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Garrett: ‘Eyes & Ears’ Needed

HRC director decries planned cuts to city agency’s funding

March 1, 2013

WHEELING — If City Council votes to slash the Wheeling Human Rights Commission’s budget by almost 90 percent as City Manager Robert Herron has recommended, Executive Director Theresa Garrett will......

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Mar-04-13 8:41 AM

@WWU: Thank you for acknowledging the great work of the HRC. People do not understand the impact this office has on EVERYONE! You can see that by the lack of knowledge displayed in some of these posts. Unfortunately, most people think of it as a service needed only by minorities.

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Mar-02-13 12:01 PM

Let's face it. The HRC exists to allow 5% of the area population (you know which group) to use tax dollars to push themselves to the front of the line for taxpayer handouts.

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Mar-01-13 8:05 PM

Best way to fill the lack of funds for the WHRC is to cut salaries of mayor, council and city manager to make up the difference. After all they are for the Wheeling having the best for the people. The federal government cut pay why not council cutting their pay.

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Mar-01-13 2:31 PM

RichardWhee: The HRC protects the rights of ALL. Specifically those who have been discriminated against in employment, housing, and places open to public because of race, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age (40+), disability, and familial status(specifically to housing). An organization I belonged to was wrongly accused of discrimination and without the HRC they could have incurred tremendous expenses in court. Thank goodness this was handled in Wheeling and not 200 miles away!

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Mar-01-13 1:48 PM

I have neverr been to or inquired of the Human Rights. What actually have they done to improve [If needed} things? Seemes to me that this office was created to say that Wheeling has one. Now the powers that be say it's not needed and the money could be better used.

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Mar-01-13 9:39 AM

@Hef...hence the word "implication"

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Mar-01-13 9:34 AM

I earnestly suggest that you look at the annual report this organization furnishes to the council and you will readily see what a waste of money this agency is.

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Mar-01-13 9:25 AM

Did I say the lunches were paid for? A bit defensive I would say. I wonder?

The Wheeling Health Right is by far the most important of all of the various agencies.

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Mar-01-13 9:22 AM

If I do recall council was asking for a raise themselves. There making approx $780.00 per month, if they worked for 10 hours a week which I knowing some members daily activities and 10 hours is generous that's $19.50 dollars per hour not including any benefits or other compensation, $19.50 per hour don't think there's many citizens in the city making that kinda money !! No wonder we have decention among us here, tear down the city, eliminate jobs, build playgrounds, but lets give ourselves nice new offices and raises WOW

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Mar-01-13 8:53 AM

Although the HRC has been funded by CDBG monies, it is not mandatory that only those funds be used. In the past, they received General Fund monies. I suppose the City Manager would rather spend $180K from the General Fund for police cruisers to an out-of-state business rather than invest $66k on promoting Human Rights in the City of Wheeling. Does anyone understand this rationale when there is a $1 MILLION cash carryover??

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Mar-01-13 8:42 AM

In response to Hef's implication that tax dollars were used at meetings;that is a blatant untruth. Every member and the Director paid, and continues to pay, for their own meals. You should be ashamed of yourself, Hef. Are you sure you're not on City Council? Maybe you should be asking who pays for Council and it's Administration's meals.

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Mar-01-13 8:21 AM

I have been a vocal opponent of the WHRC as I see it a redundancy in bureaucracy. But having recently spoken to one of its volunteer members (a man of high integrity that I have the utmost regard for), my position has softened to some degree.

Due largely to the logistics involved, the local commission is able to resolve many of the cases brought before it through arbitration, which in the long run could potentially save the taxpayer money by not having these cases getting rapped up in the state system. However, they do need a reasonable budget in which to operate.

Given the choice of whether to spend the CDBG funds on this commission or on the Wheeling Health Right, the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling, the Greater Wheeling Homeless Coalition, which only serve to promote more homelessness in the community, I'll take the WHRC every time.

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Mar-01-13 8:08 AM

Sooooo again how much did we spend on the new CHAIRS AND CHAMBER like $166,000.00 that's right she will lose her job, struggle even more with paying her bills, insurance, butt and I do mean BUTT we will have some soft tooshies in council meeting. The few hours that there there a month, WAIT that's right they also want a RAISE !!!

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Mar-01-13 7:58 AM

The effect of this downsizing will be most noticeable in the restaurant industry. The lunches this group must hold to conduct business will stop when the tax dollars stop.

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