“To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.”
Submitted by Name: Kennon Departure
Comments: I believe Kennon got the heav-ho because he tried to stop Dover Corporation from providing parts to Bulk Truck and Transport which is owned by the Auxiers and buys a lot of parts from the parent company for the truck building operation.
Petty vengeance by Kennon wasn't tolerated when it interfered with making money.
Kennon was just the most obvious of the Midcor/EDP/JCIDC group who feel all should never question anything they want or do.
Added: February 11, 2016 06:22:44 AM
Submitted by Name: The man
Comments: Tired Deal> you forgot that Warren is the man that got Kennon bumped down the ranks and summoned back to headquarters where he could retire quietly. I doubt Ungru learned anything. Warrens one of the smartest people in this town. Every crooked politician in town runs scared of him.
Added: February 10, 2016 08:27:32 PM
Submitted by Name: tired deal
Comments: Ungru saw what Kenyon of Rotary Lift did to Auxier Gas when he got mad at Warren for being truthful and is afraid they will blackball his businesses. So he became their front man. Does anyone believe he knows anything abot manufacturing? Cub is nothing but a shoddy way to train high school students for low paying factory jobs.
While we may not hurt his tire busness to the extent Kenyon did, every customer that doesn't go there is one less out of town meal Ungru can pay for with Madison money
Added: February 10, 2016 08:18:57 PM
Submitted by Name: Clucker
Comments: Heard it from several reliable sources Trevor was at Kroger doing his chicken wing gig and when he saw anyone he knew he ran to the back to hide. Guess wingin it isn't very glamorous.
Added: February 10, 2016 07:46:48 PM
Submitted by Name: Bought
Comments: Ungru won't go broke but it's good some people don't go to Koehlers anymore. I don't ever since he stood up at the last public meeting and said why it was so important to keep new high wage paying companies out of Madison. He said it was to protect existing industry. Somehow I doubt that's in any plan the city has. The truth is Ungru was bought. He now is the errand boy for bigger industry. He gets their printing paper , paper towels and even their toilet paper then deliveries of right to the plant as if he was the walmart delivery boy. I still think everybody should go to another auto shop but Ungru won't notice much difference because of the new services he put in place a couple years ago.
Added: February 10, 2016 07:44:24 PM
Submitted by Name: Thanks Mike
Comments: I can't help but notice how Mikes first post really showed what most of us say. People are fed up and really mad about local government paying people to keep good jobs out and wages low. The Grotes don't need more money but Mike and his family sure do. So thanks Mikd for telling it like it is. Johns point was well meaning and your next posts were easier to read but still how we something is just as important as the way we say it. I hope you find a good paying job. Sorry about your parents and family struggling. Nobody cares about grammar when they can't pay the heat bill especially when it's this cold out.
Added: February 10, 2016 07:38:10 PM
Submitted by Name: John * * * From: Chicago E-mail: Contact
Comments: I too have bought my last tire from Koehler. I never knew Ungru owned that business.
Added: February 10, 2016 07:31:52 PM
Submitted by Name: Tami From: 4 tami
Comments: Mike- the county "defunded" JCIDC & commissioners Schafer & Little have both stood their ground on not contracting with JCIDC again. Mr. Cash has worked with JCIDC to support their lawsuit against the county. The city has no contract that commits them to pay JCIDC. However, it is my understanding JCIDC will submit a bill for services in March whether or not those services have been effective. In fact its my understanding that there will be no review of real data & that instead the decision will be based on who is friends with who & what political favors can be passed. If you or anyone are interested in real data that shows effectiveness or not- let me know or post the request- I'll be sure someone gets that information to JB to share with you.
Finally I think the discussion on helping people get to jobs at the big industrial park south of us is interesting. Maybe one way to test to see if the county should or could provide support for transportation is to examine how many employees actually work in Clark & other counties, then offer a page on the county website that allows people to post ride share opportunities & perhaps send a commissioner or two to Amazon as they recently worked closely with an another town to subsidize busing workers into the plant. I would also like for local employers to be able to post available jobs on the county site.
Its no secret I favor an updated county website. Every elected official for the past 8 years has promised to upgrade public access- yet the only change has been that Jefferson County continues to fall further & further behind. (or is it farther??)Have a great night everyone. JB will be back this evening.
Added: February 10, 2016 07:22:31 PM
Submitted by Name: grapevine
Comments: Jcidc has an opening for at least one board member as several persons have been asked. Could be some of the members are abandoning ship, some such as Damon love the imagined prestege of being a board member - until lawsuits start that might include them.
Also, without checking their bylaws, we don't know when their fiscal year ends.
I would imagine Mr Ungru is not anxious to face the public after the * * * he made himself in reply to Warren's polite warrented question.
Added: February 10, 2016 07:21:28 PM
Submitted by Name: Tami for JB
Comments: Many years back Warren Auxier brought legal action against Midcorp- now JCIDC. As part of the settlement, JCIDC must send Mr. Auxier copies of the minutes from their board meetings. Warren has always been generous in sharing information with the public. Unless he has simply missed reviewing the annual meeting minutes- it is fair to say the 2015 annual meeting has not taken place.
Regarding JCIDC- other issues that have been brought to Jbs attention include: there is no signed contract between JCIDC & the city for 2016. Probably an oversight since the funding is assumed to be a foregone conclusion as Mayor Welch & city council continue to provide funding despite lack of results. It could be back dated tomorrow. Additionally the previous contract signed when Mr.Kennon was president has not been updated with metrics. The revolving loan program is in disarray & no one seems to know who is in charge of what. The final say on the revolving loan program rests with city council as it always has. Any lack of timely action is the responsibility of council unless of course the city has donated a half million to JCIDC to administer. To JBs knowledge that has not occurred.