Practice What You Preach

By Irwin M Fletcher.

hypocrite

noun
The definition of a hypocrite is a person who pretends to have certain beliefs, attitudes or feelings when they really do not.

An example of a hypocrite is a person who says they care about the environment, but are constantly littering.

Joe Nichols is a hypocrite. That’s right. The Mayor of Fraser is a hypocrite. “Why?”, you ask. Let me tell you why.

Unity. That was the main topic of the speeches I heard last Wednesday from the President and both Presidential candidates. As I listened, I was reminded of the speech Joe gave at the September council meeting.

Watch This Clip……Sept Meeting

Great speech huh? Almost brings a tear to your eye. Well, not really.

Let’s fast forward to the November council meeting. On the agenda was a request for council to purchase a replacement phone system for all City facilities at a cost of $46,139. That is a lot of money for the City to spend, especially after the Public Safety Millage was just voted down and cuts need to be made. Is it needed? Probably.

Before the November meeting, Joe requested and received a letter from Keith Spicer of MichTel. He services the current phone system of the City. Joe wondered the state of the current system and was a new system necessary. Did Joe share Keith’s response with all of council before the meeting? NO. Only a select few. Why not share with ALL of council? You would think that this information would be vital in helping other councilmembers make their decision. When Patrice asked why this letter was not shared with ALL, this was Joe’s response.

Watch This Clip……November Meeting

“I shouldn’t be expected to do your research for you.”

WHAT??? YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!! WHAT ARE WE IN 3RD GRADE?

What happened to September Joe? “Make the choices to pull together and respect each other through unity and teamwork.”

THIS GUY IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE CITY!!

How can the City move forward and tackle the tough times ahead when the so-called “leader” is the one holding it back?

I can’t wait to see what December Joe brings to the meeting?

OH….and at the 11th hour, an item was added to the agenda. It seems the City’s Finance Director received a job offer and requested a 23% pay raise or she was leaving. She got her raise. 4 on council voted yes to the raise. I’ll let you guess which 4.

At times like this I wonder what Joe’s good Buddy Matt thinks about all this.

Watch This Clip Of Matt Says…………..

Me too Matt, me too!!

Anger Management Fraser City Council Edition

By The Peoples Mayor

Now that the national election is over it is time to focus back on the home front.

City Council has been seated for one year on Nov-16-2016. We all have been dismayed at times with the behavior of the members. After one year though it seems that all some members of council want to do is to micromanage city hall employees whom work for the citizens each and every day.

So I feel it is time WE THE PEOPLE start asking questions of those elected officials who work for us.

Below is an email I sent to all of council this morning asking Matt Hemelberg about his rather rude response to Kathy Blankes question of why he was interested in a minor traffic accident involving Fraser Police. All emails are listed below and I will post any responses here.

Also their will be more emails like this going out so please check back here at Fraser Mayor often to find out the latest.

Time we held those that were elected accountable for their childish behavior

Good Morning Matt,

I wanted to thank you for including me in a email that you sent to my friend Kathy Blanke last week. Please feel free to forward ANY email to me at anytime. As you are well aware by now being you are going into your 4th year as a councilperson, you really have almost zero expectation of privacy in regards to goverment communications. This is truly what we call transparency and it is a great thing.

I was shocked by the email response you gave ( even for you) on a general question from Kathy. SO…. being that you and others seem to be preoccupied with micromanaging everything at city hall and gumming up the system , I thought maybe I could adopt the same attitude and find out what your and others intentions are. After all, you represent the people of this city and you answer to us.

First off your response to Kathy was incredibly unkind and unprofessional. Why would you treat a fellow colleague who is a long time resident and well respected one at that, in such a shabby way? What warranted such a crass response? Do you treat your family this way? Your customers? How about Joe? She was asking a question about a question you asked, which seems hardly a reason to pop off like that. What are you hiding?

What is your concern with the accident you were asking about or ANY accident involving FPS? Are you questioning their professionalism? If so, what specifically? I seem to recall you did the same thing back in Oct of 2015 involving a accident with the cities current tow truck company. You wanted to know if proper procedure was followed. How familiar are you with police procedure in routine accidents and what was your concern there? Are you always hyper concerned with procedure in fields you do not work in?

I’m sure with all the important issues that are facing the city right now you can appreciate the concern that I and others have that maybe your attention is not focused where it really ought to be. Also maybe your response to Kathy might not have been the kindest and possibly you could refrain from that in the future.

Also…..spell check is your friend. Get to know it.

Bonus………. This clip by you at a council meeting two months ago was voted best clip of 2016. Thank you. The peeps love it.

DROP OF THE YEAR

I look forward to the answers to the questions above. All of this also will be posted on social media so that all of the citizens in this city will have a chance to see what they think of this.

Regards,

Duke

Kathy’ email responding to Matt inquiry about a accident involving the police.

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Matt’s inappropriate response

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Phones Line Down And How To Contact City Council

By Mr And Mrs. Dogood.

communication-breakdown

Today as of 1pm EST the phones are down at Fraser City Hall.

Here is the link to the website making the announcement. Fraser Announcement.

Here are the emails of our elected officials that we encourage you to contact to find out why this happened and an explanation on the last city council meeting where replacing this system was delayed.

Mike Carnegie mikec@micityoffraser.com,
Kathy Blanke kathyb@micityoffraser.com
Joseph Nichols mayorjoe@micityoffraser.com
Yvette Foster yvettef@micityoffraser.com,
Patrice Schornak patrices@micityoffraser.com,
Mike Lesich mlesich@micityoffraser.com,
Matt Hemelberg matthcityoffraser@gmail.com

We will update this page as necessary.

****UPDATE FROM MIKE LESICH****

The city non-emergency phone system suffered a hardware failure and is currently down. This is the system for City Hall employees, water department, DPW, etc.
**** PUBLIC SAFETY ****
EMERGENCY/911 IS WORKING – call 911
NON-EMERGENCY (586) 293-1425
**** CITY HALL ****
City Hall Main number (586) 293-3100
Contingency plans are being implemented to provide a few phone lines so that people can contact City Hall.
Due to a limited number of lines, you may receive a busy signal.
Please be patient as city staff and our telephone service provider work through these issues.
If your matter requires immediate attention, I would suggest going to City Hall to address it in person.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Fraser City Council Rizzo Meetings

By The Peoples Mayor.

Good afternoon,

Two weeks ago Metro Detroit was rocked by the revelation of a F.B.I. investigation into bribes and corruption by local goverment officials. A Clinton Township elected official was charged with accepting bribes from a company that did business with that city. While the official indictment did NOT reveal the company, it has been revealed that Rizzo environmental is the company.

Latest FREE PRESS article here.

Rizzo currently contracts with Fraser for it’s recycling and trash removal.

Being we all talk about transparency and this is a topic that everyone should be concerned with, I sent a email to all seven of our city council people asking if at ANY time they have met with Rizzo officials.

Attached below is my original email.

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As of 1:40 pm EDT on 10-24-2016 Council person Mike Lesich, Yvette Foster and Matt Hemmelberg have responded and their responses are attached below. Every response I receive I will post here for you, the citizens of Fraser so you can be as informed as possible and draw your own conclusions.

If you have ANY questions on this I highly encourage every one of you to contact all of these people in the same manner. Respectfully asking questions is every persons duty and will help the city run better long term.

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Late Mon night Council members Kathy Blanke and Patrice Schornak responded. Below are the responses.

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Response from Mayor Nichols.

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Welcome to Fraser Mayor

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. D.

Welcome,

First off let me introduce my wife and I. For security purposes we will just go by the names Mr. and Mrs. Silence Dogood.

Around three or four months ago I happened to join a couple of the Fraser social media sites and was encouraged by the postings of fellow Fraserites that kept the community updated on any number of things. This was so encouraging to my wife and I.

On one of these afternoons I came across a podcast called “Bourbon On The Rocks” hosted by Mr.Thomas LaDuke of FTR Radio. Mr. LaDuke hold views that are somewhat opposite of mine politically overall, but I found his segment on Fraser quite engaging. My wife and I laughed out loud at some of his commentary.

Around this time Mr. LaDuke asked in a show that “People get engaged in your community” in some way, shape or form. He highlighted some of the concerns he had and as it turns out many of my neighbors have, as well along with my wife and I. Thus this idea of doing a website was born.

We reached out to Mr. LaDuke for any direction and he has been kind enough to assist us in this project. He will also be posting here as a contributor.

What we hope to provide here is an outlet that will just post factual material on all facets of anything to do with Fraser goverment. What we have found with the help of a variety of other citizens is that we have a problem in our goverment in any and all facets. We are not impressed with some of the very people we voted for and if my wife and I had known the quality and ability of these people we would have never put our trust in them.

In regards to my wife and I, we will just keep to to posting things without much commentary. We will leave the analysis to you and others like Mr. LaDuke.

Any and all members of city council or city goverment will be featured here in both positive and critical light if need be. No one holds a vice-grip on virtue or dishonor.

Our sincerest hope is that you will be educated and possibly inspired to get involved if you are not already, and more involved if you are.

As the original Silence Dogood said many years ago……..

Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.

On behalf of Mrs. Dogood and I, we hope you find this modern day experiment in expanding Freedom Of Speech useful.

Mystery Council Conversation

By The Peoples Mayor.

Welcome to my very first post here at Fraser Mayor and thank you to Mr & Mrs D for inviting me along here.

As heard on Extra Shot Of Bourbon why is it that any council person feels the need to inspect a tow yard at any time? Was this done when the Fosters had the contract? Also Matt has a specific cop he will always go along with? Also if you listen REAL close it sounds like Matt and Joe briefly discuss a lawsuit to the city.

Listen. Decide for yourself. Are you better off than you were one year ago Fraser?