Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Butler Takes Charge on Streetlight Issue....And He Should

    It's the type of issue you hate to go to the mat over as it costs money to fix and won't get you votes, but Mayor Joe Butler is 100% correct to take charge on those Clinton Street streetlights that were installed improperly as part of an expansive remake of the street.
     As usual, staff makes excuses, but streetlight poles in the middle of the sidewalk with overhead wiring resembling extension cords is a shortchanging of taxpayers.
      I couldn't find the link, but the WDT reports today the Mayor declaring it "an unfinished job" and instructing staff to move on......In doing so he jumped over the city manager form of government which only slows response to pressing public problems.
      Government is responsive when the people who answer to voters make decisions.
       Fix it Mayor, and you'll get no complaints here.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's not jumping over the city manager form of government. The council is boss over the the city manager and on occasion they step in and micromanage as they should. If the city manager wants to buck that she can, but her underlings screwed this up and she shouldn't resist making them fix it.

The bad part is that National Grid should be paying for this. The city should contact the public service commission and have them prompt NG to write a check for the repair. It is not acceptable to let them get away with being so slow and unresponsive. Of course the utility companies did (and are doing) the same thing on the Mill Street bridge, to the point that it is shut down. But that's the north side so who cares.

Anonymous said...

The city should never have gotten rid of Donovan Construction which maintained all city traffic and streetlights. The ornamentals would never have turned into the horrid mess that they are now. National Grid is just a corporation that only cares about making a profit by spending the least possible amount to maintain equipment, and infrastructure.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

Finally, you state what I said a few days ago (as many times before) re: about who is responsible to the people and were they should live, etc. Hint: It's NOT the City Manager. That person, he or she, is responsible to City Council. City Council is responsible to the people. As I said: That is basic Civics

Now in that vein and in reference to the WFD Captain demotion fiasco, the Mayor and Council should jump over or across or bypass the City Manager that issue before it becomes a full blown major lawsuit and breaks the bank over not only a dumb move, but likely an illegal one, too.

In the meantime, what do we call the former Captains who were called “Unit Leader” for what, a day or two? What is their title now? How do we address them? And, in case of a fire, who handles the “former Captain’s” duties but gets paid less to head up the trucks reacting to an emergency call or responding to a fire or fires and possibly to save lives and property? My first guess would be “Don’t call City Manager Addison.”

Anonymous said...


Has the CM done anything right since she got here? Just asking.

Anonymous said...

Call them all Captain if you want Danny, call them Exalted Imperial Overlord for all I care.
They all have been trained and each and every one of them should very well know what their task is at any given time.
If you need a Captain for every 1.5 men you are either former military, union member or an idiot.
From hearing your daily diatribes, you hold a couple of those qualifications.

Anonymous said...

As usual the big money parts of town get the attention! What about the poor streets with bad sidewalks or no sidewalks??? But I guess if WDT or a Bank is on your street you have a voice.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, great job fountainless joe. not...

Anonymous said...

Your right Danny.., she will have "no comment, or cant be reached for comment". Where is she all the time when she cannot be reached for comment? Isnt this her job.???
As for the council doing what is right, i believe the mayor should just instruct CM to do her job and make the right department heads fix the problem what should have been done in the first place. Whey do they just escape out of the problem?
Here is another job she is NOT doing. Along with negotiating with the unions, it is costing us thousands of dollars near 200,000 just for the fire department which she should just follow the contract and negotiate.. just like all the others have done.. who is wrong.. her first time, and look what it is costing us.
As for Mr. Jennings letter today.. Since when does letters such as this when he is a committee person be allowed on city letter head. This is not a city issue. Its a negotiation issue which is going through court right now and these things should not be sided with or against in the public eye by a council person on department letter head. What are they thinking? This is really showing how professional this staff/council really is. I'm sure you will see the members of city workforce out there in the public doing good things, and helping good causes. Where is the council other than smiling in parades or going to free functions where they can eat or drink for free. When is enough, enough??? These so called professional elected leaders really need to stop playing games with our taxpayer dollars and negotiate and stop pointing fingers because as they are pointing to one group, they have three fingers pointing at the real problem.. Themselves.

Anonymous said...

I agree the street lights should be move but think NATIONAL GREED should be paying for it.Its not like they they are not getting rich on their over priced delivery fees that are more the the energy you use (Just look at your bill).

Anonymous said...

Everyone would have been better off if they could have learned that phrase..."no comment"

Anonymous said...

Not to make "light" of the situation, but it's only a sidewalk. How many people could possibly use it in a day? And there are plenty of sidewalks in the city that have trees encroaching on them or are barely 20 inches wide.
Although, if they weren't put in according to the specs, someone nimo should fix them...

Anonymous said...

See Jeff, that's why you never did get my vote. Your first thought was always what the impact would be on a vote for you, when it should have been whether it was a right decision to make.

Anonymous said...

The Butler did it..

Anonymous said...

Clueless Joe is focused on non-issues and ignores the real problems facing our city.

Anonymous said...

Maybe mayor butler could put some of that nice orange fencing around the light poles like at the water-fountain site. That would make them look a lot better....