Auditor of State Dave Yost says No Loan for East Cleveland



November 24, 2014 – East Cleveland Ohio —  Financial planning and supervision group met for the last time in 2014 and welcomed Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost for the very first visit this year.  Unfortunately the visit was to deliver in person a loan disapproval to Mayor Gary Norton.   (View Yost Letter Here – CLICK Here)

Meeting Agenda and Documents  Part ONE

Meeting Documents and City Balance – Part TWO


Mayor Gary Norton and Finance Director Jack Johnson boycotted this meeting after Auditor Yost sent them a letter of disapproval for any loans.  DSC04880Also absent from this essential meeting were also City Councilmen Brandon King,  Thomas Wheeler, Mansell Baker and Nathaniel Martin.

With no chance for a loan it now becomes a puzzle how the last payrolls in 2014 will be handled and Dave Yost indicated that if the employees checks bounce that they may must not work.  In hopes of having enough money to pay employees Norton has turned on all of the previously blinking off traffic lights and traffic camera on.

DSC04875EC City Council President Barbara Thomas indicated that there is a planned Town Hall Meeting for December 1, 2014.  To date there have been no Robot Calls or flyers printed to let the city residents to know about this meeting.

The next meeting for this group will be in January 2014 however it appears that with no funds to manage and a mayor who does not show up for critical meetings.  The only reason a meeting with the citizens should be held at this point is to discuss filing bankruptcy or merging with The City of Cleveland Ohio.

Click Here to see the Yost Letter to City of East Cleveland






3 Comments to Auditor of State Dave Yost says No Loan for East Cleveland

  1. Proud East Clevelander says:

    44112News Wrote: “Mayor Gary Norton and Finance Director Jack Johnson boycotted this meeting after Auditor Yost sent them a letter of disapproval for any loans.”

    However, Norton indicated in the previous meeting in October, well before receiving Yost’s letter or before it was announced that Yost would be at the November meeting, that he could not attend the November 24 meeting. In addition, Jack Johnson attended a meeting at his other place of employment that day as he was obliged to do. Neither official boycotted the November 24 due to Yost’s letter. Why do you report that they did?

    • jerrydj says:

      There is nothing more important than saving your own job and city and this meeting was a must attend event. The only thing that would surpass attendance at this meeting would be appearing in court or being in the hospital. This would also include family health or court related events.

      This was a boycott that included everyone except the two city lawyers who may be worried about their legal license to practice. I cancelled my personal events just to cover the meeting and this fantasy town hall meeting on Monday, December 1, 2014, 5PM, East Cleveland Library.

      With no robot calls and flyers printed the only way people are finding out is via this news site. Please plan on being at the meeting with some ideas on how we can raise about two million quick dollars.

  2. It's me says:

    @Proud East Clevelander
    You are missing the point! Who cares who was where? East Cleveland is insolvent. Meaning bankrupt. Wake up! Unfortunately, this is why people laugh at the city, because people lack the comprehension of what is going on.

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