Saturday, October 24, 2009

Council meeting 10/27/09

Here's the agenda for Tuesday's Council meeting:

TOWN COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
7:30 P.M., TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, TOWN HALL, 84 SOUTH MAIN ST., CHESHIRE, CT

AGENDA:

1. Roll Call.

2. Pledge of Allegiance.

3. Presentation on performance-based contracting.

4. Adjournment.

Frankly, I'm thrilled that this is finally* on the agenda. I thank Councilman Altieri for his bipartisan support of my goal. Performance Contracting needs to be discussed as it may very well lead to some excellent public policy**. And it is good policy - not special interests - that leads to strong bipartisan support in every level of government.

Tim White

* You can see a brief history here.
** PC has several potential benefits, including improving the infrastructure of our aging schools and town buildings, as well as fast tracking energy-efficiency improvements that will help to reduce America's consumption of fossil fuels.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

What happened with the police union dispute? Shouldn't the council be meeting to try to resolve that issue?

I hope that Altieri at least gives you the credit for the performance contracting idea. He only latched onto it just before the election.

Anonymous said...

Altieri and the Dems can only hope to bury the police officers' complaints until after the election. And if they are reelected, they will continue to bury it.

Anonymous said...

Stop with the thank you. Why should it have taken so long? Not his idea.

Anonymous said...

The Cheshire Democrats treat issues like Nixon treated Vietnam. Remember he had a "secret plan" to end the war. It was so secret, even he didn't know what it was.

Mr. Altieri: Four years dithering over the pool. All we have to show for it is more mold and more red ink. A fine resume for re-election.

W. Cheshire Independent said...

It is ironic that the Cheshire Dems have many vices usually associated with the national Republicans (special favors for big business, secretive dealings, poor management), and that the Cheshire Republicans have many of the virtues traditionally associated with the Dems (open & good government, sympathetic to labor, pro-environment).

I am probably one of the few non-partisan readers of this blog, and I've concluded that it's time for a change. My votes this year go to Giddings, Slocum, and Sima at-large, and Falvey in the 3rd.

Anonymous said...

October 25, 2009 11:25 AM

You are so right. On the local and state level, the Republicans are in touch with the people and understand fiscal responsibilty, while the Democrats serve the special interests and don't care how high our taxes will go to support spending for their friends.

You can tell by the candidates that they have, people with proven records of voting in favor of developer interes at the expense of the taxpayers. They believe in welfare for the rich. Can you understand why they would nominate Bowman, Adinolfi and Dill, all of whom have huge conflicts of interest.

Anonymous said...

In touch with the people really in touch with the people? I have never seen a group with less people skills than these republicans. Not one will look you in the eye.

Anonymous said...

What a crock! All the Republican candidates are down to earth long time Cheshire residents. Many are or have been small business owners, in Cheshire, requiring tremendous people skills . They know the issues concerning most Cheshire residents. They've looked me in the eye and will be getting my vote.

Anonymous said...

They are the kind of people that won't look you in the eye and tell you the truth, too bad. Maybe if they loose this year we can get new rep. they will be better with people.

Girl Watcher said...

well that is one vote the republicans will be getting how many people in this stupid town do you think are really interested in this dumb ass election like 20?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how much the budget has increased since the Dem have been in power?

They claim fiscal responsiblity, but without the Republican's opposition to their uncontrolled spending, our taxes would be a hell of a lot higher.

They claim that because the Reps followed good judgement and wanted the trash and busing contracts to go to bid, it cost the town more. Of course they were hopinng it would cost more and probably encourage the companies to raise their bid. The Dems don't want to talk about the how they gave the teachers a ridiculously high 3 year contract at 4.4% for three years without any attempt to reduce it. I'm sure they were only looking ahead to the elections so that they could get the education vote, said screw the taxpayers. Remember there are ove 100 teachers making over $90,000 a year for a part-time job. Oh, the poor teachers.

Alejandro said...

This PC stuff sounds MUCH too good to be true. Don't let the town fall sucker to yet another sink hole money pit to go along with the pool and turf!

Anonymous said...

Back on topic. Performance contracting is only as good as the leaders that are managing it. In this case, who (actual name/title) is going to oversee the PC program if it's adopted?

Who is giving the presentation this evening? How was this person selected, picked, to adddress the Town Council on the matter?

Anonymous said...

Just watched the council meeting - Performance contracting definitely is an idea worth pursuing further.

Two things were a bit disappointing though -
1. Altieri didn't have the decency to give Tim any credit for the idea.
2. Eight of the nine councilors had questions - the only one not asking ANY questions was, no surprise, Ecke. You'd think being the chair of the budget committee he'd show some interest in savings.

Anonymous said...

Tim,
You want us to consider your "personally" stand on the Norton School fiasco as attributable to the "Town's failed management". If you know something to base your personal opinion on, as far as poor management goes, why not share it with us. We sure would like to know what town officials or employees you mean when you say "management". Tuesday is coming up quickly!

Anonymous said...

Tim,
You want us to consider your "personally" stand on the Norton School fiasco as attributable to the "Town's failed management". If you know something to base your personal opinion on, as far as poor management goes, why not share it with us. We sure would like to know what town officials or employees you mean when you say "management". Tuesday is coming up quickly!