Wednesday, May 14, 2008

hotWatergate vote (hWg 18)

I didn't get home from the meeting last night until well after midnight, so I just went to bed without posting. But just a quick note... the hotWatergate vote was 5-3 (Ruocco, Sima & White opposed; Hall abstained).

Tim White
Town Council

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

TO ALL THAT SUPPORT TIM WHITE AND EVEN THOSE WHO DON'T. YOU JUST LOST AT LEAST $100,000.00 TONIGHT. IF YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT STAY HOME AND WATCH TV.

IF YOU ARE NOT, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU VOICE YOUR OPINION AT THE TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS. THE MEETINGS ARE HELD IN TOWN HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR.

THE MEETINGS ARE POSTED IN THE CHESHIRE HERALD ALSO, INCASE THERE'S A "SPECIAL" MEETING. EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH IS A "PUBLIC COUNCIL MEETING."

COME AND SEE WHO YOU ELECTED TO RUN OUR TOWN IN ACTION. EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO ASK A QUESTION, MAKE A POSITIVE STATEMENT OR VOICE A CONCERN YOU MAY HAVE. YOU ARE ENTITLED TO THREE MINUTES TO ADDRESS THE COUNCIL AND/OR THE PUBLIC. YOU CAN JUST SIT THERE AND STAY COOL IN THE SUMMER HEAT OR WARM IN THE WINTER COLD. IT'S FREE!!

DON'T SIT AT HOME AND KEEP QUIET WHILE THE TOWN IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL WITHOUT ANY LEADERSHIP! WATCH IT IN PERSON, BRING A FRIEND, BRING A CUP OF COFFEE AND A COOKIE AND WATCH SMALL TOWN POLITICS RFD.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY TO WATCH THESE MEETINGS IN PERSON AND YOU AND THE FAMILY CAN BRING SOME POPCORN AND CALL IT A FAMILY NIGHT OUT.

I'M TELLING YOU SERIOUSLY, YOU CAN'T PAY ENOUGH FOR THE COMEDY THAT GOES ON DURING THESE MEETINGS. LIKE TONIGHT WHERE THE TOWN BRASS WASTED $100K OF OUR TAX DOLLARS TO MAKE A DECISION ON WHO SHOULD INSTALL A BOILER AT NORTON SCHOOL.

THIS DECISION, BELIVE IT OR NOT TOOK DOZENS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE VOLUNTEERS MANY COUNTLESS HOURS TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION. YET IT TOOK THE INCOMPETENCE OF A FEW PAID EMPLOYEES OF THE TOWN NINE, YES (9) MONTHS TO COME TO TONIGHTS VOTE.

THIS DELAY AND MISTAKES THAT WERE MADE AND BY THE FEW WHO WILL GO ON LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK WITH OUR TAX MONEY COSTS US AT LEAST THE $100K.

NOW THE TOWN MAY BE SUED BY A LOYAL COMPANY OF THE TOWN BECAUSE OF THESE MISTAKES. BUT DON'T WORRY FOKES, WE HAVE PLENTY OF TAX DOLLARS IN SLUSH FUNDS FOR THESE REASONS.

PLEASE, PLEASE COME TO THE NEXT MEETING ON TUESDAY THE 10TH OF JUNE AT 7:30pm AND BE A PART OF THIS CIRCUS EVENT. I PROMISE, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED.

I'M STILL LAUGHING MY BACKSIDE OFF AT 2AM!

Mike Rocci

Anonymous said...

I am glad to see that Ecke reads the blog....so I will ask the question for the 4th time....Mr Ecke, are you a CPA like you claim you are?

Anonymous said...

What a surprise! I lost all faith in the local council. All BAD.

Anonymous said...

With all this hot air regarding "the boiler" we could heat the school for a year.

Anonymous said...

I suppose if you give 10,000 to do a fake turf study you'd expect something in return - like the Norton Boiler project.

I wonder with the extra 100,000 it's costing us for this mess with the bids, is Bowman's bid now considered the "lowest"? Seems to me we should have stuck with CT Combustion (their 2nd bid was the lowest even with the 16K increase. I guess the council just wants to spend more.
The council may have voted to accept Bowman's bid, but if you follow their rules, it's still not a done deal. I hope CT Combustion sues and wins.

Anonymous said...

The entire process stinks and leads to a conclusion it was rigged. How sad for the Town to stuff a long time contractor that actually provided service at a fair and reasonable price. For the PBC not to even consider an adjusted bid from CT Combustion, first price plus the adder of 16 is wrong. So now we have the local clown being paid more than the job is worth and in the end will not live up to expectations. To make matters worse the local stood up later on in the meeting promoting the West Main Street streetscape and how he and his group of clowns are working to get low interest loans for the business owners to beautify their buildings so the value goes up so they can pay higher taxes.

And what was Tom Slocum thinking when he voted?

Anonymous said...

I don't know what Tim Slocum was thinking either. Maybe he could explain here on the blog as I know he reads it too. I hope it didn't vote in favor just to move it along. It does reek of being rigged.

Anonymous said...

Tim can you just post a clip from the meeting where the council voted to accept CT Combustion's second bid and E. Esty said that she was comfortable with the bid and said, to I believe it was Michaelangelo, that if CT Combustion wanted the extra 16K that he could just bring it back to the council for another vote. It was even stated at that meeting that with the 16K it still was the lowest bid. And was that a unanimous vote of approval?

tim white said...

was already thinking about doing that.

Btw, did you catch the comment last night that equated this fiasco to watergate? Then concluded that watergate was a case of corruption?

That was an interesting analysis...

And while I'm not a history teacher, I always remembered learning that Watergate (Nixon's fall) was due to the coverup, not corruption.

You'll also notice that last night I mentioned my doubts about any corruption.

My real concern is about information that was withheld from me, but was gladly given to the Democrats.

Unfortunately for Cheshire, with the Rubber Stampers wielding the gavel... $153k for software, $100k for the boiler (incl atty fees, etc.), $430k/yr subsidy for the pool (incl wasted burning fossil fuels)... and no consequences (except increased taxes)... this situation will only get worse.

Anonymous said...

Add in the legal fees to that total because the advice they have given us is worthless. Get rid of them. They suck...

Anonymous said...

What did Mike Rocci's sign say? I heard Esty ask him to "put down your sign" and had hoped the camera would have turned to show us the sign.

Esty was really rude to you, Tim, telling you to finish up your comments because you already had 25 minutes. She's more worried about how she and the rest of the dems will look with this whole mess than allowing you to help inform the public of what really happened. Talk about a cover up. It's disgusting!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice at the meeting that none of the R's used the words "corruption" or "favoritism" but the dems did use these words trying to deny them.
I think they have guilty consciences - any they should.

Anonymous said...

RE: Did anyone notice at the meeting that none of the R's used the words "corruption" or "favoritism" but the dems did use these words trying to deny them.

Me thinks the Dems doeth protesteth too much.

Anonymous said...

I wish I could attend the rehearsal TC meeting that the Dems must hold. They do such a good job of acting and making sure that they say their lines just right at the real TC meeting. What fakes! Why don't they speak for themselves and all the people that they are elected to represent and not just the puppeteer? Break the strings and set yourself free. Do what is right and fair for the Cheshire citizens.

Anonymous said...

The Dem party has reached a level of arrogance to the extent they think nobody is watching or caring. The latest nonsense and blunders by them and wasteful spending of money will come back to haunt them and Tim Slocum too. The only question that will be asked in the next election is why those 5 decided to spend 75k more on the Norton boiler than required.

Anonymous said...

What blog are all the names of the PBC that Mr Ecke was referring to in his speech on the Norton boiler?