Saturday September 15, 2007
Purchase Agreement EXTENDED
Mille Lacs News Staff Writer
City Hall was
running on empty at last Wednesday's City Council meeting with only Bill
Hill, Mark Loch, and Jerome Kryzer showing up. The three councilmen voted to
authorize Larry to sign the purchase agreement extension "when he gets
back". Missing were: Mayor Larry E. Milton, Councilman Robert (Bob) Mickus,
Zoning Administrator Mickey Carter, and Fire Chief Don Nicholas. City Clerk
Kathleen McCullum was present.
"Never mind," says Lady Liberty
Steve Bye and his
cohabitant Loretta Mason signed the purchase agreement extension on August
20, 2007, although they were under no obligation whatsoever, to do so. Steve
had repeatedly told angry neighbors that if he had known how much the Nexus
deal would hurt them, he'd "have never signed" in the first place. Steve had
also made the excuse that if he tried to cancel the first agreement,
according to his lawyer, three parties would sue him (presumably
Nexus, the CDC, and the City). It should be of no surprise that this too
turned out to be untrue.
The Root of All Evil
denied to us that money was his motivation. But his own sister said that she
and her husband refer to Steve and Loretta as "S&L: Savings and Loan". Avis
and Marvin D. Grosslein (of fish fame) bought interest on the 38 acres and
for several years have illegally claimed it, as well as their house in
Massachusetts as homestead," said one neighbor. "Everyone seems to think
that Steve and Loretta are some nice old religious couple. I hope now
everyone see them for what they really are."
signed the purchase agreement extension on August 24th. No mention of the
Bye/Grosslein tax fraud issue has been made publicly by either the City or
Nexus. Citizens said that they have reported the tax fraud to the Bradbury
Township Board, however. They plan to alert the County Assessor, they said.
"Its really sad
what greed can do to a guy. Me and Steve go way back," said one former
Whereas our predictions that property taxes in Mille lacs
County would soar, property values would plunge, and our properties would
become impossible to sell all indeed came true, it was recently noticed on
the Mille Lacs County website that Steve Bye's taxes have been reduced on
his house to $4 per year. Since that seems like a typo, yes - Steve Bye's
property taxes are listed at FOUR DOLLARS PER YEAR. I guess Steve qualified
for tax abatement...