|The Mowery property at 1327 Kinney's Lane|
A more recent, smaller scale example of the First Commandment apparently at work is the house at 1327 Kinney's Lane (shown above) owned by Judge Steven Mowery and his wife Leasa. In a public notice in the classified section of the Portsmouth Daily Times (PDT), it was announced as required by law that Scioto County Counseling Center/Compass Point Housing intended to purchase 1327 Kinney's Lane and another house at 644 4th Street and convert them into "dormitories" for "residents." In the lexicon of the burgeoning drug addiction treatment industry, addicts with some kind of coverage are "clients" and halfway houses for them are "dormitories," and drug clinics to dispense drugs to them are "counseling centers."
The misleading classified ad that was buried in
the classifieds of the Portsmouth Daily Times.
Before 1327 Kinney's Lane and 644 4th Street in Boneyfiddle could be sold to SCCC/Compass Point, 4th Street residents learned about the notice buried in the classified section of the PDT and became politically galvanized, appearing at the 16/9/2014 meeting of the City Planning Commission at the Municipal Building to make clear they didn't want the Counseling Center owning and operating any more property in their neighborhood, which was already saturated with tax-free, socially toxic Counseling Center properties. By protesting, Boneyfiddle residents had made the Mowery house on Kinney's Lane and the 4th Street house political hot potatoes. In my interpretation of what happened, in an attempt to squelch the controversy, SCCC/Compass Point tried to drop the political hot potatoes as quickly as possible. Toward that end, Craig Gullion, the Executive Director of Compass Point Housing, appeared at the hearing in the Municipal Building to announce his organization was no longer interested in acquiring 1327 Kinney’s Lane because it was too small for the number of "residents" that Compass Point had wanted to house there. Gullion's explanation was fishy. Hadn't he, as the Executive Director of Compass Point Housing, or hadn't someone else in his organization, ever been inside 1327 Kinney's Lane before deciding to buy it? Isn’t the size of a house one of the first things a prospective buyer, especially the Executive Director of a housing company, would notice? Even if his sense of size was faulty, wouldn’t the County Auditor’s website have provided the exact square footage for him to determine whether 1327 Kinney’s Lane was big enough to suit Compass Point's purposes?
In addition to a couple of the usual suspects, such as Julia Wisniewski, what follows are the names of the fifteen members of the Board of Trustees of SCCC:
Board of Trustees of SCCC 2012-2013
Leasa Mowery, Pres.
Brady Womack, VP
Barbara Burke, Secty-Treas.
Dr. Robert Nelson
Rev. Sallie Schisler
Dr. Ronald Turner