Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Still stunned from last night, now this...

From the MRJs Jesse Buchanan:

Cheshire waste contract bid waiver fails

Arthur Wallinger, owner of the town's trash hauler AJ Waste Systems, was found guilty of racketeering in 2007 by the Department of Justice along with other trash hauling companies in the state...

Ecke added there was no indication that the Cheshire waste contract had been tainted by racketeering.

That's kinda like saying A-Rod juiced yesterday and hit his home run today... so "there was no indication that the home run had been tainted by steroids."

And to top it off, as I'm playing with the video tonight I heard another comment from someone behind the desk describe the 2004 bid as legitimate because it was "a level playing field." Wow.

Simply unbelievable. I couldn't make this stuff up.

Tim White


Anonymous said...

Ecke should resign for making idiotic statement like that.

Maybe he should be checked for steroids, I hear it does affect thee brain cells.

I would be amazed if Ecke, Hall, and Altieri decide to run again. If so, I sure hope the Republicans will use all these idiotic votes and statements they are making.

Anonymous said...

When Ecke says he feels AJ "offered a fair price", what was that based on? How does he know it is fair if he has not done the due dilligence and shopped around?
Is it fair based on the price fixed contract from several years ago?
What a joke he is.
I find it hard to believe he is a CPA. I wouldn't trust him doing my kids finances.

cedar lane said...

Ecke also says in the same article that “waiving the bid and contracting with AJ Waste for another year would give the town time to investigate other trash-hauling options, such as automated pick-up.”

They had a year or two to investigate other trash-hauling options and they did NOTHING. Now we, the town, will be forced to pay a rigged, inflated price for another year.

It was Altieri’s job, as chair of the solid waste committee, to ensure that these needs were planned in a timely fashion, and he failed miserably. Ecke just doesn’t know what he is talking about.

Anonymous said...

It's just like the comedy club here in Cheshire, where the residents have more money than they know what to spend it on and where so many things go wrong.

Our latest laugh is trash collection. For some reason their are a number of movers and shakers who just want to let the trash contract continue without shopping around. The town manager and 4 Dems say there is not enough time to get bids. Isn't it the job of the Town Manager to be on top of these contracts and start the process of putting contracts out to bid so that there is enough time. And Altieri sit atop the solid waste committee couldn't be bother as his main function is to install artificial turf.

Then you have the Cheshire Herald attacking the Republicans for trying to protect the taxpayers by voting to put it out to bid. And,
the Cheshire Herald editor can't sleep because they have nightmares of nall the things that could go wrong if AJ doesn't have the trash contract.

Before Seldon Dill this would have simply been resolved with the consistent 5 Dems for and the 4 Reps against simple extending the contrac. So, we are seeing Dill recusing himself because of his job with the Chamber. Now didn't we all hear there would be no conflict of interest with Dill taking Esty's rubber stamping job? Well, the Dems were 1 rubber stamp short.

Well, maybe the TM, Dems and Cheshire Herald are right and AJ should have been extended the contract. He's done a pretty good job and he does have plenty of time to focus on this company, but on the other han erring on good public policy has lkits rewards also.

Anonymous said...

"Send in the Clowns"

Don't you love farce?
My fault, I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want -
Sorry, my dear.
But where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns.
Quick, send in the clowns.

Isn't it rich?
Isn't it queer?
Losing my timing this late
In my career?
And where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don't bother - they're here.

Breachway said...

"I think they've offered us a fair price," Ecke said.
- what a dope. The whole TC thought that they were fair until the FBI told us otherwise. Does he not realize that the other quotes he is comparing AJ to were all rigged? How dcan they feel rushed for time? Was I the only one in town who knew the contract was coming up for bid....Milone would be laughed out of his job if this was a private company. I really don't get it. The town wants to spend money and have seminars on teen drinking/drug usage about a seminar on doing the right thing for the town's adults.

tim white said...

Breach... this is just another example of the Democratic Rubber Stamp Council.

See, now they (A, D, E & H) feel as though they've got their backs against a wall.

Any responsible adult would be asking their staff "why the delay?" and holding people accountable. But not The Rubber Stampers!


Instead, we hear comments about how we may need to return to private collection.

Those comments couldn't possibly be intended to scare people, right?

Remember... "we take direction from the TM."

This is just another glaring example of where The Rubber Stampers refuse to act in the best interests of the voters. Instead, they cover up staff screwups.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't the Cheshire Herald questioning why we didn't look into his sooner?
Why aren't they asking what Altieri was up to that he couldn't get his act together??

tim white said...

The TPM from Town Hall didn't allow for such questions.

Anonymous said...

We need an immediate study! Since we don't have any time, call Milone and MacBroom right away. I'm sure they already have the answer, and if they don't, all they have to do is call the TM, Ecke or Altieri.