Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WDT: What Hath We Wrought ?

    It's in the form of an op/ed from Perry and not an editorial, but the Times has concluded the new Council is like the old Council.   A dithering, rudderless, mass of leaderless protoplasm that they worked so hard to create but has disappointed Perry and company with it's handling of the Arena snack bar. (The City is currently on track to operate the concession, which it should have done in the first place.)
     Yesterday Team Times praised the Arena, which arguably is the result of leadership and vision they had supported.  Scorn is reserved for Council and the City Manager. Against what turned out to be good advice, the Council (3-2 vote) and the Manager, pursued a policy of abdication of duty on running part of an operation they are responsible for.     
      Now Mayor Joe Butler gets a razzing mostly because he is not the person so longingly desired for the job. That would be Councilman Stephen Jennings, who has been relegated to solving the media created scourge of bed bugs.
       As the Arena ribbon nears cutting, Council is being villified by the nattering nabobs who specialize in evisceration of local elected officials. 
        The more things change, the more they stay the same.     




http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/blogs10/no-plan-b---or-a-c-or-d-20160325

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

How many times are you going to repeat yourself with your wrong opinion that the city should be in the concession business?

It is plainly obvious that the perks, benefits and overheard of city employees, is many times that of the private sector. ON top of that, there is the fact that the city has no expertise or acumen for such endeavors. It is plainly obvious that a successful business should have been selected and contracted with to run the snack bar.

Anonymous said...

644 If you were contracting with a concession firm and not an ill conceived bid process, perhaps so. But that's not what was done.

Anonymous said...

Perry makes some valid criticisms but his criticism of the city manager is ridiculous. This was a settled topic for years. It was going to be contracted out. The council and their high paid legal adviser were going to contract it out. Suddenly the council had a change of heart because they thought Maggie's might make five or ten grand due to cheap rent on a high risk venture. And he blames the city manager? I think it is clear that the city manager wanted the council to stick with their plan and contract it out. I think it was clear she did not care if the high bidder stood to actually make a profit.

Anonymous said...

I happen to work at the Irish Festival for the last thirty years cooking food and giving out change. I have no background in the food industry.We are very successful each year. You are telling me the P&R cannot do what we have done. This is a sorry ass excuse for being lazy. WE PAY YOUR SALARY! Do what you are told!

Anonymous said...

644.. You really have no clue do yu... How many business people applied... Two.. WoW. Its the same in Ogdensburg there really is no interest except where those bidding bid a absurb low bid for rent, and the other dont even complete the questions asked..
Our city manager was hired to operate the city and the council was elected to give him/her direction.
This process was done by an election of the majority of the people not the will of the newspaper... Obviously Mr Jennings was given the title of the bed;bug czar for good reason.

Anonymous said...

7:33 you pay no state license fee or wages to the workers.

Anonymous said...

Many of us have worked the kid's baseball games dog house. It is a no brainer. Sorry anyone can work that stand at the Arena. Anyone but a part time waffle house worker. That might not work.

Anonymous said...

I heard Horbacz say we should run the snack bar. I was at the meeting when he said it two months ago. He was ignored. It went out to bid. Here we are, the city is running it.

Anonymous said...

9:36 We do not get paid, not sure what your point is? Workers get paid at P&R and past precedent shows that they have done this before.

Anonymous said...

Not sure how the mayor gets so many idiots to post here?

Obviously, the city's lack of expertise is not in regards to taking money in exchange for handing out food. Its about the higher level of the operations. Buying, setting prices, designing the offering, putting controls in place, minimizing spoilage, theft and other losses, meeting legal obligations, food safety and controls for food safty etc. I have never met an Irishman dumb enough to make the comments that 7:33 did. Are you drunk 7:33?

The easy part...the part that McDonald's pays kids to do for min wage, is not the issue. Although, hiring, supervising, scheduling, covering for them when they don't show up, staying compliant with employment law requirements is complicated.

None of the above can be done at industry standard prices, using government employees. That is just common sense knowledge that anyone who has ever had anything to do with business knows. Retired government workers and current government workers would not know this, but everyone else does. Bernie Sanders voters would not know this and would be incapable of understanding it even if you drew it out for them using pictures and puppets.

Anonymous said...

The ole snack bar continues to make headlines. Between this and the roommate law, which one is more embarrassing to Watertown? This would be a good poll!! Have at it posters.

Anonymous said...

6:40 sounds like a union worker @ P&R

Anonymous said...

12:19 He sounds like a business owner, only a business owner understands the difference between public vs private operations and those employees one has to maintain.