Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New City Council, New Agenda, Old Problems | WWNY TV 7

    Coverage of city government today was a reminder to elected officials not to get too giddy....The reference to old problems and a Times story about DPW refusing to pick up a couch dropped in front of the home of a Mill Street resident are reminders of the limitations of power when a large lumbering bureaucracy is beneath you.
    It's also a reminder of the gotcha incidents that crop up and bite you when you had no role in their genesis or resolution.
     A stated desire to reopen the Thompson Park pool and the rejection of a dog park in Thompson Park are little issues that will fester.
     On the pool, no one disputed the decision to close it or disputed the condition of it , so rebuilding it will be expensive.  Given the blowback over the Arena, it's hard to see another large dollar recreation project gaining traction.
       Council members are enthused about making Watertown a better place and after a legislatively lethargic 2015, that's a laudable goal.
        It's just that when SG gets the headline at the first meeting, you realize the agenda is not so easily controlled  and the narrative is sometimes written by others.
New City Council, New Agenda, Old Problems | WWNY TV 7 

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

The thing about the SG thing is just that its a SG thing. Not a city thing but what Scott wants. He went to the first meeting and for some reason he thought bringing up his dog MIA has anything to do with getting a dog park they just looked at him. He won't get it in his head its over. There is not going to be a vote on land anywhere there is more important things going on in the city of Watertown. So someone should just come out and tell him so the crap will stop no land and if he keeps it up tell him unless its about city stuff stop coming to the meetings and wasting the cities time.

Anonymous said...

You are almost there 11.42. The vote was taken on the land and Factory Street was it. All it was getting. It wasn't Thompson Park. So Scott made up every reason as why it couldn't happen. It wasn't what he planned for eight years in his meetings with all five of his friends. So it wasn't for him. He would have took people's dogs, if he thought it was needed, to shut the park down on factory Street. That's the shame in it all.

Anonymous said...

1:10 what are you talking about Scott has tried from the start to get Thompson park. This was for his ego right from the start lied about the money he didn't have used that for ever. He did not want any park he had to go for something he knew wasn't going to happen so he could ride it for a little while. radio tv , paper and his last thing a write in vote , That did nothing but look bad for Mr. Jennings so if you look back at it all it was never for the dogs it was for Scott plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

The New council Hopefully will be More focused and rein in out of control spending that only creates a additional burden to the already CHOKED TAX PAYER.

Anonymous said...

Dog park, schmog park! who needs one ? Get a life Gates!