Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Because It's News Doesn't Mean It's New

    The demotion of eight fire captains reduces department expenditures by less than one percent, and from press accounts left the departments brass talking to the press with bewilderment about how to make it work, the union announcing talks are done and arbitration is next, the CM's proposal gutted, and Council accused of not knowing anything about public safety.
     For those who want what they see as a blubbery department trimmed, it didn't happen and while the rank structure may have been an issue worth addressing, the core goal of stripping the minimum manning language from the CBA remains a bridge too far.
      Council is still raising taxes, exceeding the tax cap by four fold, but Council Members will tell you they are hearing from the public that the FD must be brought under control.
      Meanwhile for the rest of us, summer is here, trees are in bloom, a holiday weekend awaits and the intrigue at City Hall is a familiar tale. I was talking to a former news person last night who raised to me his amazement at how little in life changes and how the issues he covered decades ago are the same, citing feuds with the FD several mayors ago.
      http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/eight-city-fire-department-captains-to-be-demoted-as-part-of-restructuring-20160524

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

" The Gang's all here " City Council started to do their job but got choked up and kept them all.

OH my !!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Its a big first step in getting the fire department right sized.
Congratulations to the council for waiting this long to blink.
You has proven the city can't afford the bloated department by raising taxes far beyond the limit. And you have been responsible arborists, in not pruning too much at one trimming and concentrating on the dead wood to begin with. In the next dormancy you can start cutting back the vines and other overgrowth.

Anonymous said...

See, the thing is you really don't need fire captains, or even a fire department...until you do.

Anonymous said...

Such BS, 9:02. Sounds like another simplistic puke by the faux American golfer.

Anonymous said...


902 is right. For all of us, it is not a matter of if but when. When it is you or your family that needs the police, an ambulance of the fire department remember how we got here. You will have none to blame but yourself.

Anonymous said...

I have to commend mayor Butler for bringing the FD under control,something you mayor graham should have done years ago.