​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Planning Commission Meeting Records Concealed from Public and Manipulated......

​February 22, 2017​     5 PM


Opinions in this column are those of Douglas Oppenheimer, Facts are not opinions.


Altered Minutes



​   ​ There has been nothing in our community more egregious than the intentional concealing of  Planning Commission Minutes from August and October  2016. Our seven Planning Commission members, our City Manager, and our City Law Director all equally share in the purposeful act of concealing from the public "Important Public Records". As of this date the three city entities,  Manager Moeller, Attorney Fox and our Planning Commission members have all violated their oaths of office and as such should either resign their positions or be removed. Our City Manager, City Attorney, and seven members of Planning Commission, have NO excuse for their actions and  no longer can be trusted as members of our city government.


​10:30 PM 2/24  Today our City Manager released copies of the altered August and October planning commission minutes that were signed by Mrs. Schlagbaum, Chairwoman of the Madeira Planning Commission. Copies of the minutes have been turned over to a legal team for review and further action. City Attorney, Brian Fox in his January 9th letter to developer Thomas Powers stated that the August and October 2016 Planning Commission approvals given to developer Powers are rescinded, but the June 20, 2016 "0" parking approval is still in question. ​(Green button above.)


February 27, 2017, At this evenings city council meeting I read from the planning commission minutes, August and October 2016 including the alteration that our Law Director Fox inserted on February 21, 2017. Mayor Adrien and Law Director Fox both made it clear that the incriminating documents that I read from would not be included in tonight's city council minutes. ​See January 9th letter from Fox on page 4.


​B&B Mower Electric Pole Relocation... continued...


   A new public records request will be submitted to Madeira addressing the  "public Comments" from Madeira spokeswoman Theis,  Historical photos and documents that have been reviewed, indicate that the electric pole in question is in the right of way as required, and always has been, but photos show that the front, showroom of the B&B Mower building was built illegally on the city right of way and was allowed to be built directly underneath the electric and telecom service that was and is still attached to the electric pole. One question to be asked in the records request will be for a copy of the building permit that allowed B&B Mower to violate our building code including what city official by name, approved the building  permit and what city official approved the final inspection after the construction was completed. If this electric pole, directly in front of the existing vacant B&B building is to be moved, it stands to reason and contrary to public comments from Councilwoman Theis, that either the present owners of B&B Mowers, or any potential person desiring to develop the property should pay the cost of moving the pole in question, not Madeira taxpayers, nor Duke Energy Rate payers. This story will be continued.


March 4, 2017


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​    The photo to your right  provides a possible 

​reason  why Councilwoman Theis is such a  

​ proponet  for relocating the B&B Mower Electric Pole at Madeira Tax Payers expense. Relocating the electric pole provides an additional 5 or 6 foot for building construction, out onto Railroad Avenue. It should not be the responsibility of Madeira Tax Payers or Duke Energy Rate Payers to pay the cost of relocating this pole for the convenience of a local developer, or the owners of the vacant B&B Mower property. Kudos to the person or persons Theis is in reference to, for  filing a complaint with the Ohio PUCO. Mrs. Theis is running for re-election this November and is pushing for the passage of six proposed charter amendments at the costly "special election" May 2nd. ​See page 8.











​Madeira City Manager Attempting to Defraud Duke Energy......

March 15, 2017

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    ​Madeira City Manager, Tom Moeller has been meeting with Duke Energy officials in an attempt to have the electric pole fronting the B&B Mower property relocated. City Manager Moeller has not presented the true "Facts" to Duke energy nor has he explained the history of this electric pole. The truth is explained in the following six page letter authored by Mr. James Tepe. Mr. Tepe has been meticulous in his research explaining in detail the history of this particular electric pole. Moeller has not presented the correct facts to the Duke Energy Company, apparently with the full support of our city council members.



Any Victims ...........

​March 19,2017

​Suggested Best Use For B&B property At Right


​   Tom Moeller provided an appraisal that concluded that the B&B Mower property had a value of nearly $200,000.00, when Developer Powers thought that the B&B property owners would be willing to sell the property at that lower price. When it became apparent that the B&B property owners were unwilling to sell at the lower price, Moeller acquired a second appraisal from a different appraisal company justifying what apparently was an increased  value exceeding,  $600,000.00. The higher appraised value required a large financial contribution of tax payers dollars. The B&B property owners were intentionally misled by both developer Powers, and our City Manager Thomas Moeller. Our city should offer to purchase the B&B property for a city commons park, that would lead to further downtown development. See the drawing at right of this column. The owners of the B&B property should expect that the city will pay a price reflected in the last appraisal. 

Madeira Budget & Finance Committee meeting, February 11, 2019, subject is transfer cost of trash collection to Madeira home owners. >>>>>

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​​​​Judge Dinklelacker Makes Corrective Entry, Dismissal Now Changed, "Without Prejudice" The Story..

October 25, 2017



​       At this weeks City Council meeting, councilmember Scott  Gehring a man who has shown the utmost integrity , added to that nights agenda under old business "resolution 17-16".  He suggested that the resolution had gotten stale and should be considered for repeal. The resolution was passed in April 2016. Scott and Councilman Tom Ashmore both voted against the resolution. Both of these men were courageous when casting their votes. There was a stench associated with 17-16. A copy of the resolution is posted above on the red button.


    This story had its beginning long before 2016 and has involved various Madeira Mayors and an assortment of Council Members. Emails and other documents acquired thru many Public Records Request  cast no doubt that our city officials including our city manager Thomas Moeller various city attorneys, various law firms, and one local developer were in collusion, beginning as far back as 2010. There is ample proof that our city and one restaurant developer would go to any extreme while ignoring the rights and interest of other Madeira owners of land and other assets. 


​    The lawsuit was filed in December 2015, and if Attorneys representing our city were truthful, the legal action would have been concluded in early 2016. In the transcript posted above on the green button attorneys for the city testified numerous times that the developer, Thomas Powers had lost his option to purchase the proposed restaurant site (vacant B&B Mower property)  and no long had any interest in the purchase of the property, thus the current ruling not yet finalized from the Hamilton County Court of Appeals. That ruling is expected to allow for a refiling of  a  new legal action against any further effort to sell part of or the entire Historic District property, and an opportunity to discover if attorneys representing the city committed perjury.

    

​   This brings us back to resolution number 17-16 (posted on the red button above) passed in April 2016. Councilman Gehring was right to bring this resolution to City Councils attention. Resolution 17-16 was passed with one purpose in mind, to circumvent the outcome of the lawsuit filed in December 2015 (posted above on all three buttons) following the passage of legislation selling parts of our Historic District and colluding with the developer, in an effort to wrongfully expend more than one to two million dollars of tax payer funds benefiting a developer. unwilling to spend his our money. This story may not yet have an end.​​

Silverton Ohio....

February 10, 2019

Madeira City Council Members Outed, Drop Their Slogan, "Madeira is Living Paycheck to Paycheck"....

September 25, 2018


      Madeira City Council members have dropped their slogan "Madeira is Living Paycheck to Paycheck" for good reason, there is no evidence that our city was ever in a financial position described, the slogan can only be construed as pure and simple propaganda. Madeira Financials from August 2018 are posted on the white button above, including a Draft Copy of the Madeira 2019 Budget. The August Financials continue showing substantial increase in tax revenue while expenses are well in check. See November 6, 2018 ballot Language, very vague, and the full text of Ordinance # 18-06 both documents posted on the brown button beneath this paragraph.

Madeira Living Paycheck  

To Paycheck, Really.....

​September 14, 2018                                                                                                                                                 




       "Our City is Living Paycheck to Paycheck"  This slogan has and is being used concealing the truth, our city is not living Paycheck to Paycheck. Currently our council members are spending like Drunken Sailors, no matter that the expenditures are not included in the budget. All Terrain vehicles, $14,000.00, Real Estate, $130,000.00, two new police officers, and questionable relocation of electric facilities $18,000  Lets review the facts beginning with "The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report of the City of Madeira for the year Ended December 31, 2017 (CAF 2017) states the following.


   * "The general fund is the chief operating fund of the City of Madeira. At the end of the current fiscal year, unassigned fund balance of the general fund was $2,263,826."  Posted on Blue button CAF 2017 - Page 19


    * "The fund balance of the City of Madeira's general fund increased by $323,870.00 during the current fiscal  year." This was largely the result of an "increase in tax collections of $262,994 due to a stronger economy." Posted on Blue button CAF 2017 - Page 19.


    The City of Madeira Memorandum regarding the July 2018 - Financial Reports, dated August 24, 2018, documents the fact that this strong financial position has continued to improve during the current year.


     * "Total CF (general fund) Revenue is up $934,000 over YTD 2017."  Total General Fund Expenses are up $169,000 over YTD 2017." This represents an additional operating surplus of $765,000 for the first 7 months of 2018 over 2017." Posted on Red button July 2018 financials.


     This increase in tax revenue revenues for the City of Madeira is not a short - term phenomenon, but rather, is evidence of a longer - term trend. Since 2012, income and property tax revenues have grown each year and every year. From 2012 through 2017, Property tax and Municipal Income Tax revenues have grown from $4,226,885 to $5,283,232, representing an increase of 25% . CAF 2017 Blue button Pages 104 & 105.


     This growth in tax revenue was during a time when there were no increases in property tax or earnings tax rates. CAF 2017 Blue button, Pages 107 - 110.


     It is reasonable to expect this growth in tax revenue to continue as Madeira continues to experience widespread upgrades in residential housing. New, higher valued homes are replacing existing homes, which consequently drives higher property tax revenues. The higher cost homes also limit buyers to higher income earners, which also drives higher income tax revenues. Add to this, the $3,000,000 annual payroll from Traditions at Camargo, page 18 (opening in 2019), the undetermined payroll of "Hoppin' Vines Tap House and Wine Bar, page 5 (replacing TGIF opening 2nd quarter 2019) and the yet undetermined Pub 81, page 5, payroll and associated, increased real-estate tax's, the proposed earning tax increase is unjustified and uncalled for. And what exactly are the spending plans, how is our city council going to spend our tax money, do we have a ship load of "Drunken Sailors".


Other Increases Imposed by Our City Council Members


*Youth participating in Madeira (out of school) sports programs saw increased cost imposed to cover Madeira $10,000 annual Turf rental at High School.

*Substantial increased traffic fines and stepped up enforcement efforts.

*Cost of Building Permits increased.

*Council imposed a 3% tax on monthly dues of Kenwood Country Club members, collecting $188,000 annually.

*Council members expect Madeira voters to approve a quarter percent increase in our earnings tax.


    Strongly suggest that readers of this report review the August 20th Madeira Planning Commission meeting posted below this report. Planning Commission members complicit in concealing and hiding facts from Madeira residents. Adrien has admitted that replacing all of the former Planning Commission members had a purpose, former members did not follow orders like our six new hand picked planning Commission members.

 

  Photo at right, brick plaza entrance to City Hall, council had the funds to correct the plaza repairs but thought that this image would create resident empathy. Try getting away with ignoring your sidewalk replacement

​​​​​​MayorAdrien and

Law Director Fox

​Squashing Criticism

​February 28, 2017


​   At this past Monday night Council meeting, Mayor Adrien again attempted to shift the blame for the irresponsible year 2016, $100,000.00 plus payments to City Law Director Brian Fox and his associates at the Law Firm, Graydon - Head.  Adrien made a point at the council meeting of pretending that someone other than she and six other members of city council can magically cause the approval and expenditure of tax payers money. Mayor Adrien is  supporting recent actions by our Planning Commission members that are expected to be  proven violations of the Ohio Revised Code, the Sunshine Act, and according to our  Law Director, Brian Fox, ethics violations and conflicts of interest. Please click onto the Red and Blue buttons top right of this page.

​     Mayor Adrien and Council members have just discontinued the inclusion of any resident correspondence in the "Council Packets" that are judged to be critical of our city government. At this weeks city council meeting Adrien instructed our new City Council Clerk to ignore public request to include  in the council minutes, the January 9th letter from our Law Director Brian Fox, notifying Developer Powers that his application number ZA-2016-0028 has been rescinded. ​​The request, squashed by our Mayor included alterations that were added to the long delayed Planning Commission minutes from August and October 2016, just approved one week ago. It appears that our Law Director is "playing loose and fast", and our Mayor is covering up the facts.​Review red and blue buttons top of this page and Page 4.

​   Mayor Adrien knows full well that every past and present legal action taken against the City of Madeira has been warranted and justified, and should not imply otherwise. To those misled Madeira residents, please consider that you have the right to say anything, but anyone posting cowardly, malicious, erroneous, or unsubstantiated allegations on Facebook should  be  forewarned  of the potential consequences. Your postings have been lifted from Facebook,  are safely secured and will be reviewed. ​More to come.



​Relocation Of B&B Electric Service Pole explained by Council Woman Theis ..........

March 2, 2017          B&B Structure is in Right of Way


​   ​The mystery surrounding meetings with Duke Energy and our city have now been explained. Councilwoman Traci Bayer Theis, self appointed spokesperson for the City of Madeira stated "We have (the city) contacted Duke to move the utilities. The pole needs to be moved. This is at Dukes expense". Councilwoman Theis is referencing the electric pole directly in front of the vacant B&B Mower property.  The question was then asked " Any time frame for this?",  Theis replied, "I am checking on this seems the progress on correcting the improper installment of the pole has been stalled. There are apparently a few residents that have complained to the public utilities commission that Duke rate payers should not foot the bill to correct the mistake".  The next question submitted to Madeira spokesperson Theis was "So let me get it straight, the utilities company, 20 years ago ILLEGALLY put this pole on private property, and now want to move it to where it should have been in the first place, correct". Councilwoman Theis replied "Yes that is correct-however the progress has been stalled by a few residents who have launched a complaint to the Public Utilities Commission (PUCO). Duke is governed by PUCO and Duke has stopped the progress of moving the pole when they received an inquiry by PUCO. I will keep you posted if I receive more information". 

 

​Continued next column...

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City Manager Moeller attempting to convince Duke Energy that "Rate Payers" must pay to have the Electric pole relocated, benefiting local Developer Thomas Powers. Moeller has been untruthful, telling Duke that the power lines were installed by the power company above the former B&B showroom, no Moeller knows that the showroom was illegally allowed by City of Madeira to be constructed under existing power lines. Is this another favor for the developer?

Madeira Ordered to Pay Back Tax's, Moeller, Adrien, Theis, Fox, Biggest Attempted Cover Up Ever, Explained......

​  June 11, 2017​


​    The cover up has been exposed. Our residents and our schools have been bilked for 21 years. Our city manager has misled the Hamilton County Auditor, and the Ohio Department of Taxation for more than 21 years. A near secret 99 year agreement with Madeira businessman Henry Schneider is a major factor along with City Manager Moeller, Law Director Fox, Mayor Adrien, Vice Mayor Theis and our five council members actively helping to conceal the non payment of Real-Estate tax's that were required to have been paid. To conceal the requirements of a bad agreement with Schneider, Moeller and others attempted to give away more than a half million dollars of city tax revenue for a phony public parking lot in an effort to conceal the tax issues that Moeller and council members were well aware of. Our Planning Commission members also had a role when they granted local developer Tom Powers unwarranted variances, clearly part of the effort to conceal the effects of the 99 year agreement. The Planning Commission actions are currently tied up in several lawsuits. Please review the documents posted on the red button above. No longer can Moeller, Fox and Adrien conceal the facts. This story is still developing, and more details will be provided in the coming days. ​Full Disclosure, There was one important benefit in the 99 year Schneider Agreement favorable for our city, egress is provided from the parking area to Laurel Avenue. ​June 26,2017 ​ Moeller now calling all parking spaces, "Commercial Parking" admitting that he created documents to evade paying Real-Estate tax's.​​​​​​​​​​

   According to the Bio posted on his personal Facebook page, Madeira Councilman Brian Mueller was the chairman of Silverton's Planning and Zoning Commission from 2008 thru 2011. This writer does not dispute that fact nor that Mr. Mueller has for most of his tenure as a member of the Madeira City Council, been the spokesman for our City Council, including presenting many of the facts in support of the recently defeated Madeira Earnings Tax ballot issue, 16. Mr. Mueller played an important role last year when our council "imposed" an admissions tax on every Kenwood Country Club member. Mr. Mueller was also instrumental in 2018 when council imposed increased fees on families with youth involved in Madeira Sports activities. Now Councilman Mueller is again in the forefront, strongly suggesting and recommending that the City of Madeira must impose another annual fee of at least $539,000 upon Madeira residents. For the past 60 years our tax collections have paid for Trash/Waste Collection. What is happening in our city reminds me of the old German Folktale, the Pied Piper. My observation is that Councilman Mueller is the Piper, maybe he has that magical flute, that our other council members can't resist. My observations have been while in attendance at nearlyevery council meeting, and most of the Budget and Finance Committee meetings, Councilman Mueller has been directing Madeira City Council. It appears that Mr. Mueller has adopted, believes in and shares most of what he learned while serving as Chairman of the Silverton Planning and Zoning Commission, from 2008 through 2011. Madeira historically has no history matching the last decade of Silverton History, this report is not meant to disparage the Village of Silverton,our communities are not the same, google Silverton and you will find many differences. Mueller has not presented any argument that would have justified an increase in the Earnings tax last November and he has less argument for forcing the Waste Collection cost onto Madeira Households. What appears certain, is that Mr. Mueller agrees with Silverton politics, Silverton residents pay on their water bills a monthly fee for their trash collection plus Silverton residents pay a 5% handling fee to Cincinnati Water Works in addition to the trash Collection cost. Silverton also got rid of their police department deciding that they could do better by contracting with the Hamilton County Sherriff. How soon will that recommendation surface? Recently on the Speak Out Madeira Facebook site, it was suggested that Madeira may be on a slippery slope, and that resident was correct. This writer/reporter is only one voice, Madeira residents must object and demand answers from all of our city council members, demand, demand, demand. Photos above, Apartment complex under construction at Montgomery and Stewart Road / Silverton Historical City Hall still owned by Silverton but leased as a Brewery, Grill / Refurbished Former Funeral Home now Silverton City Hall / Police Cruisers in Silverton City Hall Parking Lot, Contracted from Hamilton County Sherriff

  Our Democrat Mayor Nancy Spencer, Vice Mayor Hilberg and the other five council members will continue cheating Madeira residents out of public meetings this Monday night contrary to requirements in our City Charter and the Ohio Revised Code, and yes you will be told by these dishonest members of city council, that Governor Mike Dewine has commanded that they must not appear in public meetings. If you hear this from any council member let them know that they are lying, tell them that you have read Ordinance Number 20-06 (top of this page) allowing every Madeira meeting to be held on "ZOOM"  none are "public meetings". Let council members know that you know that Mayors Court has continued to be held as usual in spite of the passage of 20-06. Every council committee and commission meeting continue to be held on ZOOM and are not "public meetings". Milford, Montgomery, and Loveland continue having public meetings, unlike our cowardly members of city council. City Council is denying us the opportunity to participate fully because of meetings held in the basements of council members or from Colorado where Councilman Gehring was at, two meetings ago, (see top of this page). 

​  Included on the blue button above (use your mouse to click on to the button) is the draft of a five year  lease allowing resident Sean Redden to operate a Meat and Fish Market in our historic B&O Depot. Twice in recent past history our council members have allowed two tenants leasing the Depot to get out of five year obligations, one was Sean Reddens Uncle, Bill Cunnigham. The fact is that Sean has no more than a 50-50 chance that his business will be successful. Madeira tax payers are giving Sean six months of free rent and council members are only requiring a $1,000 deposit, very unprofessional, and not business like. As a Madeira tax payer I expect better from our council, a guarantee that this time Madeira tax payers will not be financially screwed if this tenant fails to complete the terms of his five year lease beginning with a larger deposit.

  

 Included also on the blue button is a council plan that will affect numerous downtown business owners depending on the undisclosed, secret council plans for downtown development. More on this later.

Madeira Government..

Hamilton County Court of Appeals Rules That "Portions of Vacant Land" in Historic District Can be Sold....

October 27, 2017


     

​        ​Court rules that 2014 Charter amendment does not extend beyond footprint of three Historical Structures, Hosbrook House, Muchmore House, and the Railroad Depot. What's next, we will see .....  Review White Button Above.

Judges Cannot, & Did Not Define "Portions Of Vacant Land", None There, Basis for New Legal Action...

October 27, 2017, One PM


​    There is a disagreement with the findings ( see white button above ) of the Court of Appeals. The court has incorrectly ruled that the City of Madeira can sell "Portions of vacant Land", but cannot show that there is any vacant land, nor specifically define "a portion" associated with any of the three properties that were described in the 2014 Charter Amendment passed by 60% of Madeira voters.  ​Our city as recently as this past Tuesday defined all three addresses as included in the "Historic District", no "vacant  Land" The Three Judges  ​( Mock,  Myers, and Deters ) sitting on this court did not and cannot define any vacant land associated with any of the three addresses located within the "Historic District", BECAUSE THERE IS NO VACANT LAND.


​   In addition the Trial Court Judge , Judge Dinklelacker, took for Gospel the word of Madeira City Attorneys BrianFox and Steven Goodin that" Mr. Powers contract is gone with the prospective sellers, (B&B Mowers owners John and Jerry Johnson) it is my understanding the contract, there is no reason for him to enter into a contract with Madeira any longer for the sale of that small portion of the piece of property that's located in the historic district".


​    ​Why didn't Judge Dinklelacker require an affidavit substantiating that the Johnsons and developer Powers no longer had any further contracts or options for the purchase of the B&B Mower property. Without proof there was only the word of two lawyers speaking on behalf of a developer that also was represented by the same two city attorneys or represented by their law firm. Were the two city attorneys truthful, why wasn't the lawsuit "moot"  on February 23, 2016, again if  Fox and Goodin were telling the truth, there was no "agreement" purchasing the B&B Mower property.

Printed minutes from January 28, 2019 Budget & Finance Committee Meeting, subject Waste Collection Transfer of cost to Home owners. >>>>>


Douglas Oppenheimer / Madeira News

   Read the above letter from council spokesman Mueller, he tells us that the city has the $100,000.00 funding in place for  city plaza repairs, but Mueller forgot that our city council has instructed that the same funds be used for payment of $100,000.00  to Envisions Group. Envisions Group was hired to provide Madeira with a Comprehensive Plan. The invoice posted to your left was submitted by the Envisions Group, and paid from MRVMA funds that had been moved into the city's general fund, thus hiding the fact that the MRVMA money (insurance windfall) was misappropriated.  Mueller in his own words tells us that the MRVMA had to be used only for certain projects, in this case the city plaza repairs. What is the truth? Below untruthful  10/21/2018 posting on Speak Out Madeira, read Ordinance Number 18-06  posted on brown button above left. Mayor Theis is wrong. 

Local Madeira resident and finance expert David Holwadel makes strong argument against shifting cost of weekly trash collection onto backs of Madeira residents. Click white button at right.


February 9, 2019


 According to Messenger Sources, it is very unlikely that Council Members will be successful in their current effort to saddle Madeira residents with the cost of weekly trash collection, but Council members are still exploring procedures that if adopted would allow for decisions to be made outside of the public domain and would allow for non elected persons to make decisions effecting the future of Madeira for decades to come.​ Read Definition aof "Community Development Corporation" (CDC) at right. >>>>>>

Madeira City Council has Forgotten that they are expected to meet in Council Chambers, using COVID 19 as excuse......

​August 14, 2020

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April 3, 2019, Budget & Finance Committee met today but will not make specific recommendations to City Council at the April 8, 2019 Council meeting. This does not mean that imposing a tax on trash collection is dead,  just delayed.         >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>                      Click on Blue Button

Madeira Budget & Finance Committee meeting, January 28, 2019, subject is transfer cost of trash collection to Madeira home owners. >>>>>

Notice the Colorado mountains behind Councilman Gehring, and his empty seat in Council chambers? Madeira City Manager Moeller, Mayor Spencer, Vice Mayor Hilberg and the other council members are lying, Mike Dewine is not requiring our council to meet on the internet. Not a good idea when politicians lie to their constituency!

First Madeira Financial Statement

2020, January No Complaints from

​City Council.


"City of Madeira & Ohio

Ethics Commission Derail

​"Swingline Grill"........

     January 11, 2017


​      ​"On behalf of the City of Madeira and the Planning Commission (collectively, the "city"), I am writing to notify you of the need for resubmission of your application for zoning approval at 7710 Railroad Avenue, which is located in the Main Street Core District ("Application ZA-2016-0028")".

​     "After reviewing your file, analyzing relevant provisions of the Ohio Revised Code, and consulting with the Ohio Ethics Commission ("the commission") in Columbus, I regret to inform you that there appears to be an issue with respect to the City's consideration of Application ZA-2016-0028 that could cloud the foundation of any approval eventually obtained from the City".

​     "Given that the Commission and I reached a similar conclusion regarding the issue, the most prudent course of action moving forward is to request you submit a new application for zoning approval. While I am sure this is unwelcome news, the Planning Commission will take necessary precautions to make certain you do not encounter the same problem".


    These comments are included in a mysterious letter sent from Madeira Law Director, Brian Fox, to Developer Thomas Powers, dated January 9, 2017. Read the content, on the red Button and blue button at top of this page before reading the letter sent to Developer Powers posted on Page 4.

Madeira Turns To​ Tax Increment Financing (TIF) ?     ​  

October 12, 2017


​Update, October 18, 2017  Today, a Madeira School District official confirmed that the District will consider each TIF opportunity on the merits of the individual opportunity, not preapproved in advance.


Source, www.ehlers-inc.com/blog/tag/hra/



​           Tax Increment Financing  is defined as the ability to capture and use most of the increased local property tax revenues from new development within a defined geographic area for a defined period of time without approval of the other taxing jurisdictions. It is a tool that cities, counties, economic development authorities (EDA's) , port authorities , and housing and redevelopment agencies (HRAs) can use to spur private development .


​There are four main reasons for using TIF:


​ *  Redevelopment of substandard or obsolete buildings, such as revitalizing  a downtown area or former industrial site.

​ *  Provide affordable housing, including rental or owner occupied housing for low to moderate income persons.

​ *  Create  jobs and new tax base, such as develop an industrial park or other manufacturing facilities.

​  *  Clean up environmental issues, such as remediating contamination in brownfield areas.


​          Hers an example, Assume a blighted piece of property is currently paying $5,000.00 in property taxes in 2016. Also assume a new business wants to relocate on that piece of property and  projects paying local property taxes of $50,000 after construction is complete. The community could reimburse the business the incremental taxes, or $45,000 per year, to help offset the cost of demolition and environmental remediation.

​          Our city is using TIF differently, the tax value of "Traditions of Madeira"  when completed  will substantially exceed  the tax value of  the former "Kutol" property. The new, higher value will be leveraged by our city to fund various Madeira projects, exceeding ten million dollars. Our city council members our also planning for future TIF opportunities, (circumstances, projects that the schools would find value in) expecting our district to agree in advance (pre-agreement / standing agreement) that the district will not be reimbursed for any tax revenue that would have been collected by the school district without a TIF in place. Madeira City manager and school superintendent have begun discussions on this matter, according to city manager Moeller. Madeira has no examples of this process in neighboring communities according to Madeira Assistant Manager.   Please Review the proposed projects posted on the red button above

Residents all over Madeira are being hit with orders from City of Madeira requiring sidewalk replacements costing residents hundreds of dollars, while Council members divert funds from plaza repairs, instead to $100,000.00  payment to "Envisions Group" All meant to convince voters that city is "Living Paycheck to Paycheck'

Madeira Planning Commission meeting, August 20, 2018​, Council member Adrien explains November 6, 2018 Earnings tax vote,   12:20

"timing isn't great, plans are incomplete, 19:00

no specifics, we haven't spent enough on road repairs" Envisions update, 21:06

Madeira 2018, Financials, 2019 Draft Budget & Resident Comments​, 2018 / 2019 / 2020 Budget & Finance Committee Meetings...

September 28, 2020, City Council Agenda and Documents To be Discussed Including Draft of RR Depot Lease, Six Months Free >>>>>

​September 26, 2020

​Where Next, Looking For "Vacant Land" In The Historic District & How Do You Measure A "Portion" Of  The "Vacant Land"  All About Money And Collusion..  ​November 2, 2017  Oppenheimer Hires New Attorney, Full Review of Appeals Court Case...

October 29, 2017   12 PM



​       ​ Hamilton County Elected Judiciary, has issued various rulings including the most recent "very bad Judgement Entry" issued on October 27, 2017, we think. (posted above on white button)  The three elected Judges, Mock, Myers, and Deters, sitting on the Hamilton County Court of Appeals have ruled that the city of Madeira can sell Land measured in "Portions"  and that the portions must be located on "Vacant Land" located in the "Madeira Historic District" which is Madeira Tax payer owned  property. Nearly 60 % of Madeira/Hamilton County Tax Payers voting in the November, 2014  election were in favor of creating protection for the three historic Miami Avenue addresses, including the three historic structures, one each located at each of the three addresses. The ruling  (posted below on the white button) leaves more questions than answers, and surely will require further visits to Hamilton County Court rooms. Every Madeira Resident is invited to carefully review the two photos just above and below this text, and try to explain how the three Hamilton County Appeals Court Judges were able to determine that there is "Vacant Land" in the Historic District, ​and how have the Judges defined "a Portion" of  "the Vacant Land"  You can post your opinion on Facebook, "Douglas Oppenheimer"  or your own FB page. We suggest taking a stroll through the Historic District first, looking for "Vacant Land" .

Madeira Council Spokesman & Mayor Theis Misleading Madeira Voters...

October 2, 2018


     Council member and spokesman for city council and our Madeira City administration, Brian Mueller, posted the above letter, in which Mueller states that the city has for some time been holding funding that was earmarked for repairs of the Madeira City Hall, Brick Plaza, pictured above. Our city council members have allowed the entrance to the plaza to be blocked with two red safety cones, making for good optics and substantiating that "Madeira is Living Paycheck to Paycheck", hoping that voters this November will pass the proposed earnings tax  increase. In less than one hour any Madeira service employee could repair the blocked off area of the brick plaza, and remove the safety cones.                                         continued next column …. 

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