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Wheeling to Decide Fate of HRC

City Council to have final say on allocation of $1M in Community Development Block Grant funding

May 6, 2013

WHEELING — Following much debate over the Wheeling Human Rights Commission’s role, City Council will settle the matter Tuesday by deciding how to distribute $1 million in federal Community......

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May-07-13 1:41 PM

I think the idea that being told you HAVE to have an HRC in your city in order to receive CBGB funding is ridiculous. If your state has an HRC then develop a program where the state send out people from their offices to handle any issues, legitimate issues, locally. I find it difficult to support an organization that uses their funding and time to rename city streets and develop a special parking space for one client at a local business. There are other needs in our city, such as Health Right, The Homeless Coalition and the Soup Kitchen, that could use this funding. It shouldn't be used to pay for those other things as mentioned above. Certainly not for dinner meetings at Perkins and other frivolous benefits.

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May-07-13 11:36 AM

No service for those who need it-get rid of it. I believe in fighting for those under-represented, its just never going to happen in wheeling-on a wheeling level. Cases are not going to be successful here, because it is always going to involve someone who knows someone. Thats the way its done. Let it be done at state level. Less chance of corruption.

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May-07-13 8:17 AM

It seems that those who opppose funding the HRC makes some good points about actual need, cost and duplication of effort though some go to far with their views. However, those who support it seem to be in the feel good community who think it should be funded so we can feel good about ourselves, whether its needed or not. I noticed some big time Wheeling liberal types like to testify and support the HRC, and yet they all are names of people we know cuz they got bucks. Write a check folks, fund it yourself instead of telling people who make mini wage to support something they don't use. There are 150 hungry lawyers eager to sue anyone who thinks their rights were violated, why do we need someone handing out brochures? The HRC is just one of those predictable things that boomer liberals think makes them not feel like conservatives no matter how rich they have gotten to be. It has such little activity how will we miss it? Well, keep last year's BMW another yr and write a check.

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May-06-13 10:04 PM

Only one posting in this thread is actually accurate, and it apparent you folks do not know the "rules" involved with CDBG funding, the East Wheeling project (especially you, Hefner - as always), or how the HRC operates and Mrs. Garrett's performance record. Ragnar's offered stats should reveal a ton about this situation.

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May-06-13 7:00 PM

Wouldn't YOU love a job in which you are paid $2,175 per year in attendance bonuses? Isn't that what the director is PAID to do?

Close to $55,000 per year in wages & benefits for a director who investigates 12 complaints per year?

If I was paid $17.48 for each email or phone call I received in any given year, I would be on the Forbes 400 list.

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May-06-13 6:57 PM

The HRC IS a waste of money. What do they do? How much discrimination is their in Wheeling, with the official minority census at 5% (the real number is much higher)?

Per the HRC budget request letter, in 2012, they received 3,148 inquiries. This number includes phone calls, emails and walk-ins. That is approx. 12.6 calls, emails or walk-ins per day, 5 days per week, 50 weeks per year.

How many of you would LOVE to only have a total of 12 phone calls/emails in any given workday?

11 complaints were filed in 2011 and 1 in 2012. 12 were investigated in 2012 (why not 2011). Only 2 had any sort of positive outcome.

The remainder of the time seems to be spent attending seminars and handling out literature.

Shut down this joke of an office and give a refund to those who pay taxes!

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May-06-13 6:49 PM

They now want to spend $400k to rebuild a playground when they were offering to give away several playgrounds due to lack of use, within the past year or two?

$224,000 for "administration" including $100,000 for another (or dozens) of plans that will collect dust?

I am not at all advocating for the HRC. But my tax dollars (federal) have no business paying for studies, funding soup kitchens or giving away free health care.

Every dollar the government gives away is one less dollar I have in my pocket to buy the things that I need.

Wheeling is a laughingstock. What a group of fools? Where is the remaining $124,000 (10% of the total grant) going in "administration"?

Why does the city manager of a slum town with 28,000 souls earn as much as the mayor of Pittsburgh, pop. 300,000?

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May-06-13 2:57 PM

CDBG. Another term for WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY!!!!!!

I think that $224,000 in administrative cost out of $400,000 says it all....

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May-06-13 1:36 PM

Newgirl- The "underrepresented" They have the right to one vote; the same as I. Offer Garrett another job, close the d@@@ thing and quit squabbling.

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May-06-13 12:05 PM

@newgirl: I know you are well intentioned but Wheeling does not need an HRC. I reviewed their annual report several years ago, and really, the HRC, also while well intentioned, does basically nothing except receive some phone calls, go to other group luncheons, and donate promotional material to those other groups. This entire operation if it were actually needed, could be handled by a part-time secretary for a maximum of $15,000 yearly.

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May-06-13 11:23 AM

How about reducing it to $300,000 and give $100,000 to protect the rights of those he need the SEMI FULLY staffed Human Rights Commission. How is it that you cut and cut, and the woman at the helm, still found ways, without staff, without assistants, without a receptionist,...apparently without a raise in 25 years, to continue to help fight for those who are un-represented or underrepresented? Pay the woman a reasonable salary, fund the program, and pull it in to whatever category is necessary based on the pot of money available. SHAME on anyone who wont help this program.

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May-06-13 9:48 AM

$400,000 to rebuild the Elk's playground in East Wheeling, you've got to be kidding. This is just money to be thrown into the Mayor's boondoggle sports field for WCCHS. Wheeling had one foot in the grave and this mayor is the banana peel under the other.

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