Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Bernstein Success

"An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people"

by Sue Nielsen

These famous words are attributed to Thomas Jefferson. Let there be no mistake about the intent of this newsletter. Our goal is to inform the citizens of Belle Isle by providing accurate and timely information, in order to empower them to direct the course of their community and city. That said, if the facts anger or upset citizens, and consequently they exercise their choice to speak, we certainly do expect our local government to honestly and openly address the concerns so raised and expressed.

The regular meeting of the city council was held as scheduled on Tuesday, August 6, at 5:30 p.m. Issues of interest included the first reading and council approval of the "Bernstein Ordinance." After numerous changes to the wording over the past months, weeks, days, and hours, the final version was substantially the same as the original ordinance as proposed by Dr. Bernstein. Constant vigilance and citizen input were instrumental in achieving this result. We have Charlene Kennedy, Lydia Pisano, Harv Readey, the Sun editors and readers, and of course Dr. Stuart Bernstein to thank for this milestone achievement. 

In the future, assuming this ordinance is followed, citizens and voters of Belle Isle will in a timely manner be informed (for the first time in many years, I am told) of the correct qualifying dates for candidates who wish to run for public office in Belle Isle. Several months have elapsed since Dr. Bernstein proposed the ordinance; also, a second reading and final vote is yet to occur. Because of this, we will continue to attempt to inform citizens that the first opportunity to qualify to run for a commissioner's seat will be in early November 2013. We will be giving you more information about this in upcoming issues.

It has come to our attention that many of our citizens are not aware that commissioners are elected at large; according to the city Charter, all Belle Isle voters have the opportunity to vote for each commissioner. You do have to live in a district to run for commissioner of that district. There a few hoops to jump through to qualify, but the first step is making up your mind. Then we would like to talk with you. We want to do all we can to support actual elections with actual candidates and actual voters voting, before and after the new ordinance takes effect.    

Also noted at the meeting is that minutes are getting caught up; we hope to see them on the city website soon. And lastly, it was good to hear the commissioners actually discussing issues during a meeting; hopefully this will continue and become the norm.


  1. It would appear the citizens of Belle Isle have finally infiltrated the Brooks brigade.

    1. There is a lot more work to do...people really need to start digging for instance as mentioned below the PD.

  2. Thanks to all that has fought the Brooks Brigade.

  3. Thank you for the great reporting on the City and their actions. There is one other topic that I haven't seen one comment on. I would really like to see full disclosure of what the City has paid to have their own police department. It started off as a good idea, but from what I understand, the City has a "take home car program", a ratio of managers (or in police jargon "rank/command") to some degree at 1:1 or 1:1.5. For a City our size that if this is true, it's crazy to have more managers then front line staff for a small agency. We have multiple vehicles, a boat, motorcycle, and who know what else. Also did anyone find it coincidental that all the used fire apparatus that the City was going buy was all for sale buy the City of Longwood? The same place that the current BIPD Chief is retired from. That part may be a coincidence but it stinks to me. So Sue, the next place you need to start picking around is looking at the police department and the money that has been spent and how much is being spent. At the end of the day if the City keeps spending money like they are, it won’t be long before we are the next Detroit.

  4. Many thanks to both you, Sue, and Jeremy. You have brought light to the city of Belle Isle. We very much appreciate your hard work.

  5. Sue and Jeremy,

    Thanks for all your hard work and bring the issues with our corrupt city government to light. The Belle Isle Sun is the best thing to happen to this city since brooks became mayor. The more you keep digging the more "dirt" you will find.

    Everyone needs to make all their friend and neighbors aware of the "Belle Isle Sun"!


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