Written by Brian Massie
[LFC Comments: While trying to attend a JEDD meeting, I saw the Lake County Auditor, Mr. Chris Galloway, at the meeting, and later learned that he is the Chairman of the JEDD board. This required me to do some research to determine if holding both positions is appropriate. We sent an email to Ms. Rita McMahon, Administrator for the JEDD. Her responses to our questions are in red.]
Hello, Ms. McMahon:
1. Are any of the JEDD Board members, administrators, or staff members receiving any compensation, of any kind, for being on the board? If they are, how much has been received by each board member, administrator or staff member for 2019 and 2020?
Ms. McMahon’s Answer: The Board members do not receive any compensation. As the Administrator I receive a $1000 per month retainer for my services. I received $12,000 in 2019 and have received $7,000 so far this year. There are no other staff to the JEDD Board.
2. Is the Town Center concept that was voted down by the taxpayers still being considered as part of the JEDD?
Ms. McMahon’s Answer: No Town Center concept was voted down by the taxpayers.
3. Did the board even consider hiring any Lake County or Ohio firms before they hired the Alabama firm called NextSite?
4. We are very concerned that the Lake County Auditor is also the Chairman of the JEDD Board. We believe that Mr. Galloway is violating a 1979 Ohio Attorney General Opinion No. 79-111 since it is physically impossible for one person to discharge the duties of both positions. Is it the Board’s opinion that Mr. Galloway is not in violation of 79-111?
[LFC Comment: Here is the link to the memorandum created by Mr. Michael Lucas, Legal Counsel for the JEDD Board, Concord Township and a couple of other Lake County municipalities]
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Here is the 121 page State document dealing with compatibility issues.
[LFC Comments: Let’s look into our crystal ball to see the future, shall we? What do we see???
The image is becoming clearer now…..Yes, we can see that it is Mr. Coulson reading our letter… He has an anguished look distorting his face….oh no, he is grabbing his heart.
He utters: “How dare LFC question an elected official, a fellow Republican to boot…my buddy Chris, and fellow club member Mike Lucas. After hyperventilating for a few minutes Coulson breaks into an uncontrollable laughter….He is yelling for his assistant, Mikey. You have got to read this Mikey…LFC is at it again…stirring the pot…they are too much.
Regretfully, the image is starting to fade, but we hear low murmurs…mere whispers….something about a fox and a hen house, and let’s punt it to the State so they have to take it to court and spend their money…you know the drill….]