On May 5, 2015, a letter was sent to the Mayor and all members of the Common Council by Beth Hanigan, the President Elect of the Junior League. This letter concerned complaints about the improper management of a grant by Steve Noble, candidate for Mayor.
In reliance upon Steve Noble's assurances, the Junior League incurred substantial expenses as part of the effort to rejuvenate the playground at Forsyth Park. Unfortunately, as you will note when you read the attached documents, Steve Noble failed to follow proper regulations for this grant, failed to administer the grant, and frankly failed to do his job. (You may have to enlarge the pictures to read them properly)
The bills incurred by the Junior League are now in collections. Yet, Steve Noble is taking credit on social media for the grant. Fortunately, as is also noted in the attached documents, Mayor Gallo was able to speak with the vendors and get them to hold off any collection efforts. He has assured the Junior League that they will be reimbursed as promised by the city.
However, it remains to be seen if this can be done using the grants. Due to the failure of Steve Noble to properly administer the grants, it is possible that that city taxpayers have to pick up the tab.
This is not the only instance of dereliction of duty. The attached documents show yet more.
The city received correspondence from Maria Laza complaining that the Community Garden has been without water for 2 years. Apparently, Steve Noble was supposed to follow up with Judy Hansen of the Water Department, but failed to do so.
There is also a problem with the grant request to extend the Beach Pavilion. Also, due to a failure of Steve Noble to contact Mr. Schupp, the head of DPW, the project is unnecessarily delayed and the city may be on the hook financially once again.
Mayor Gallo, as noted on the final document, has suspended Steve Noble's administration of grants and ordered all documents turned over to Corporation Counsel, the City Purchasing Agent, and the City Comptroller. I hope the city is not on the hook for more money due to ineptness.
These documents show gross incompetence with city taxpayers likely being the victims. I write this article with a somewhat heavy heart, I have known Steve Noble's uncle and aunt for many years. They have been friends with my mother and late father for over 30 years. I consider both of them to be good, honest people. I take no pleasure in writing this article about their nephew knowing the effect it will have upon them.
However, when someone runs for Mayor, particularly as a current city official, their competence and work performance is an issue for public scrutiny, especially if said failure to do the job correctly is costing or could cost the taxpayers money, Thus, notwithstanding my respect for Steve's aunt and uncle, I must report this gross incompetence.
If I had won the election for Mayor and was currently sitting in the Mayor's chair, I would seriously consider whether or not to terminate Mr. Noble from his job. The documentary evidence suggests that he is spending his time running for Mayor instead of doing his job.