approximately $1 million to $1.4 million per year, which is offset by subsidies from Hopkins." See the report: here  

Is Barth including his deficit-generating tenure at Tinhorn Airport in his "extensive" experience? With the Seven Hills budget headed toward deficit, will Seven Hills taxpayers replace Hopkins in Barth's historically superb budget planning efforts ? He was member of Council when millions were squandered on the Recreation Center:  2007 - <$457,356>, 2008 - <$577,729>, 2009 - <$422,863>, 2010 – <$388,551>, 2011 - <$415,000>. The total of losses = $2,261,499.00

Despite the Charter requirement for a Recreation Board, then Mayor Bentkowski never satisfied that requirement. NO required taxpayer oversight via a Recreation Board. Mayor Dell’Aquila has also chosen to ILLEGALLY ignore that same requirement. CITY HALL ABOVE THE LAW ??

Ordinance 50-2013 decreases governmental transparency. Why was it presented to Council ?
From the Seven Hills Reporter  - January 26:
 Mayor Dell’Aquila said in the recent Community Newsletter, “Our meetings are open to the public but they are only sparsely attended and usually by the same few people.”

At the January 22, 2013 Council Committee and Caucus meeting, Council President Barth said to Council-at-large Trafis regarding the presence of four (4) attendees, “Just so you know, next time I 
would appreciate if you would give me a heads up when you are bringing people in here, please, I’ve asked you that before.”
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Apparently, LORD BARTH doesn’t like incursions into HIS domain. Illegal introduction of Ordinance 50-2013 is a display of his mindset and obvious disdain for Seven Hills Charter Law. 
What voter, in good conscience, would want to support Tyrant BARTH as a Councilman-at-large ??
Text Box: May 16, 2013                           Special Caucus Meeting held May 15th
This meeting was called so that the Charter Review Committee (CRC) could present its recommendations to Council. A few very interesting statements were made:
1. Bill Bishilany (CRC) stated that, in 2005, voters purportedly voted to remove the Recreation Board from the Charter. Apparently, the Charter was never updated to reflect that change. ????
NOTE: A 2008 certification of ordinances (Certified by Mayor Bentkowski) shows ordinance specifications for a Rec Board. Again - ????

2. Seven Hills Magistrate Eric Moore (CRC) stated part of the rationale behind the CRC’s suggested elimination of the Rec Board was to prevent the MEDDLING of a Recreation Board in matters such as the new 3 year contract with Parma Hospital that involves its use of the Rec Center.
Dell’Aquila appointee, Magistrate Moore suggesting a Charter change to prevent TAXPAYER “MEDDLING”. WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE ??  
MOORE NEEDS TO BE FIRED !!!!

3. Councilman at large David Bentkowski offered his previously heard opinion regarding raises in pay for Council members that were established by legislation previously put before and passed by voters. HE STATED THAT “VOTERS DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE VOTING FOR.”
In my opinion, the above information bears witness to the fact that regarding taxpayers as mushrooms is not a joke but a mindset at Seven Hills City Hall. City Hall putting ambiguous issues before voters ??
Text Box: May 16, 2013                           Special Caucus Meeting held May 15th - Additional
Mike Barth opened this meeting with a statement thanking the Mayor for his “top shelf appointments” (to the Charter Review Committee) and claiming that “the Charter is the, uh, Bible that basically runs this City”.

As to “top shelf”: 
1. The Charter Review Committee (CRC) took NO MINUTES at its first 2 meetings because they thought they weren’t necessary “because the meetings were open to the public”. That observation came from the CRC’s first Chairman - Tim Misconish. He was a no show at the second meeting as he had resigned from the CRC. TOP SHELF ! 

2. Mike Barth - a member of the CRC and self-acclaimed advisor to the CRC - sat by at the first meeting when Misconish’s statement was made and said nothing. TOP SHELF !
NOTE: Mayor Dell’Aquila started off this meeting of his top shelf appointees and continued his thereafter mute attendance. Maybe he didn’t want to spank his boys in public ?
NOTE: King Barth promised me, personally, that reconstructed minutes of the first 2 CRC meetings would be provided. They haven’t materialized as of this writing.

3. Magistrate Eric Moore, also a CRC member, sat in that same meeting and said nothing about the minute taking. Mr. Moore also claimed to have studied the Charter in depth before that meeting. TOP SHELF !
FACT: The Charter plainly states that minutes are to be taken at ALL public meetings.

4. CRC Member Bill Bishilany, current Ohio deputy treasurer and director of economic development, former Seven Hills Councilman, Service Director and recipient of a sizable check for retroactive pay from then Mayor Bentkowski said of the Charter Review Committee’s deliberations: "This is all a waste of time". TOP SHELF !
NOTE: Some months back, Mike Barth told Council that the review of the Charter might be the most important thing that Council did this term. 

All CRC members were given a copy of the Charter at that first meeting.

4. The 3rd meeting of the CRC was ILLEGALY convened. It was illegally convened because there was no advance public notice as required in the Charter. Self-acclaimed Advisor/Member MIKE BARTH and current Ward 1 Council Candidate JEFF BRYDA attended and were complicit in that ILLEGAL convening. TOP SHELF !

5. The 4th meeting of the CRC was scheduled so as to cause an overlap with a Council Caucus meeting and as such violated law regarding public meetings. That meeting found CRC Member Jeff Bryda asking other members about details regarding terms of Council Members. Those details are clearly explained in the body of the Charter he was appointed to critique. TOP SHELF !

As to the regard for the City of Seven Hills’ “Bible” - LORD MIKE BARTH Version:
1. At this meeting, Council at large Tom Snitzky was heard to ask how long the City has had 7 Council Members. The Charter clearly states when it became Law. It also clearly states the number of Council persons to be 7. It would appear that Snitzky has been playing hooky from Bible School.
2. Council President pro tem Draganic exhibited his ignorance of Charter-mandated minute taking requirements on 2 separate occasions. Pretty basic stuff. More hooky?
3. Charter-mandated observation of Ohio Sunshine Law at City Hall is weak at best. A Records Commission is mandated by Ohio Law and deemed an integral part of Sunshine Law by the State of Ohio Auditor. See another article on this site (March 18, 2013) for Council, the Mayor and the Law Dept. being put on notice about this. Where is it ?
4. Jeff Bryda, current Ward 1 Council Candidate, the CRC’s secretary according to LORD BARTH, is so convinced of the importance of the Charter and the democratic process that he couldn’t make it to this “Special” meeting on time.

An email sent to “Meddler Man” Moore by CRC Secretary Jeff Bryda:
On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 11:14 PM, Jeff Bryda <#######> wrote:
Meeting minutes attached for your review.  Please forward any changes you want added.
Thankyou, Jeff Bryda
Interesting that Secretary Jeff Bryda needed the input of Mr. Moore on minutes content. Was Moore to filter or add to manure before throwing it on the Mushrooms ?

Candidate for Ward 1 Council, Mr. Bryda’s mindset would blend right in at the current, lackadaisical and wasteful City Hall.
In a City Hall populated by people SERIOUS about giving taxpayers the maximum bang for their buck - Not so much.



Text Box:   *** Know the “characters and conduct” of our “rulers”.***

GOVERNMENT GONE WRONG IN SEVEN HILLS
Glaring examples of the City of Seven Hills transition toward a monarchy under the Dell’Aquila Administration:
At the January 22, 2013 Council Committee and Caucus meeting, Council President Mike Barth said to Council-at-large Trafis regarding the presence of four (4) attendees, “Just so you know, next time I would appreciate if you would give me a heads up when you are bringing people in here, please, I’ve asked you that before.”
Restricting access to, or adding conditions to, attendance of open meetings of governmental bodies is a violation of State of Ohio and City of Seven Hills Law.
Apparently, Lord Mike Barth doesn’t like incursions into HIS domain.

On May 16, 2013 Seven Hills Magistrate (appointed by Mayor Dell’Aquila) Eric Moore, in his capacity as Mayor Dell’Aquila’s appointee to the Charter Review Committee (CRC), stated that part of the rationale behind the CRC’s suggested elimination of the Rec Board was to prevent the MEDDLING of a Recreation Board (TAXPAYERS) in matters such as the new 3 year contract with Parma Hospital that involves its use of the Recreation Center. 
Council-at-large candidate MIKE BARTH is a member of, and self-acclaimed advisor to, the CRC. 
Ward 1 Council Candidate JEFF BRYDA is also a member of the CRC.  He is also endorsed by MIKE BARTH.

The 3rd meeting of the CRC was ILLEGALY convened. It was illegally convened because there was no advance public notice as required in the Seven Hills Charter - the City’s governing Law. Self-acclaimed Advisor/Member MIKE BARTH and current Ward 1 Council Candidate JEFF BRYDA attended and were complicit in that ILLEGAL convening.

MIKE BARTH, as stated in the PD articles below, excels in his ability to saddle taxpayers with loans. Already accrued and restructured debt promises to strangle Seven Hills taxpayers. City Hall is currently bragging about its ability to obtain MORE loans.
MIKE BARTH in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and online:
PD_0119_0120_2006.pdf
PD_0316_2006.pdf

Before taking his planning skills to Lorain County, MIKE BARTH was in charge of Burke 
Lakefront Airport. From page 5 of a 2003 report on Burke Lakefront: 
"Mr. Beach reported that the airport runs at an annual deficit of approximately $1 million to $1.4 million per year, which is offset by subsidies from Hopkins." 
See the report at:
http://urban.csuohio.edu/publications/center/center_for_community_planning_and_development/burke_0503.pdf
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MAYOR Dell’Aquila -- CHARACTER and CONDUCT
His Honor, a staunch Bentkowski supporter until David fell from favor, has been busy endorsing candidates in the upcoming election. He may be the City’s King of Cronyism based on Cleveland.com commentary on His use of the taxpayer-funded Seven Hills Community Newsletter found here.

Also on the November Ballot: Repeal the Charter requirement for a Recreation Board and rename the section of the Charter requiring it. Vote for this ONLY if you want to decrease Seven Hills governmental transparency. This amending was one of the products of the Charter Review Committee as described above on this page. Mayor Dell’Aquila recently chose to describe (in the Seven Hills Community Newsletter) this repealing and renaming as simply a renaming. The Rec Center has been a budget crushing personal playtoy of Mayors since the first Bentkowski administration. A VERY cooperative Council funded back-to-back Rec Center LOSSES totaling $2.2 million+. ZERO direct taxpayer oversight because the Charter stipulation that a Rec Board be appointed was illegally ignored by Mayors and Council. Read more here. 

The following links might explain a lot about some "otherworldly" statements that come out of City Hall. No wonder the Mayor was such a staunch Superman supporter. SEE: http://mufon.com/ 
Then see: Ohio MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) http://www.mnmufon.org/contact3.htm and you’ll find "Richard Dell'Aquila, Assistant State Director,151 E.Pleasant Valley Rd, Seven Hills, OH 44131"

Please see the statement presented to Council on April 18, 2013 on the next page for additional info.
Text Box: To see the introductory letter sent to Ward 1 residents by Council Candidate Tom Jaros please click here.
Text Box: To see the second letter sent to Ward 1 residents on 10/30/13 click here.
Text Box: Interesting links and online articles/commentary regarding our “Rulers”.

Unanswered questions to Planning Commission re nursing home here. 
Unanswered Email to Dell'Aquila and Barth 10/27/13 here.
Unanswered Email questioning BARTH about campaign donations here.
Barth 2011 campaign finance report here.
Pinnacle Park Zoning specifications here.
Cleveland.com on the Nursing Home here. 
$6,000,000.00 on the backs of Lorain Taxpayers by Barth here.
Plain Dealer on Mike Barth here.

Misleading Voters on Charter Amendment here.
Dell'Aquila misusing Community Newsletter for political endorsements here.
Seven Hills lax on carrying out State Performance Audit recommendations here.