Fast and loose at city hall

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

Yee-hah and hallelujah. Taxpayers aren't going to get sacked with the $22,000 bill for the tainted and inaccurate Murman report and the tens of thousands being spent right now on the Nuessegate civil service hearings. City leaders are almost sure the city's liability insurer will pick up the tab.

"I'm pretty sure the insurance is covering everything," city manager Matt Kline said Thursday. But Kline, law director Don Icsman and finance director Ed Widman refused to release public documents that might back that up. Skirting the state public records law is no big deal down at city hall. The trick for any city officials is to point a finger at another city official and say, "It's not my job," when it comes to aligning with the rules.

But yee-hah and hallelujah. The insurance carrier gets stuck with what could be a multi-million dollar settlement. Probably, except for any punitive damage awards against any culpable witnesses. The witnesses will have to pay those. There's another snag, too: Who paid the $429,000 bill for the insurance earlier this year, and will the bill be bigger next year? You bet your assets it will.

That would be you, good old taxpayers, taking on the chin no matter what. Maybe the expenditures will all be worth it, however, because the Nuessegate hearings that begin Monday could turn into a trial of the GOB. These buds are going to have to testify under oath. Yee-hah and hallelujah. I'm betting some of these fine witnesses will be squirming in that seat after they raise their right hand.

Comments

Anonymous

Please please god, just left this be over!!! Anything to get the Register to move on to a new story.

Anonymous

You are a piece of work. The truth has never gotten in the way of your stories.

Anonymous

I'm betting that internal staff time spent on the Nuesse case is over $100,000. That number will never show up on a budget sheet. Look at the faces at city hall.

Anonymous

When will the commissioners figure out, Icsman just hands off problems and hides behind the curtains at 222 Meigs.

Anonymous

...if a Murray is involved, the insurance company is going to get stuck.

Anonymous

Those "GOB's" sure are smart or I am really dumb. The ones paying for this fiasco are the tax payers and I don't care what the GOB's say. Bring Kimmie back so that she can get rid of those do nothing GOB's. Keep up the great reporting Matt!!

Anonymous

Do you know who you remind me of? The kid on the playground that no one wants to play with, so he tries to get everyone else in trouble. Do you read what 90% of the people in this city read about you? No one likes you and no one respects what you write. You have taken this Nuesse story and made it your entire career. So yet again, the same kid which no one wants to play with, is the same kid who tries to get the popular kid in trouble to impress the good looking popular girl in hopes that some day she will like her, only in this case the good looking girl will be played by Kim Nuesse. Youre pathetic Matt and judging from what I read on here most people agree with me. It seems like you dont think tax payers should be asked to pay for....well...anything. Is that what youre saying? You are such an idiot and I can not believe that there isnt a monkey out there somewhere in need of a job that would write a lot better than you, for much less money....

Anonymous

Great blog! I couldn't agree with you more. There is chat about this Matt guy quite often where I work, no one there would like to play with him either. Hopefully he will find a playmate soon so we can let THIS "!CRAP!" rest!

Anonymous

RE: Matt Matt Matt You just hit the nail squarely on the head. The drivel this guy writes is so elementary. Usually I don't even read his stuff but I was in the mood for something entertaining, but I couldn't find Larry the Cable Guy anywhere on tv

Taxpayer

I ADORE Matt Westerhold! He tells it EXACTLY like it is.

citizen

YOU GO, MATT! "You bet your assets it will" was tooooo funny.

Anonymous

How can anyone believe anything the register writes about this upcoming hearing? Westerhold has already shown that he sides with Nuesse. Anything written will be slanted in her favor. So when the evidence shows that Nuesse deserved to be fired, Westerhold will have to slant it and attack the GOB's to save face. He will never admit that he has been all wrong about this. With Westerhold's slanting everything, it shows you why most people don't turn in their bosses when the should. Thank God that the SPD command staff had the courage that Westerhold lacks!

Anonymous

"It's a matter of interpretation." Don C. Icsman, Sandusky law director

Anonymous

THERE IS ALWAYS A 'DEDUCTIBLE.'

COULD BE SEVERAL THOUSAND

Sam

Haven' t heard from Matt for awhile, thought he left town (wishful thinking).
Matt is like the kid had to tie a bone around his own neck, for his own dog to play with him. Matt go home and feed your 12 cats, they might still have a use for the Registerrag.

Anonymous

Keep going after those doughnut eaters on Meigs St.I am sick and tired of the half truths that the city keeps telling us.It's not what they say,It's what they don't say that disturbs me.

Anonymous

Kim Nuesse & Elsebeth aren't the ONLY victims of Baxter and his GOB Club-----LOTS of people have been and I'm certain there are a LOT more in the future....and I'm talking about honest, law-abiding citizens that lived, worked and paid taxes into this community and county all their lives as being SOME of their VICTIMS. These GOBS are EVIL---they have no respect for anybody least of all THE LAW.

Anonymous

Oh Yea! Isn't he just soooooo adorable and funny tooooooo. Ummm...not! Gag.

Anonymous

SPD command staff courage??? You have to be kidding me! They have courage for a small woman chief or on a boat but not on hancrack! They call for backup!

Anonymous

And you wouldn't????

Anonymous

Since you didn't post last Sunday's editorial for comment, I'll adress it now. The reason other governments, business people, and others don't trust city leaders is because Matt Westerhold and the SR Rag take their shot every time they can to talk badly about the city. Your joke of a paper is the reason this city sits in turmoil and doesn't move forward. The downtown is dead because the SR Rag is there and no one wants to be close to the crap on the corner of Jackson and Market St. Former employees tell of Westerhold's habitual use of changing their stories because Westerhold wants to put his slant on every story. There are other opinions in this community and it is the Rag is a crap paper. By the way, the queen of lying will be on the stand front and center...can't wait to hear her spin and lies. Oh yeah, it's coming and gonna be quite a circus.

Anonymous

You know how to tell when Matt is lying, his mouth is moving. He's had at least three favorite Chief of Police's or the "best Chief" awards in the last six months. Do you all recall when Tim McClung was the best chief in Matt's opinion..and then there was Gerald Lechner...oh yeah and his all-time favorite....Kim Nuesse? Can't seem to believe a word he says.

Anonymous

Elsebeth is a victim of just one person...Elsebeth. She created all her own problems and is exactly where she deserves to be. We had a party the day she was incarcerated. I'm betting her husband & kids did, too.

retired

What makes you think Matt, that these officials are going to tell the truth. They have lied for so long, they actually think they are telling the truth. To Joker; Your right this is going to be a circus and the clowns are the command staff at the SPD and the lying city manager and commissioners. I can't wait for this to start. Keep up the good work Matt, these anti Matt bloggers just have too much time on their hands and need to vent on someone. They have no clue. If the SR was so bad why do they read it or even read your comments. They have no life.

Anonymous

I think the anti Matt bloggers keep venting on Matt and the SR because they are connected to the GOBS and the GOBS are SCARED of them. (i.e. SCARED OF THE TRUTH) The legal Mafia can shut up a lot of people but they can't shut up the press. Keep up the good work, Matt.

Anonymous

Don't forget to vote YES YES YES YES YES to all the LEVIES people. We not only support the Erie County GOBS we have to support the retired Lorain County Judges and the Cuyahoga County attorneys ya know!

Anonymous

The city can come up with money when the want to and they are not as poor as they say, just want you to believe they are. We do not seem to have money for streets, and other services but seem to find money to hand out when it comes to the housing and Nuessee cases. The city has money when it comes to their own projects, but no money when it comes to servicing the taxpayer. The housing problem alone has cost the general fund a little under $700,000 and still counting with no reimbursements in sight.

Anonymous

What about the $500.000 of tax payers money that the idiot Stahl, DBA (SMOOCHY) gave to the YMCA towards the new facility, when in fact the old YMCA was already paid off. Yet the city has no money for their electric bill, or anything else for that matter.
Rember this at election time for the commissioners, especially Murray. He can't even make logical decisions for the city, yet alone State Representive's job!!

VOTE ENDERLE!!!

Anonymous

The people that vote for all these levies will only be the ones with the good government jobs that will get raises if they pass. This will cover THEIR INCREASE in taxes but what about us that are living on a FIXED INCOME?

Anonymous

Why do I have to live on a budget when the city officials can spend my tax dollars anyway they want? There should be a law against this! Who do I contact about this anyway?

Anonymous

Unfortunatly you gave them this almighty power when you elected them to office. There is nothing in the charter that prohibits them from spending all the money the city has, including the millions they have in bonds or seperate accounts.

Anonymous

If they have millions in bonds or seperate accounts why don't they give it to the Erie County Care Facility and the schools?

Anonymous

It is their rainy day fund for the MD project, but they do not want you to know this. They are pleading poor so they can push this project down the throats of the citizens on the claim it will pull us out of the financial problems we are in. See how devious and crooked these commissioners really are. This is like Bill Gates standing on the corner with a cup in his hand asking for donations.

tinayak

What the price-tag for today will be? Since the Taxpayers aren't paying for it we needn't be concerned, right? What would you expect from a city that won't even accept financial responsiblity, other than covering a priv. citizens $500 deduc., when a SPD Officer t-bones your car, doing $3 grande in damages? Good thing they passed that new law to cover their assets!

Anonymous

The taxpayers will be paying for it. That's was just a bunch of bull they came up with because of the election. Notice how they ignored the SR when they asked for proof. These guys are so obvious in their corruption their pathetic.