BERNIE FIEDELDEY: Critics earlier this year alleged Fiedeldey, a Colerain Township trustee, violated state ethics laws by hiring his grandchildren as township park employees for the last few years. Also, Fiedeldey awarded a township construction contract to a firm his own private company does business with.
The slippery trustee said the actions were accidental and the result of faulty legal advice. He then tried to deflect blame by saying he wouldn’t seek a third term as a trustee. Now, however, Bernie is telling supporters he might run again after all. Say it ain’t so.
ODOT: It’s been more than five years since the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced a $600,000 project to install traffic signals on entrance ramps to Interstate 74 on Cincinnati’s West Side. We’ve always questioned the need for the signals, which officials say are needed to help with traffic flow and reduce accidents and were supposed to be active in 2007.
Regardless, the signals have been up for months but remain inoperative. ODOT gives conflicting reasons as to why, but we say let there be light or yank the suckers down.
ARNOLD BARNETT: Barnett, chairman of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, is definitely outspoken, but he says The Enquirer recently put words in his mouth. After attorney Robert Newman filed a lawsuit against the agency alleging its policies were racist, the newspaper quoted Barnett as instructing staffers to buy property in Hyde Park for subsidized public housing because that’s where Newman lives. “I told our director to go see if we can buy any property in his neighborhood. If he likes it so much, let’s give him a few,” Barnett said, according to The Enquirer.
Barnett said he never uttered the final sentence, alleging The Enquirer misquoted him.
STERLING RESEARCH: A few weeks ago, workers for Sterling Research were spotted in Lower Price Hill soliciting parents to enroll their children in a medical study for a potential vaccine for the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu. One such occurrence happened at the bus stop at Eighth and State streets, where onlookers heard Sterling lackeys promise parents $300 per child.
We think this amounts to a disgusting exploitation of a poor neighborhood. At the very least, let’s see Sterling executives try the vaccine on their own kids, too.