Even though the city owns the property, there are "No Trespassing" signs posted and the public rarely gets to come on the site
RICHMOND HEIGHTS -- New Mayor Miesha Headen is calling it "a boondoggle" and says taxpayers are being ripped off.
She's vetoing an item in council's just-passed budget. The city has spent more than $1 million over seven years to buy and help fix properties on Greenwood Farm.
The site is 17 acres and includes two main buildings.
It is intended to become a property with historic educational and natural value.
But even though the city owns the property, there are "no trespassing" signs posted, and the public rarely gets to come on the site.
Headen is also vetoing $16,000 for the Greenwood Farm Association in the council budget. Council can override her veto.
Headen defeated longtime Mayor Daniel Ursu, and "old guard" council members and the new mayor are having issues.
Greenwood Farm is controlled by a nonprofit -- The Greenwood Farm Historical, Cultural & Arts Association. City Council President David Roche is also president of that nonprofit board.
Headen calls that a conflict of interest. A second council member also sits on the Greenwood board. There is no lease, and the mayor claims there's never been an accounting of how the association has spent the city's money.
Roche declined comment Tuesday and said he would talk "in due time."
Councilwoman Marcia Stanley Morgan, also on the board, says the mayor has a seat on the board but never attends meetings.
A state audit of Richmond Heights' financial management is expected soon.
Headen claims "this is just the tip of the iceberg" of irregularities she has discovered.