Miron Sinks Firetruck

05Dec09
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Farewell Gesture to Stratford

From an anonymous (mostly) source:

After the unanimous bi-partisan Town Council vote on November 9th to approve funding for appropriation of two new sorely needed Fire Engines for our residents, James R. Miron remains unavailable and unwilling to sign the emergency purchase order.

As seen in on the record testimony at the November 9th council meeting (see live link) http://www.townofstratford.com/content/1296/1376/3133/15757.aspx appropriation of these two demo Engines will save our taxpayers HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS! We trust and pray that members of the Town Council lead by Council Chairman Mike Hendrick will do the right thing and put this tyrant in his place once and for all.

This issue highlights the question on most readers minds: Just how much more damage will James R. Miron do before he leaves office???

Our guess: As much as possible!!!

Update:

Stratford firetruck breaks down on way to call
By Richard Weizel
STAFF WRITER
Updated: 12/04/2009 10:30:15 PM EST

STRATFORD — The town’s busiest firetruck, Engine 1, out of Fire Headquarters on Main Street, broke down — as it has on several recent occasions — on the way to a structure fire call Sunday morning, further fueling a raging debate between fire officials and council leaders with Mayor James R. Miron about whether there is an “emergency” need for new equipment.

Council members and fire officials have strongly asserted the need to obtain two new firetrucks for $805,000 — just more than the usual price of one — directly from national manufacturer Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. in Snyder, Neb.

Meanwhile, the outgoing mayor has steadfastly refused to sign an “emergency order” to bypass the competitive bidding process so the replacement trucks could be ready within 30 days.

Council leaders in both parties and fire officials say that could jeopardize the deal before Mayor-elect John Harkins takes office Dec. 14.

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156 Responses to “Miron Sinks Firetruck”

  1. 1 rex525

    I suggest all interested parties follow the link provided and see this for themselves live. I just did and it was eye opening. I couldn’t help notice that Tony Ross’ son Daniel outshined his new Miron appointed bosses. I also noticed that statements made by many vindicated chief Tom Murray. The two Miron chiefs are the best Stratford could do after a nationwide search? Good luck to our fireman, they will need it and thanks to chief Ross.

  2. 2 mikereynolds

    That worthless bastard. I watched the video. All that has to happen is the purchasing agent as to go to the mayor and get the mayor to deem it an emergency to waive the competitive bid process. That’s all he has to do. This will save us thousands of dollars, probably tens of thousands of dollars. What a disgrace.

  3. 3 1george1

    What is the name of a Fire Truck restoration and sales company
    owned wholley or in part by a former Town Council Chairman?

    What town is it located?

    Where were the 2 demo Fire Trucks moved to by the factory
    where they were viewed by Mr. Ross’s team?

    What have been the Town Council Budgeted O. T. and PENSIONS
    under the Republican dominated Town Council, including when
    the owner of a Fire Truck restoration and sales company was a
    chairman of the Town Council.

    > enlisting citizens to come to public forum to speak about a
    Public Safety issue where the fire trucks should have been
    bought years ago, but appear to be delay for Ethical / Legal
    statutory reasons is GHOULISH,

    > The 3rd rate performance by the 3 Fire Department reps, after
    worthy Police and Fire persons got deserved awards compounded
    the GHOULISH nature of the anti-Public Safety DELAYS.

    > Henrick kicking me off the Public Forum, where I complimented
    the deserved awards and endorsed the Public Safety petitioners
    for Public Forum redress of grievances, only enhanced the positions
    I took about:
    1 – the YEARS of DELAYS to BUY the FIRE TRUCKS
    and
    2 – how the PENSIONS impact the Public Safety, where $ 75,000 a year
    extra PENSION over 70 % of his Base Pay, would recoup $ 900,000 and
    pay for BOTH FIRE TRUCKS in 12 years
    (minimum time the Trucks should be in service)

    Miron refusing to sign Emergency Order, will delay the eventual
    purchase, as a nice Christmas present, for (wink-wink) who may
    need the extra month to comply with Ethics Code and Legal statutes
    from time on an elected position of Trust?

    Why does everything come to steering money?
    Even when it is a Public Safety issue and inexcusable.

    People died.
    In that situation, it appears it could not have been prevented.

    Are some people PATRIOTS or GHOULS?

    The limited circle of people who read this blog know the truth.

    No excuse for POLICE or FIRE or anyone to be exposed to death
    or harm due to faulty or old or missing equipment.

    No excuse for the PUBLIC to be exposed to death or harm due to
    faulty or old or missing equipment.

    As John Harkins mentioned there were 6 fire fatalities in Stratford.
    NOW I understand why HENRICK stated “I am not going to let you
    blame the Town Council for the FIRE FATALITIES, when I had already
    stated the 2 deaths of the people in that fire in all likely hood could
    NOT have been prevented.

    However, I know zip about the other 4 deaths, to which Harkins
    referred. If, IF, IF they could have been saved by proper equipment…

    If, if, IF Fire or Police became injured while the Town Council and
    Mayor played games with a Capital purchase ….

    Some Police and Fire may be in the know …. ??
    However, I can NOT believe and do NOT WANT to believe ANY POLICE
    or FIRE would allow BROTHERS and SISTERS to be ENDANGERED for O.T.
    or PENSIONS, or STEERING MONEY to Commission on Fire Truck Sales!

    Some Police and Fire may be in the know …. ??
    However, I can NOT believe and do NOT WANT to believe ANY POLICE
    or FIRE would allow the PUBLIC to be ENDANGERED for O.T., PENSIONS,
    or STEERING MONEY to Commission on Fire Truck Sales!

    I can and do believe some Lawyers and Town Committee people are
    100 % capable in putting people in danger for BLOOD MONEY ….

    To use Mike R quote, but about certain people in both parties:

    “This will save us thousands of dollars, probably tens of thousands
    of dollars. What a disgrace.”

    or to rephase it just changing 2 words and replacing it with 1 word:

    [This will “steer” thousands of dollars, probably tens of thousands of dollars.
    What a disgrace.]

  4. 4 rex525

    Jez it appears you broke the story of Miron wanting to buy the trucks just before the election. Now that he lost it appears he doesnt want them anymore. Is it humanly possible that someone could be that shallow and stupid or do you think he is just that arrogant and vindictive?

  5. 5 mikereynolds

    All of the above?

  6. 6 sylvia67

    I strongly urge that a search warrant is obtained so Miron’s home can be searched for Town property. I just find it very strange that John Norko, who had a fine reputation while being employed in Bpt., has already put in his resignation. I believe he knows a lot and wants out. I am so excited by the many calls I am receiving too the effect that, “Syl, one thing I like about the out come of this election is that you are not moving away.” If Miron somehow made it, my home was going up for sale the next day, and many friends in Stratford were so upset when I mentioned that to them. I want to inform the town that the fire chief Miron hired is not qualified to do the job. Ellen Murray is most qualified and she should of been given the job. We need to clean this town out of all the cronies and the nepotism Miron brought to town. This really belongs in “Believe it or Not.”

  7. 7 1george1

    Syl,

    Even Ripley, “would not believe” Stratford.
    Shakespeare could not create these characters, not subplots.

    I am glad Mironlost and Stratford is not losing Sylvia.

    I have to wait on Harkins personnel.
    Syl & I have similar on some people & diametric on others.

    Of any town person, if I was in a union and had a jam, I would
    want Tom Murray to rep me. That is no knock on Ellen Murray!
    I have seen & heard Tom for the last couple years.
    Tom & I would knock heads over Pension Bond money.
    But I believe we have a lot of common ground and places where
    compromise would be realistic compared to draconian scenarios.

    I am neither going to agree nor disagree with rex or mike until some
    things play out.
    It should be enough that I would not rule out their possibilities.
    However, If you read my position about monday night and Town Council
    chair people and the fire trucks and unforgiveable delays BY the TOWN
    COUNCIL …. there is a very real possibility that ……………….. >

  8. 8 1george1

    Jeze,

    I have to compliment you on many very good pictures.
    Your source?
    Do you google fire truck disaster?

    Or do you just google “Miron?”

  9. 9 jezebel282

    Sigh….

    I had so hoped it was done. It must be the water in this Town.
    But, I suppose Yogi was right.

    It is no surprise that Miron is refusing to sign the order. Anyone who has read this blog more than once shouldn’t be the least bit shocked. The only thing Miron really concentrates on is revenge. And even that he does poorly. The order will be signed by Miron or it will be signed by the real mayor on Dec 14th.

    But, as usual, Mayor Moron is directing his vengeance at the taxpayer and voter. It is us who will suffer another month of faulty and inadequate fire equipment. This is a project former fire chief Jay Cybart work on for YEARS. It is what got him terminated. He wanted to finally order the equipment but Miron wanted it saved till he could use it to his own advantage…like around election time. Just like he delayed reconstruction of Huntington Road. (Oh? You didn’t know that the project was approved and funded by the State 4 years ago?).

    But back to the issue at hand. In Miron’s mind, he is “punishing” the firefighter’s union for backing Harkins. Guess what, Jimmy? Each and every member of the union will be collecting a paycheck long after yours have stopped.

    We also anticipate that moments after Harkins signs the order, some die-hard members of the DTC will scream and moan about some shady deal between Feehan and Harkins or Harkins and the union or Feehan and the union or all three. To that end, the Council, Feehan, Chief Cavanaugh (like that would EVER happen) or Harkins should publish the quote and clearly specify what New England Fire Equipment Co’s finder’s fee is.

    (For those not accustomed to standard business practices, Finder’s Fees are provided by literally millions of companies every day for work done in obtaining orders.)

  10. 10 jezebel282

    Sylvia,

    “Ellen Murray is most qualified and she should of been given the job.”

    You are absolutely correct. Aside from her qualifications and experience (which probably surpasses most Fire Chiefs in the State) wouldn’t it be very, very nice for Stratford to have a female fire chief? Especially someone who was more concerned about us than kissing the mayor’s butt.

    (Sadly, Manchester CT beat us to the first female chief years ago.)

    Of course, there would be the locker room mentality to combat within the FD. But even firefighters have to grow up someday. Right, boys?

  11. 11 1george1

    From Jeze
    We also anticipate that moments after Harkins signs the order, some die-hard members of the DTC will scream and moan about some shady deal between Feehan and Harkins or Harkins and the union or Feehan and the union or all three. To that end, the Council, Feehan, Chief Cavanaugh (like that would EVER happen) or Harkins should publish the quote and clearly specify what New England Fire Equipment Co’s finder’s fee is.

    (For those not accustomed to standard business practices, Finder’s Fees are provided by literally millions of companies every day for work done in obtaining orders.)

    From George
    However, the Town Council in which Mr Feehan served for 9 of 10 years
    prior to this Town Council could have bought at least 1 fire Truck 8 years
    ago and another one 2 years ago, couldn’t they?

    Conveniently, the price of the fire trucks adds $ 5,000 to the authorized /
    bonded $ 800,000 for the Fire Trucks.
    That forces a need for an Emergency Order from the Town Council.
    Miron may refuse, “forcing” the Harkins Team to heroically buy the
    badly needed and LONG, LONG, LONG, LONG OVER DUE FIRE TRUCKS
    in the NAME of PUBLIC SAFETY.

    Very conveniently that will happen AFTER the 2 years from which Mr.
    Feehan was on the Town Council.

    Jeze what is the ETHICAL REGULATORY Statute of Limitations on this
    ISSUE?

    Please do not insult anyone’s intelligence with pretext / indignation.

    It’s not like the FBI or JUSTICE DEPARTMENT or JUDGES actually obeys
    the US Constitution or the State Police / Judges / Prosecutors and
    Police / Town Attorneys ….

    The games and lies are unworthy of the bravery and greatness of the
    core of civil servants and the oaths of office.

    What a disgrace …

    On veteran’s day!

  12. 12 phineast

    The council should just declare the emergency in light of the absence of Miron. Get it over with and make the whole thing come full circle-they declared him absent in the beginning of his term he might as well finish that way.

  13. 13 jezebel282

    George,

    “However, the Town Council in which Mr Feehan served for 9 of 10 years
    prior to this Town Council could have bought at least 1 fire Truck 8 years
    ago and another one 2 years ago, couldn’t they?”

    There is so much wrong with the way the Town has been run that it is almost impossible to know where to begin.

    For example, nearly $1 Million of LoCip funding has been squandered on Town Hall renovations and granite curbs on Broad Street. That alone would have bought two new firetrucks. Where the granite came from is still a question.

    “Please do not insult anyone’s intelligence with pretext / indignation.”

    Indignation? Nope. They are just facts. Maybe it was appropriate that this issue came up yesterday. It says so much about Mayor Moron’s last ditch efforts. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month……

    I claim no particular expertise in fire equipment, procedure or methods. But, when firemen say they need equipment to do their jobs and keep us and themselves safe…well, I gotta go with the firemen over the politicians.

    And once again, we see politics entangled in public safety. Here you have a Fire Chief (supposedly the most expert employee in Town regarding fire safety) telling residents in a published letter in the Post that everything is just peachy keen in the FD and Miron has it all under control while slapping his own Assistant Chief around in the press. Yet a mere 10 days (and one election) later he is standing before the Council begging for new equipment because the existing equipment is inadequate, dated (did I hear 1979?) and malfunctioning.

    I have no particular problem with a Town resident (Jim Feehan) making a few bucks. I have a huge problem, however, if it cost taxpayers more than if it were competitively bid and we could have saved more than say, 10% on a $900,000 deal. (In my way of thinking, that’s a whole ‘nother fireman, cop, teacher, pw employee or maybe 2).

  14. 14 1george1

    I claim no particular expertise in fire equipment, procedure or
    methods. But, when firemen say they need equipment to do
    their jobs and keep us and themselves safe…
    well, I gotta go with the firemen over the politicians.

    111 % AGREED.

    The FIREMEN have pointed this NEED for replacement FIRE TRUCKS
    for a DECADE, and the ISSUE first surfaced with KRONENBERG and
    FEEHAN (getting arrested).

    Why didn’t the Town Council then or subsequently BUY FIRE TRUCK(S)?

    Why did they wait until Mr. Feehan could be Ethically / Legally able
    to get the FINDERS FEES / COMMISSIONS to sell, NOT ONE but TWO
    FIRE TRUCKS?

    Yo Jeze, Writing of FINDERS FEES, what is your position on the FINDERS
    FEES that Burturla / Berchem have been rumored (by well connected
    people in BOTH Town Committees) to have been getting on the PENSION
    BONDING and PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT COMPANIES, everytime they go
    out to BID?

    (or, why haven’t they gone to BID, under the (R), while Burturla made
    6 figures every year since 1996, while the (R) MOSTLY controlled both
    the Town council and Board of Ed, which selected Town Attorney,
    except recently under the Mayoral?)

    Are you DEFENDING Burturla / Berchem, when defending Feehan finder
    fees?

    ==

    Phin,

    The council controls the purse and legislation.
    Kubec specifically asked the Fire Dept management to declare emergency.
    The council can not by charter interfer with day to day administration,
    which by charter is the Mayor purview.
    Ergo, the council can not declare emergency – it is up to the mayor, IF
    my information is correct!

    DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION

  15. 15 1george1

    Will Jeze defend finders fees of Feehan and Burturla?

    Will Jeze defend the decade of delay in buying at least 1 fire truck?

    Will Jeze admit that some people in both parties including some Jeze backs,
    care more about money, than cares about Public Safety?

    Jeze – your credibility and integrity are on the line in how you answer these
    specific questions.

    I believe and hope, you are person enougn to place public safety above your
    political allies.

    Yo Jeze – it is not like I am giving any credit to Miron on this as I believe he is
    100 % involved in this scam, along with Burturla and the mirror imagers.

  16. 16 jezebel282

    George,

    “Will Jeze defend finders fees of Feehan and Burturla?”

    I have no proof of any finder’s fee paid to anyone…yet. However, both Buturla and Berchem Moses and Devlin were acting upon Stratford’s behalf and being compensated (very well) for it. The collection of a finder’s fee would be wholly inappropriate. Finder’s fees are not intended to provide double income for the finder.

    “Will Jeze defend the decade of delay in buying at least 1 fire truck?”

    Nope. See above.

    “Will Jeze admit that some people in both parties including some Jeze backs,
    care more about money, than cares about Public Safety?”

    “Backs”? Who does Jezebel back?

    “Jeze – your credibility and integrity are on the line in how you answer these
    specific questions.”

    So what? Every time I touch the keyboard that is the case.

  17. 17 1george1

    Good enough.

    You answered appropriately enough, to satisfy my curiousity
    and reinforce my respect for you.

    On many things, we agree to disargree, which is healthy.

  18. 18 1george1

    someone help jeze of the floor, please?

  19. 19 phineast

    George, I actually didn’t ask a question-just made a statement to ponder. You are actually incorrect, I went back back reread the section of the charter referenced. Council has the right during the “absence” to have the council chair become the acting mayor…….Miron is being totally irresponsible and immature going off to lick his wounds while the staff is resigning…he is not putting Stratford or the safety of the residents first-he never has. We are fortunate to be rid of him on Dec 14.

  20. 20 1george1

    Phin –
    The Mayor was absent, but not incapacitated.
    THAT may affect your interpretation vs, intent & verbage?

    The Chairman did not act.
    The meeting is over.

    I believe Henrick would be far worse than Miron, and that is no
    compliment to Miron> I have my reasons.

  21. 21 jezebel282

    Sink, sank, sunk:

    Mayor won’t declare emergency to expedite fire truck purchase

    Written by John Kovach
    Thursday, 12 November 2009 10:22

    The purchase of two fire trucks may be still be held up in a debate over whether the need constitutes an emergency.

    The Town Council voted Monday night to allocate from the council’s contingency fund $5,000 needed to allow the purchase of two fire trucks used as demonstration models by Smeal, the manufacturer.

    The Fire Department was originally given $450,000 to buy a truck. Another $350,000 was allocated in a capital plan.

    The price for the two trucks is $805,000.

    However, the direct purchase from the manufacturer would be done without competitive bidding, so the allocation was approved pending Mayor James R. Miron declaring an emergency so the bidding ordinance could be waived.

    “I’m not going to waive a quarter million dollars in bids when the Fire Department has fought for over four years to get the specs the Fire Department says it needs,” Miron said Wednesday, and that the situation did not constitute an emergency. And exactly how did firing Jay Cybart help the cause, Jimmy?

    Miron was not at Monday’s council meeting. Why should he be? It was only about honoring Police and Firefighters and public safety.

    Town ordinance requires any purchase or contract in excess of $7,500 be put out to bid.

    “This is 100 times that,” Miron said.

    Miron said the trucks earmarked for purchase are not those the Fire Department designed, and doing the purchase as an emergency “makes a mockery” of the bid process. And Lord knows the bid process is so important to you. How many bids did you get from Heather for the awful logos, stationary and Town tag line? How many bids did you get before you gave $180,000 worth of consulting to BL Company? You hypocritical idiot.

    “If the next guy wants to do it, he can,” Miron said, referring to Mayor-elect John Harkins, who takes office Dec. 14. LOL! Can’t say it, can you Jimmy? “The next MAYOR.”

    Firefighters said trucks have broken down, requiring loans from departments in Milford and Shelton. The department’s reserve truck is a 1979 model. Does it have an 8 track player too?

    Fire Chief James Cavanaugh, until asked to stop by Councilman Joseph Kubic (R-9th), repeated several times that the department’s preference would be to draft specifications for a truck from the ground up, but that purchasing the two demo models would quickly fill a need.

    “I’m fervently against buying used apparatus for the Fire Department,” Cavanaugh said. Now here’s a guy who’s never influenced by politics….

    The trucks have never been in service and never been used to fight a fire, Cavanaugh and Assistant Chief Daniel Ross said.

    Ross, too, expressed preference for trucks designed to meet specifications.

    But in an effort to fill a years-long need for new apparatus, firefighters searched online and found other options. Really? They Googled it?

    One truck was tested in town, but firefighters did not feel it met their needs.

    They then heard through New England Fire Equipment about the availability of two trucks Smeal had used to show its vehicles to potential buyers.

    Another $100,000 would be needed to equip both trucks. Kubic said that could be appropriated at purchase.

    The cost of one truck, built to spec, was $670,000, Ross said.

    Forget it. Nothing will happen until after Dec 14th.

  22. 22 mikereynolds

    I hope everyone who supported and voted for this worthless scumbag sees his true colors.

  23. 23 phineast

    so show me the bids for the $70k worth of branding that went directly to Heather’s firm-no emergency there either….that just might give ole Jimbo a seat in the slammer.
    George-they should have acted the night of the meeting while both Miron and Mccauley were unreachable. That would have ended it. If it were Miron’s mother who died as one of the 6 fatalities this year you could bet your sweet bippy we’d have a whole new fleet of trucks, fully equipped.

  24. 24 jezebel282

    I wonder when it will be declared an “emergency”.

    Stratford residents demand more hydrants after fatal September fire
    By Richard Weizel
    STAFF WRITER
    Updated: 11/09/2009 11:49:28 PM EST

    STRATFORD — Residents of a secluded North End neighborhood where two people died during a September fire that required water tankers be set up because of the lack of hydrants demanded Monday that the town provide more hydrants to prevent future tragedies.

    Neighbors who live near the fire that broke out Sept. 25 at 48 Kathleen Drive and claimed the lives of two elderly people described standing helplessly nearby on the dead-end street and witnessing a “burning inferno that soared high above the trees.”

    The bodies of the two were found the next day inside the charred shell of the house, owned by Ronald Everett and his wife, Sandra M. Harris-Everett. The 88-year-old mother of Sandra Harris-Everett and an uncle who were staying there died in the blaze, fire officials said. The Everetts were away when the fire erupted.

    Neighbors told the Town Council Monday night they have been complaining for years that the single fire hydrant in their neighborhood was not enough to provide protection for their 50 home-community near the Shelton border.

    “Five fire engines and all on-duty members of the Stratford Fire Department that night rushed to the blaze,” said Steve Otfinoski, who resides near the site of the fire…

    But wait for it…it only gets better:

    …Cavanaugh said. “As to why there has been only one hydrant there all these years, I really can’t answer that.”

    Right. What would a Fire Chief know about the placement of fire hydrants?

  25. 25 mikereynolds

    Well, didn’t he just get here? You can’t lay this at his feet.

  26. 26 jezebel282

    Mike,

    He got here on Jan 23. You think 10 months is not enough time to look at a map?

  27. 27 mikereynolds

    Has it been that long? I honestly thought he just got here. Maybe that was the other guy.

  28. 28 1george1

    I basically agree with the above post.

    However,

    If the reserve fire truck is a 1979 truck and adding 12 to 15 years
    for service, that brings it to 1991 to 1994, when somesone should
    have bought a new or demo truck to replace it.

    Am I correct?

    Somebody please answer as to what year was the proper time
    to retire the reserve Fire Truck.

    Then post what year stamford Fireman Feehan was a Town Councilor.

    Willl ANYONE do that, since his name isn’t Miron?

    What years hav the D and R controlled the Town Council.

    What years and for how many years have the firemen been asking to
    replace the fire trucks ?

    Will any Miron haters conceed that the Mirons do NOT take the
    exclusive hit on this and the feehan / republicans deserve at
    least a tiny piece of the blame?

    Fair is fair, correct?

    I expect Mike R, who like myself does not like the Miron political
    actions, has at least conceeded some things ,,,,

  29. 29 jezebel282

    George,

    I have never been a fan of either the RTC or DTC. The DTC just happens to be more corrupt currently.

    What we actually need are some heroes in Stratford. Captain Joe McNeil and Assistant Chief Tom Murray are excellent starts. Let’s hope John Harkins can come close to their stature.

  30. 30 1george1

    I hope McNeil and Murray are the men I believe they are,
    and that you obviously believe in.

    We have room for honest political disagreements.

    I just finished a post about a few of the shutdowns and downsizing
    that I hear about on a daily basis. These are just CT.
    I work MULTIPLE STATES for multiple companies.

    To all – Shalom – Dominus Vobiscum.

  31. 31 ronmoreau

    George,
    Et cum spiritu tuo

  32. 32 ronmoreau

    Jez,

    ” I have no proof of any finder’s fee paid to anyone…yet. However, both Buturla and Berchem Moses and Devlin were acting upon Stratford’s behalf and being compensated (very well) for it. The collection of a finder’s fee would be wholly inappropriate. Finder’s fees are not intended to provide double income for the finder.

    Inappropriate? Wouldn’t it be illegal?

    Wether it be in cash or lets say a hot tub in your summer cottage?

  33. 33 ronmoreau

    ……or how about your law firm getting hired by a neighboring city soon after that city gets a favorable ruling because you failed to properly represent the town in court concerning that ruling?

    Where do you draw the line?

  34. 34 1george1

    ET TU BRUTE (Burturla – Berchem)

  35. 35 jezebel282

    Ron,

    “Inappropriate? Wouldn’t it be illegal?”

    What can you do? Call the Chief of Police to investigate?

  36. 36 1george1

    YEP.

    DO EXACTLY THAT in a way that is DOCUMENTED.
    Especially when there are concurring complaintants!
    The more concurring complaintants … the ….>

  37. 37 jezebel282

    Nope.

    You are wrong, George my friend. This is Stratford. You should know better.

    John Buturla’s two main qualities as Police Chief were being Rich Buturla’s brother and doing anything Miron wanted. After Dec 14th those qualities will be eliminated.

    We already know that he has failed as a leader of officers. 92% of the police officers voted “no confidence” in him.

    Buturla, along with McCarthy and Cavanaugh, simply chose the wrong career path; Miron’s way. To a lesser extent, so did Riddenhour and Maffet. They chose Miron over their own departments.

    You lead by example and by protecting your own. You don’t vilify and discredit your staff in the press (as Cavanaugh did), fire them (as McCarthy did) or have them arrested (as John Buturla did).

  38. 38 1george1

    Jeze,

    I believe getting rid of a police chief is EXTREMELY difficult.

    The workers do not fire the chief, unless they can prove criminal
    violations. Even then
    1 – It takes higher authority than a mayor.

    2 – There needs to be formal charges.

    3 – The politically appointed prosecutors / and-or U. S. Attorneys
    have to be willing to ACT.

    4 – Finding a State or Federal Judge willing to take on “connections.”

    5 – Complaintants better be sooooo clean they squeek when they walk.

    6 – Friendly press would help.

    7 – Somebody in higher authority has to have motive to OK.

    —–
    I find your statement reprehensible and what is wrong with USA:
    You lead by example and by protecting your own.

    Blue Wall and Omerta are often indistinguishable, for criminal acts?

  39. 39 jezebel282

    George,

    “I find your statement reprehensible”

    You have never led people, George. I am not going to discuss the qualities of leadership with someone who only believes in the evil of leaders. Let us suffice it to say that loyalty is earned, not commanded.

    Having a Police Chief fired is not that big of a deal either. Basically it is the same process Miron tried to use on former Fire Chief Jay Cybart.

    Sec. 7-278. Hearing prior to dismissal of municipal police head. Just cause requirement. Appeal. No active head of any police department of any town, city or borough shall be dismissed unless there is a showing of just cause by the authority having the power of dismissal and such person has been given notice in writing of the specific grounds for such dismissal and an opportunity to be heard in his own defense, personally or by counsel, at a public hearing before such authority. Such public hearing, unless otherwise specified by charter, shall be held not less than five nor more than ten days after such notice. Any person so dismissed may appeal within thirty days following such dismissal to the superior court for the judicial district in which such town, city or borough is located. Service shall be made as in civil process. Said court shall review the record of such hearing, and, if it appears upon the hearing upon the appeal that testimony is necessary for an equitable disposition of the appeal, it may take evidence or appoint a referee or a committee to take such evidence as it directs and report the same to the court with his or its findings of fact, which report shall constitute a part of the proceedings upon which the determination of the court shall be made. The court, upon such appeal, and after a hearing thereon, may affirm the action of such authority, or may set the same aside if it finds that such authority acted illegally or arbitrarily, or in the abuse of its discretion, with bad faith, malice, or without just cause.

  40. 40 1george1

    “You lead by example and by protecting your own.”

    – Q

    Regardless of merit, legality, ethically, or Constitutionally?

  41. 41 jezebel282

    George,

    “Regardless of merit, legality, ethically, or Constitutionally?”

    As a leader, if the people you lead show no merit, act illegally, unethically or unconstitutionally that is your own deficiency as a leader.

    The primary responsibility of a leader versus an administrator is to enable your people to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. The “magic” of leadership is demonstrating that each and every task is vital to the success of the organization and that all contributions to that effort are praiseworthy.

    Among other things, that means that errors committed by the people you lead are your responsibility and no one else’s. That is what I mean by “protecting your own”. You certainly don’t have them arrested or humiliate them in the press.

    Here is a good rule of thumb: Whatever Miron and his administrators have done in the last four years….don’t do that.

    (By now, George, you should know me better than that.)

  42. 42 1george1

    Jeze,

    Your answer is consistent with one that I could have writen and wanted
    you to write, simply to clarify there is a huge difference between you…..
    and many in the political …. game.

    I challemge and test everyone on political issues and welcome everyone to challenge and test me on political issues.

    You would find it amusing the one question I was glad I did not have to
    answer. I sided with both the questioner, yet understood there was a
    safety reason why a nusance situation kinda needed to exist, related to
    the people the questioner would make unhappy …. 8)

    Will anyone bite out of curiosity?

  43. 43 anyonebutharkins

    Here is a good rule of thumb: Whatever Miron and his administrators have done in the last four years….don’t do that.

    (By now, George, you should know me better than that.)

    See, you lost me on that one comment Jeze. I agree that a manager is only as succesful as the power and promotability of his people. If a manager does not train a crew filled with energetic, promotable people, he is not doing his job.

    {or her job…)

    That said, this whole relentless stupid miron thing really makes me discredit you and not want to engage in a conversation.

    I have asked this before, but I will one more time. Is there any possible way that you can release your obsession with miron now that the election is over and maintain this site as a healthy, open site where views could finally be open, not as they have been over the past few years.

    I think you are making a grave mistake and an insult to your credibility by not sticking behind your site.

  44. 44 ronmoreau

    Jez,

    What ‘Anyone but’ fails to understand is that there is a HUGE difference between a manager/administrator and a Leader. That’s why he is lost.

    You said,

    ” The primary responsibility of a leader versus an administrator is to enable your people to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. The “magic” of leadership is demonstrating that each and every task is vital to the success of the organization and that all contributions to that effort are praiseworthy.”

    You also said…

    ” Among other things, that means that errors committed by the people you lead are your responsibility and no one else’s. That is what I mean by “protecting your own”. You certainly don’t have them arrested or humiliate them in the press.”

    I agree with you.

    Our current Mayor and his administration has FAILED to provide honest LEADERSHIP for everyone in Stratford. He has also FAILED to provide honest leadership of the Democratic Town Committee.

    He has taken no responsability for anything that has gone wrong in our town.

    The electorate obviously agrees.

    Mr. Harkins has a tough job ahead of him. Only time will tell if he is the LEADER we believe him to be.

    I believe he is.

  45. 45 jezebel282

    Anyone,

    “(By now, George, you should know me better than that.)

    See, you lost me on that one comment Jeze.”

    Of course I did. Let me explain it so that even you will understand it. The reason you did not understand it and George did was because George can read and comprehend. You cannot. You are aware, at a low level, that this site has opposed the incompetence, corruption, lying, persecutions, and egomania of Miron for years. Therefore you tend to skim the postings looking for any key word or phrase with which you can attack whoever the writer is.

    “I agree that a manager is only as succesful as the power and promotability of his people.”

    Whew! Amazing. I use words like “enable”, “best”, “ability”, “success”, “responsibility” and “lead” while you respond with “power” and “promotability” and “crew”. I think that about says it all.

    “That said, this whole relentless stupid miron thing really makes me discredit you and not want to engage in a conversation.”

    LOL! Thank you for that non sequitur. It is interesting that you think I am the relentless one. However, you make no comment on any topic such as not ordering the firetrucks that the FD needs and the Council approved, or the use of Town resources for campaign purposes. Instead, you invariably attack the writer and not the subject.

    “Is there any possible way that you can release your obsession with miron now that the election is over and maintain this site as a healthy, open site where views could finally be open, not as they have been over the past few years.”

    Once again, had you read what was written you would realize that I believed that usefulness of this site had been completed after the election. The return to editing the site had been necessitated by 1. Chief Cavanaugh’s blatant lying and 2. Miron’s immature response to public safety needs.

    “I think you are making a grave mistake and an insult to your credibility by not sticking behind your site.”

    While I am absolutely positive there is nothing you would like better than to post on an anti-Harkins site or point fingers at some elected Republican, the opportunity has not presented itself yet. It is my hope that it won’t….but you never know. And this is not “my” site. I only maintain it. As you are aware, I did leave it up and running for others such as yourself to post.

    ( By the way, Anyone, did you notice that Laura Dobsz lost another election? That’s two in a row. You think she’ll try for three-pete in two years?)

  46. 46 jezebel282

    George,

    “Will anyone bite out of curiosity?”

    Sigh…OK George, consider yourself bitten.

    (But if I see “CIA”, “Exxon”, “FBI”…… my finger is poised over the “delete” key)

  47. 47 phineast

    “Sigh…OK George, Consider yourself bitten.”

    Careful Jez…You will over excite him!

  48. 48 1george1

    There was a question posed at Christ Church that I was unsure
    of how to honestly answer, in no small part because we were
    only given 30 – 45 – 60 seconds to answer.

    The question drawn out of the hat (Harkins)
    “What would you do about noise levels of motor cycles and
    the affect on neighborhoods?”

  49. 49 1george1

    Every car and truck has blind spots, and motorcycles are so small,
    and some riders will speed and pass faster than many people can
    react, unless they can HEAR the Motorcycles.

    Motorcycles are nosier as and after they pass people, however the
    loud noise can project to oncoming or traffic ahead of the rider.

    A neighbor has a bike or a visitor drives a bike and it IS noise nusance
    when it road past my home, not unlike the over head jets which have
    awakened me at 2 – 3 – 4 am, except the motorcylce is normally at a
    decent evening hour.

    Mr. P’s gets a few “Hells Angels” and the local “Wolf Pack” among other
    groups of mostly wannabees. (Mostly – not completely – cleaned up.
    Some are related to Stratford police or CT political justice people &
    families of political people, especially the outlaw in-laws.)
    However there are many business men and women who ride motor
    cycles recrationally.

    The noise from motor cycles is a nusance.
    However I believe, without that noise, there would be MORE accidents!

    The LAW recognizes there is a need for noisy motorcycles for safety.
    Some bikers intentionally make the BIKES noisier than the law allows,
    in part because of saftey and in part because of their ,,,, personalities
    ….. which make me look like a highly rational conformist. 😉

    The people of OSNA are home owners who spend rediculous amounts of
    money on renovations to make sure their homes are HISTORICALLY correct,
    the same way BIKERS love their BIKES and spend extra for the CHROME and
    PAINT and nuances.
    Most hate MR. P’S – Hards Corner Cafe.
    Some hate the WW II Monument. Espcially the night lighting.

    I have had a week weeks to think about the question.
    I am glad I did not have to answer the question.
    There was NO way I could give an honest answer in 30 seconds that
    was honest, logical, and fair to the audience, without gettting them
    realy, really, really ticked at me, for not toeing the line.

    This was different than the softball question of the PYE, since I do NOT
    believe PYE’s request was unreasonable.
    > NO EXPANSION
    > NO MOVING MAIN STREET
    > NO POLLUTION & NO UNREASONABLE NOISE

    However, Marcia Stewart would also give LBW away fro FREE. I would not!

    Marcia, woild be willing to PAY F & W totake LBW. I would not!

    Marcia and friends want to close the Airport. I do not – Yet I am against
    expansion and night takeoffs and landings beyond reasonable parameters
    and I do not believe the airport should be, NOT needs to be expanded.

  50. 50 1george1

    “The reason you did not understand it and George did was because
    George can read and comprehend.” – Jeze

    Quick – someone check to make sure Jeze was not abducted by aliens? 😉

    I can not disagree with Ron’s post.

    Jeze, please take it easy on Laura and having lost 2 elections.

    1 – It is nice to have honest debate, with substantive issues.

    2 – Despite some personality political conflicts, Laura is just as nice as
    PCS and I suspect as nice as you. Laura did much for her gandparents
    (1 died a few months ago) and I know you and PCS are family people!

    3 – You and PCS would be surprized to learn Laura and you feel the
    same way about “certain” people “not among Mironuts.”

    4 – Most importantly 🙂 … Laura only lost twice. I got killed for mayor
    with only 2 votes four years ago and got 38 votes or 5.3 % vs. Gavin,
    While this Council Vote I was up to about 7 % of Council Votes.
    I really do not want to be the Adlai Stevenson of Stratford politics. 😦
    However at the rate of votes gained, I will be about 110 years old,
    before I win an election! 8)

    Last point – Does anybody now NOT understand that I anyways had
    different parameters for winning the election, than getting the most
    votes?

    Will anyone bite on that bait? 🙂

  51. 51 jezebel282

    George,

    “1 – It is nice to have honest debate, with substantive issues.”

    As you know, I love an honest debate. Anyonebutharkins doesn’t seem to like a debate. Personal attacks seem to be the only content.

    Some Mironistas never learn.

    As for motorcycles and noise levels, I am definitely not convinced that it is a “safety” issue. Especially when so many riders refuse to wear helmets. Perhaps a nice dayglo orange outfit (hunter’s wear them for safety) with matching man-purse would be more appropriate.

    I think the noise levels are just another “look at me” tactic calling attention to the only thing between their legs that’s big and powerful.

  52. 52 1george1

    Jeze,

    I believe most of your argument is correct about motorcycles’ noise.

    I will avoid temptation to add groups of people (both sexes) about
    your suggestions. 😉

    However, as posted, NOISE is a PART of a legitimate argument and it is
    allowed by legislation to allow BIKES to be noisey.

    QUESTION: If “you were the Mayor” candidate at Christ Church, what would
    you answer be?
    I honestly know some motorcycle noise is legit, while excessive is not.

    Was this a surprize?
    What would you have thought would have caught me in a dilema to answer?
    BAIT to ANYONE?

    Including TIN FOIL. 🙂

  53. 53 mikereynolds

    Well George you are getting your wish. Kelly or Florek won’t be the Town Attorney.

    But I’m sure your little conspiratorial mind will come up with a few doozies once the official announcement is made.

  54. 54 jezebel282

    George,

    “QUESTION: If “you were the Mayor” candidate at Christ Church, what would
    you answer be?
    I honestly know some motorcycle noise is legit, while excessive is not.”

    The answer to the question is “nothing”. It is not a mayoral issue.

    You may not have noticed, since they are always parked when you go to Mr. P’s or the Frog Pond, but motorcycles have wheels and can go far and fast.

    It is an issue for the Department of Motor Vehicles, just as emissions and seat belts are regulated. You cannot stop motorcycles at the border and make them turn around if they are too loud or the rider wears no helmet.

  55. 55 1george1

    Mike,

    I e-mailed Harkins and Malloy about the perception if the same old,
    same old are Town Attorneys.

    That includes:
    Frank Blando, close to or related to DeCilio
    Kurt Ahlberg, Catalano’s uncle by marriage and grandson to a Stfd Police Chief.
    Tom Cotter, who worked for the State and Berchem
    Ben Proto. who worked for the State and w Avaloone, who rents from Berchem
    He also reps Harborside and was on CRC # 2 and past RTC Chair.

    I would absolutely love it if Jim Miron, Kent Miller, and Rich Burturla
    were named to be the Town Attorney.
    Jeze would go nuts as would the town!

    However, I would not be surprized to find Willinger & Bucci or a Hartford
    firm to be appointed Town Attorney.

    Weizel’s story today is laying foundation to attack term limits, in which the
    more important Constitutional Issues are hidden in Burturla’s opinion to
    C.R.C. # 2
    > Initiative – petition – referendum – plebiscite.

    Congratulations.
    When those are gone, we approach a fascist police state.

    After that, we can expect the double crossing of lawyers and police in
    Stratford, as they will no longer be useful. 😦

    Mike > Ask not for whom the bell tolls …

  56. 56 1george1

    Jeze is that your answer about motorcycle noise to the people at Christ Church?

  57. 57 jezebel282

    George,

    “Jeze is that your answer about motorcycle noise to the people at Christ Church?”

    Yes. We would be better off lobbying the DMV for regulations. We have 100 cops who would just love to distribute some extra tickets.

    Failing that….some cleverly strung piano wire across a few strategic streets….

  58. 58 jezebel282

    Ummm…that is if John Buturla would stop arresting cops and other Town employees.

  59. 59 mikereynolds

    George wrote:

    “Frank Blando, close to or related to DeCilio
    Kurt Ahlberg, Catalano’s uncle by marriage and grandson to a Stfd Police Chief.
    Tom Cotter, who worked for the State and Berchem
    Ben Proto. who worked for the State and w Avaloone, who rents from Berchem
    He also reps Harborside and was on CRC # 2 and past RTC Chair.”

    No
    No
    No
    No

  60. 60 1george1

    Mike,

    I would absolutely love it if Jim Miron, Kent Miller, and Rich Burturla
    were named to be the Town Attorney.
    Jeze would go nuts as would the town! (EVEN Weizel might notice?)

    However, I would not be surprized to find Willinger & Bucci or a Hartford
    firm to be appointed Town Attorney.

    Mike,

    When we were kids, we could drive people crazy by chanting
    “I know something you don’t know!”
    “I know something you don’t know!”
    “I know something you don’t know!”

    I have found that sometimes postings on this blog is accurate.
    Some times it has not been accurate.

    What ever happens, will happen, and then we deal with it.

    Truthfully, I hope PCS, JEZE and others are right about HARKINS.
    However, the way I read Weizel’s column, no time will be wasted
    going after Term Limits, with the real attack on Grandfathered
    Rights under the Special Act Charter.

    When, NOT IF, that happened, Stratford will be a FASCIST POLICE
    STATE, if it is not already.
    Mike – when your friends get what they think they want, they will
    find they can be the first victims!

  61. 61 phineast

    OK George, it’s official-you really must be out of your mind- Miron as a town attorney? Sure let’s give him as much or more power than the mayor..if he sucked at being mayor what makes you think he is any good at the other profession? We already know what Burturla is capable of–cha ching!, which is one of yours and Jez’s biggest complaints and Kent Miller? you can’t be serious!. As for the rest of your list.. I’ll wait and see what John picks, something tells me he is not stupid–so I don’t think we’ll see Willinger, Bucci, or “the Hartford firm” here and the public outcry about the Miron regime is loud and clear so I don’t think you will be seeing them in a leading capacity anytime soon. As always it will keep Stratford interesting.

    Term limits according to the State are illegal–you can’t restrict an individual’s right to run-that is exactly how we got Miron shoved down our throats for the last 4 years. If it were to be challenged in court,( it really is no different than Miron’s CRC exclusion that was voided)who knows?
    We already have been in a fascist police state for 4 years and we are finally breaking out of it-right now there is nothing to write about in town other than the immature antics of Miron-and honestly we are sick to death of the guy and look forward to his public announcement that he is really a Shelton resident-let Lauretti deal with him, no one here wants him.

    Quite honestly if they go after term limits-the whole original and second charter revision could be null and void and put us back to the council manager form of government–so be very careful what you put out there–I didn’t want the mayor the first time around-I wonder after the Miron town raping how many would vote to keep the mayoral form of government….

  62. 62 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “right now there is nothing to write about in town other than the immature antics of Miron”

    While for the most part I wholeheartedly agree with you, we will be stuck with quite a bit of damage leftover from Mayor Moron. John Buturla, James Cavanaugh and Maurice McCarthy being some examples. Not to mention at least 3 serious ongoing lawsuits.

    As we saw today, John Buturla still has his enemies list intact and Cavanaugh can’t tell the difference between a lie and the truth. McCarthy will simply do whatever it takes to keep his job and pension (talk about double dipping) no matter how it effects citizens.

    Hopefully, Harkins will..ummm…errr…terminate, some of these problems.

    However, there are others that have and will continue to plague the Town and will consume a lot of time and money. Raymark waste, SAEP (and toxic waste), LBW (still), the Theater and, of course, a budget in the midst of the worst recession in living memory.

    At this point I do not think the Town nor John Harkins can afford politics as usual. Whoever he appoints/hires must be competent, honest, energetic and above all efficient. That pretty much eliminates anyone Miron hired.

    I think much more will be written before this Town regains its reputation.

  63. 63 1george1

    LOL – LOL – giggle

    OK George, it’s official-you really must be out of your mind- Miron as a town attorney? Sure let’s give him as much or more power than the mayor..if he sucked at being mayor what makes you think he is any good at the other profession?

    Phin – I was kidding and being sarcastic …

    ->

    We already know what Burturla is capable of–cha ching!, which is one of yours and Jez’s biggest complaints and Kent Miller? you can’t be serious!

    Phin – I was not serious. However I did not expect you to fall for my kidding?
    I though I would get a Harkins Hoplite ,,,,

    – >

    Term limits according to the State are illegal–you can’t restrict an individual’s right to run-that is exactly how we got Miron shoved down our throats for the last 4 years. If it were to be challenged in court,( it really is no different than Miron’s CRC exclusion that was voided)who knows?
    We already have been in a fascist police state for 4 years and we are finally breaking out of it-right now there is nothing to write about in town other than the immature antics of Miron-and honestly we are sick to death of the guy and look forward to his public announcement that he is really a Shelton resident-let Lauretti deal with him, no one here wants him.

    Quite honestly if they go after term limits-the whole original and second charter revision could be null and void and put us back to the council manager form of government–so be very careful what you put out there–I didn’t want the mayor the first time around-I wonder after the Miron town raping how many would vote to keep the mayoral form of government….

    ->

    Phin – I e-mailed an FOI to Burturla for a copy of his opinion
    about TERM LIMITS. I can pick up Hard Copy from Gail for $ 8.50.

    I asked for the Term Limits opinion in electronic attachment format.

    I also looked at the Recall opinion in the C.R.C. # 2.

    I have consistently writen the attorneys and the parties are after the
    RIGHT TO PETITION / REFERENDUM, which is legal under the Special
    Act Charter, but not in the Home Rule Act, which Burturla opines our
    Town Charter is now under.

    You can find it under “RECALL” in the CRC # 2 Town Attorney Opinions.
    However, when you click the Link, the topic becomes

    Recall/Initiative/Referendum

    All of our Attorneys in town carefully avoid using the word PETITION!!

    Does anyone want to know WHY?

  64. 64 ddbess

    I basically agree with the above post.

    However,

    If the reserve fire truck is a 1979 truck and adding 12 to 15 years
    for service, that brings it to 1991 to 1994, when somesone should
    have bought a new or demo truck to replace it.

    Am I correct?

    Somebody please answer as to what year was the proper time
    to retire the reserve Fire Truck.

    Hey Georgie,
    Next time, listen with BOTH ears when a discussion takes place. The reserve 1979 pumper was bought by the town within the last two years, NOT 1979. It was purchased from GK in Watertown, CT. It was traded into that company when the Thomaston FD purchased a new pumper from GK. So, there is the answer to your question.
    In 1996, a plan to set a schedule to replace the old fleet was put into motion with the purchase of 2 new pumpers. After receiving these 2, the FD was looking to replace a pumper aproximately every 5 years unil the fleet was dependable. The next apparatus purchase was in 2000, when the fleet was in dire need of updating due to numerous break downs. This pumper was a DEMO PUMPER bought from the manufacturers factory (Pierce) & dealer. After purchasing a new pumper & ladder truck, the replacement program was once again talked about with no result. The 1979 reserve/spare was quickly purchased due to break downs followed by Another used truck from NJ to also be used as a reserve/spare.
    So, a year later (WITH MUCH MONEY SPENT TO TRY TO DISCREDIT THE FIRST APPARATUS COMMITEE and a consultant to tell the fd what they need) and still no new fire apparatus.

  65. 65 1george1

    Next time, listen with BOTH ears when a discussion takes place.
    The reserve 1979 pumper was bought by the town within the last
    two years, NOT 1979. It was purchased from GK in Watertown, CT.
    It was traded into that company when the Thomaston FD purchased
    a new pumper from GK. So, there is the answer to your question.

    To DD BESS – THank you for your reply and information.
    Unfortunately
    1 – I do have a hearing problem.
    2 – Both political parties “official” people had shut down access from
    the town, with the Republicans claiming Gavin couldn’t get information
    and neither could the Town Council.
    I have spoke to Gavin who was kind enough to debate 2 years ago.
    But I get no constituent e-mail replies and he choose not to ask
    Burturla a question about Public Forum speaker’s rights? 😉

    Norko had been handcuffed.
    Rich Burturla ignored e-mails until the request for term limit opinion.
    John Burturla is cordial, but passed my info requests up the lines.
    Jimbo and I traded wise cracks, which I will miss. I loved it when I
    was outside town hall collecting petition signature and the Mayor
    suggested I set up a lemon aid stand.
    I forget my exact reply but it probably had something to do with the
    “LEMON” in the Mayor’s office? 8)

    = >

    In 1996, a plan to set a schedule to replace the old fleet was put into motion with the purchase of 2 new pumpers. After receiving these 2, the FD was looking to replace a pumper aproximately every 5 years unil the fleet was dependable. The next apparatus purchase was in 2000, when the fleet was in dire need of updating due to numerous break downs.

    Let’s see: A stamford fireman was the Town Council Chairman
    2005 – 2007
    2004 – 2005 he finished out Jamison Scott’s term
    2003 – 2004 he sat out a year then circumvented term limits
    1997 – 2003 he served 6 years on town council, and about 1999 -2001 he
    and Kronenberg has a little issue where he got arrested, and then she
    was run out of the town council and then run out of town.

    This arrest had to do with alledgedly bidding while being on a town
    council, where town councilors are/were not supposed to get ANY
    money from the Town (despite a different Chairman serving while his
    very nice wife worked for the council.

    The Mayor had refused to sign an “emergency” waiver due to extra
    $ 5,000 of the price of 2 Demo Fire Trucks, besides $ 100,000 for the
    equipment.
    (I wonder if the equipment is coming from the same company which
    sold those “rounded gold bricks” for the Fire House 300 % over cost?

    But, but, bit DDBESS – Thank goodness Jimmy refused to sign that
    “Emergency Order!”

    Why?

    Well, IF those FIRE TRUCKS were purchased in NOVEMBER 2009, then
    the former Town Council Chairman might have violated ETHICS LAWS
    and STATUTES of LIMITATIONS…..

    Isn’t it a good thing, ESQ. James Miron is sooo petulant on this issue?
    Otherwise finder’s fees or Sales Commission might come under Ethics
    Clouds, wouldn’t they?

    Is there anyone else who wonders why NO FIRE TRUCK was bought
    about 2000 – 2002, AND then another FIRE TRUCK could have been
    bought 2006 – 2008.

    After all, what is more important?

    Having SAFE EQUIPMENT and PUBLIC SAFETY, or who would collect
    Commission or Finder’s Fees, while getting the best possible price
    for the best possible appropriate equipment for PUBLIC SAFETY and
    for the ability of our professionals to be able to safely do their job?

  66. 66 jezebel282

    George,

    Here’s the thing about firefghters: They only want to save your life.

    When you throw political sand in the works, the ones who suffer the most are us.

    The rank & file of most fire departments think that the need to save lives is a priority with their administration and Town leaders as well. They do not comprehend that they can become a political chip in the game. Maybe sometimes they are too busy polishing stuff or playing high school games like “this is MAN’S work” to notice. Perhaps they are just not accustomed to being lied to. I have a feeling that our FD will eventually mature enough to be able to tell who is lying and who is not.

    Their dilemma is much like the PD’s. They originally welcomed John Buturla as a professional. They learned the hard way. The FD is slowly learning about Cavanaugh. How many times do you have to lie to be thought of as a liar?

    What is amazing is that New England Fire Equipment always seems to have the “best” prices in the continental U.S. It is a wonder they stay in business with such low profit margins….isn’t it?

    ddbess,

    “Somebody please answer as to what year was the proper time to retire the reserve Fire Truck.”

    My guess would be when you can no longer get 8 track tapes for it.

  67. 67 1george1

    No disagreement about post # 66.

    In fact I completely agree.

    Before, repeat before, it became an NBC tag line,
    I told John Burturla that on 9/11
    police, fire, ems, & military ran towards, repeat ran towards

    danger.

    I just sent Jeze an e-mail with a link to “BEFORE YOU GO”

    It is the WW II version of a song with pictures of our heroes.

    There are Korean War and Vietnam versions as well.

    I tried to GOOGLE to find it.
    Pages 1 had another song with the same name?

  68. 68 jezebel282

    One more time just in case anyone forgot:

    Chief rebuts Fire Department allegations
    Updated: 10/28/2009 04:14:38 PM EDT

    In response to the letter written by Stratford Assistant Fire Chief Tom Murray, I would like to set the record straight with the truth.

    Mayor James Miron and his administration understand and appreciate the importance of securing and maintaining quality fire equipment for the protection of our community and our firefighters.

    As fire chief for the Stratford Fire Department, I want to assure town residents that they are safe and protected. We have the finest and best-trained firefighters in the state operating with a system that puts them at the scene of an incident within minutes of every call. Our current apparatus is older, I would agree, but it is functional, safe and effective.

    New fire equipment has been funded at the request of Mayor Miron. Protective eye gear, replacement turn out gear and 36 new portable radios have been ordered for the department. A replacement pumper was purchased and equipped for $197,000 in 2008 as well as funding secured for a rescue pumper. Unfortunately, after repeated requests by the mayor, the Town Council did not provide adequate funding to purchase the badly needed pumper.

    The responsibility for department morale and performance lies with the former leadership of the Fire Department, not with Mayor Miron. They had a responsibility to advocate for the fire service, to set priorities and see that they were funded. However, lack of funding in the past for equipment such as turn out gear and protective eye gear was not an administrative failure but one of Town Council neglect.

    Mayor Miron has restored pride to the fire service by choosing to serve the people of Stratford and the needs of our first responders, not the demands of the public safety unions.

    The negative statements in Assistant Chief Tom Murray’s letter about the Stratford Fire Department are untrue and have cast the department in an awfully bad light. I appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight. It is a pleasure to serve the residents of Stratford and lead this department of dedicated fire professionals.

    James J. Cavanaugh
    Fire Chief
    Stratford

    And today:

    Controversy ignites over Stratford fire truck acquistion
    By Richard Weizel
    STAFF WRITER

    “…Fire Chief James Cavanaugh, Deputy Chief Curtis Maffet and Assistant Chief Dan Ross told council members at a recent meeting that aging fire equipment needs to be replaced immediately, having broken down en route to fires. Officials also have been forced to borrow trucks from surrounding communities to provide back up.”

    Quite a difference from ” it is functional, safe and effective.”

    Does anyone see the problem with a Fire Chief that lies to the public?

    Does anyone see the problem when the Fire Chief slams Fire Department members for speaking the truth?

    This isn’t Waterbury, Mr. Cavanaugh. I think your welcome has expired. We need professionals to protect us and save lives, not political hacks.

  69. 69 1george1

    Why not e-mail to CT. POST – STAR – WICC – NEWS 12 – WTNH?

    After the election and change in his Stratford (boss) Mayor, the
    Fire Chief directly contradicts statements to Town Council, made
    prior to the election!

    I wonder what DDBest/Sudds would blog?

    Yo Mike R,

    Will our new Town Attorney frequent Bishop’s Corner? 😉

  70. 70 jezebel282

    George,

    A Bishop can be more powerful than a rook.

    And I think we’ve been rooked enough.

  71. 71 1george1

    Jeze,

    Right word.
    Correct analysis and projection.

  72. 72 mikereynolds

    I’m sure he will George.

  73. 73 mikereynolds

    The CT Post is reporting again that Mayor Jim Miron won’t approve the purchase of the the two fire trucks.

    If Jim Miron wasn’t so childish and vindictive he would put his personal feelings aside and do what is right for this town.

    Have mistakes been made in the past by the council? Yes. Have mistakes been made by the Mayor? Yes. Now get past it and as his final act as Mayor he can serve the town and provide them a benefit that will last 20 years. By giving the approval to purchase these trucks it would be the best thing Jim Miron ever did for Stratford.

  74. 74 1george1

    Mike,
    If Miron did approve the truck and cut the P.O. under the Ethical
    limit for a certain person to be able to collect a Commission, I
    would be completely surprized.
    Wouldn’t you?

    Why have the mostly Republican Town Councils, with a Fireman on
    them for almost 9 of the past 12 years hold back the purchase of the
    fire truck?

    Could they be smoke screens for certain FOP Pensions?

    Not in Stratford? 😉

  75. 75 jezebel282

    Solution:

    New England Fire Equipment takes it’s finders fee and donates at least half to Sterling House and takes the tax deduction instead.

  76. 76 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “If Jim Miron wasn’t so childish and vindictive”

    After four years you are hoping he acts like a grown up?

    I mean, really…gimme a break. Miron has never acted for benefit of anyone but Miron. He has always been vindictive and hateful. This time it was not only the PD and FD unions that rejected him but the voters as well. This is his payback. Payback is the most important thing to a Miron.

    What Miron really should be mad at are the Administrators and DTC members who told him how smart he was and how he was going to win easily. They only fed his fantasies.

  77. 77 1george1

    Solution:

    New England Fire Equipment takes it’s finders fee and donates at least
    half to Sterling House and takes the tax deduction instead.

    Jeze,
    If there is a knock on your door today, it may be from Pinto
    acting on a tip, there maybe “pot at your home?” 8)
    Did you have a couple batches of brownies before you posted
    the above? 8)

    – –

    What Miron really should be mad at are the Administrators and
    DTC members who told him how smart he was and how he was
    going to win easily. They only fed his fantasies.

    Jimmy actually thought he did a good job and he appears to have
    felt there were people employed in Stratford that did not do a
    good job. At least not doing the job the way he wanted it done.
    > His M. O. on career elimination and capricious patronaged made
    me view his tactics as completely analygous to my USPS experience.
    > Some capable and decent people were innecessarily hurt.
    And the loss of some was causal to a step down for the town.
    > Hires based on politics, even some very capable people, are after
    all based on politics and loyalty to the system and titulatar heads.

    The time table is such where Harkins will benefit from everything
    intentionally held back. Yet those causal to the problems still will
    suck blood from the “stones,” “rocks,” and “pillars” of the community.

  78. 78 ronmoreau

    George,

    “Jimmy actually thought he did a good job and he appears to have
    felt there were people employed in Stratford that did not do a
    good job. At least not doing the job the way he wanted it done.
    > His M. O. on career elimination and capricious patronaged made
    me view his tactics as completely analygous to my USPS experience.
    > Some capable and decent people were innecessarily hurt.
    And the loss of some was causal to a step down for the town.
    > Hires based on politics, even some very capable people, are after
    all based on politics and loyalty to the system and titulatar heads.

    The time table is such where Harkins will benefit from everything
    intentionally held back. Yet those causal to the problems still will
    suck blood from the “stones,” “rocks,” and “pillars” of the community.”

    This is the most articulate and focused thing, that I agree with, I have read on this blog.

  79. 79 ronmoreau

    That you have said.

  80. 80 sylvia67

    I am so happy that Miron lost the election. It is times like this, when Stratford may miss out on a great opportunity, that reminds us why he needed to go. It seems that it cannot be soon enough as he is still able to do damage to our town. What kind of a human being is this two- for-a-nickel attorney? Our Fire Dept. is in serious trouble because of his four years of mismanagement of the department. Now he doesn’t want to leave on positive note making himself even more disliked than before. I strongly urge the council to overrule anything pertaining to what Richard Buturla is stating now in his attempts to obstruct the council’s abilities to do what is best for the town. According to the Charter, Miron is derelict in his duties on multiple counts. Why doesn’t the council censure him and move ahead with the fire equipment deal? Why are we still listening to these lame-ducks? If Miron is not making himself available to sign the necessary paperwork, then an investigation needs to be done to find out what he is doing in town hall behind close doors and still on our dime. I can assure you that a forensic audit of the mayor’s office, town attorney, and other Miron appointees is just the kind disinfectant our town government needs.

  81. 81 rex525

    Stratford officials urge outgoing mayor to sign emergency order for new fire trucks

    By Richard Weizel
    STAFF WRITER
    Updated: 11/23/2009 11:18:29 PM EST

    STRATFORD — Fire officials and the Town Council Monday night urged outgoing Mayor James R. Miron to reconsider his refusal to sign an emergency order for acquisition of two new firetrucks for little more than the price of one — a “bargain deal” they said will likely be lost if the town doesn’t act quickly.

    The problem was, the lame-duck mayor was not present for the second meeting in two weeks involving the emergency order.

    If the deal to obtain the two trucks directly from a national manufacturer for $805,000 falls through, the Fire Department would have to wait at least a year for one new truck that would cost nearly as much as the duo it could buy now, Assistant Fire Chief Dan Ross told council members during a special meeting Monday in Town Hall.

    Miron, who has indicated he will not sign the emergency order because of a reluctance to bypass the competitive bidding process, did not return calls seeking comment.

    While council leaders wanted to declare their own state of emergency to allow purchase of the trucks, Town Attorney Richard Buturla advised them they had no authority to do so under the Town Charter, and that only the mayor could sign an emergency order authorizing purchases of greater than $7,500.

    However, the council did approve a resolution stating that based on its belief an emergency does exist, “we urge Mayor James R. Miron to reconsider his decision not to sign the emergency order.” The council also approved a motion directing Ross to work with the town’s purchasing agent to put together a bid for the firetrucks.

    “We are definitely in an emergency situation and need the trucks, or we are placing the public at great risk,” Ross told the council, in answer to questions by Council Chairman Mike Henrick, R-10 and Minority Leader Alvin O’Neal, D-2. “These new trucks are long overdue, and we need them as soon as possible.”

    Fire Chief James Cavanaugh and Deputy Chief Curtis Maffet told council members at a recent meeting that aging fire equipment needs to be replaced immediately, having broken down en route to fires, and that the department has been forced to borrow trucks from surrounding communities such as Milford, Shelton and even Westport to provide backup.

    “The council should be able to declare an emergency if the mayor is not going to do the right thing and protect the public during an emergency like this,” said O’Neal. “To me, these rules make no sense at all. We’re talking about a very serious situation here, especially when you consider two people died in a fire last month on Kathleen Street who might not have if we had the proper equipment.”

    When Buturla told Councilman Gavin Forrester, R-3, that it was under his chairmanship of a previous Charter Revision Commission that the council was prohibited from summoning council members or the mayor before the panel, Forrester responded, “we were under the impression that any mayor would have the common decency to appear before the council on such an urgent matter to explain (refusal to sign an emergency order).”

    Assistant Fire Chief Tom Murray said afterward that “at least the council is trying to do the right thing.

    “I applaud the courageous actions of this council tonight to do what it takes to protect the citizens of Stratford,” Murray said.

    Council leaders say Miron is also allowing personal animosity toward the fire union, which supported his Republican opponent, Mayor-elect John Harkins, to influence his actions.

    They said the price for the two “demo” trucks that could be bought directly from Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. in Snyder, Neb., for $805,000 also would require another $100,000 to equip the trucks. Fire officials have said one fully equipped truck purchased separately could cost nearly $700,000.

    “It’s appalling that the council provided funding for this truck two years ago, and the administration still hasn’t moved forward to obtain the equipment,” said Henrick.

    Council Parliamentarian Joseph Kubic, R-9, said if Miron doesn’t sign the emergency order, the incoming council would have to approve the resolution again after it is sworn in Dec. 14 at 8 p.m., and Harkins would be required to sign it. “The problem is, this is such a great deal and we have no idea if it will still be available by then.”

    JEZ, I GUESS IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO LEAVE CAVANAUGH AND DEPUTY MOFFET AT HOME LAST NIGHT. I WATCHED THE MEETING ON CHANNEL 79 AND THIS WEEK CHIEF ROSS WAS DIRECT AND TO THE POINT WITHOUT THOSE TWO NEW GUYS CLOUDING THE ISSUE WITH THEIR POLITICS AND DOUBLE TALK LIKE LAST WEEK. HOPEFULLY MAYOR HARKINS WATCHES BOTH MEETINGS AND SEES THOSE BAFOONS FOR WHAT THEY ARE. MIRON HAS CERTAINLY MADE A MESS OF THE FIRE DEPT TOO.

  82. 82 1george1

    FIRE TRUCKS should have been BOUGHT 10 and 5 YEARS AGO.

    I believe this mess is staged! The Headline steering is not a good idea!
    I believe this was unnecessary and Republicans are even MORE to blame
    than their partners … the Mirons / Burturlas.

    I generally agree with Syl, that Stratford would be better off without
    Mirons / Burturlas and there are MANY QUESTIONABLE DECISIONS.

    NOT for a minute do I believe a FORENSIC AUDIT, will NOT be staged and steered.

    In the words of Rich Fredette:
    1 – “This IS Stratford!”
    2 – “Lawyers are all *****!”
    3 – “They (*** ***) are all puppets!”

  83. 83 jezebel282

    An individual suffering from paranoia feels suspicious, and has a sense that other people want to do him or her harm. As a result, the paranoid individual changes his or her actions in response to a world that is perceived as personally threatening. Objective observers may be quite clear on the fact that no one’s words or actions are actually threatening the paranoid individual. The hallmark of paranoia is a feeling of intense distrust and suspiciousness that is not in response to input from anybody or anything in the paranoid individual’s environment.

    Other symptoms of paranoia may include

    * Self-referential thinking: The sense that other people in the world (even complete strangers on the street) are always talking about the paranoid individual.
    * Thought broadcasting: The sense that other people can read the paranoid individual’s mind.
    * Magical thinking: The sense that the paranoid individual can use his or her thoughts to influence other people’s thoughts and actions.
    * Thought withdrawal: The sense that people are stealing the paranoid individual’s thoughts.
    * Thought insertion: The sense that people are putting thoughts into the paranoid individual’s mind.
    * Ideas of reference: The sense that the television and/or radio are specifically addressing the paranoid individual.

    Read more: Paranoia – dose, causes, therapy, withdrawal, drug, person, people, medication, brain, personality, women, health, traits, Definition, Description, Demographics http://www.minddisorders.com/Ob-Ps/Paranoia.html#ixzz0Xs9EI6UO

  84. 84 sylvia67

    Jezebel is the best thing that ever happened to Stratford. She makes the townspeople aware of the goings on and always has the facts so. Thanks Jez, for all you have done for us. You are the very best and keep up the good work. I want the Fire Dept. to note that it won’t belong now when Miron will be out of office and his trouble which just begin. He makes the Democratic Party look so bad and many people refused to vote for him. What he has done to this town is awful, but then again what do you expect from a person who was raised with zero class.

  85. 85 sylvia67

    George is another person who does his homework and I admire him very much. I have checked out many of his issues and he is so right. Thanks George, keep up the good work.
    When you are an honest person it is sometimes very frustrating to live around people who lie, steal, and cheat. George is a very honorable person and speaks the truth.

  86. 86 1george1

    Syl – Thank you –
    Happy Thanksgiving – Shalom

    Jez – Happy Thanksgiving – Shalom

  87. 87 jezebel282

    Update

    Stratford firetruck breaks down on way to call
    By Richard Weizel
    STAFF WRITER
    Updated: 12/04/2009 10:30:15 PM EST

    STRATFORD — The town’s busiest firetruck, Engine 1, out of Fire Headquarters on Main Street, broke down — as it has on several recent occasions — on the way to a structure fire call Sunday morning, further fueling a raging debate between fire officials and council leaders with Mayor James R. Miron about whether there is an “emergency” need for new equipment.

    Council members and fire officials have strongly asserted the need to obtain two new firetrucks for $805,000 — just more than the usual price of one — directly from national manufacturer Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. in Snyder, Neb.

    Meanwhile, the outgoing mayor has steadfastly refused to sign an “emergency order” to bypass the competitive bidding process so the replacement trucks could be ready within 30 days.

    Council leaders in both parties and fire officials say that could jeopardize the deal before Mayor-elect John Harkins takes office Dec. 14.

    Meanwhile, the 2001 Pierce pumper with nearly 78,000 miles, responding to a fire call shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday, stalled on the ramp as it was leaving Fire Headquarters, forcing firefighters to jump onto a fire ladder truck and delaying a second truck’s response by at least three minutes, fire officials said.

    “This is our most highly used firetruck, and having it stall right in the middle of a call is very serious and could have had a disastrous impact,” said Assistant Fire Chief Ellen Murray, who was in charge of the fire crew on the way to the Sunday call. “We had to deploy our men onto the ladder truck, and call for a second truck from another company that is used to hook up to a hydrant. That delayed response time and that’s always a very critical issue.”

    Murray said while in the end the fire call turned out to be a smoky furnace, “with all the concern about the dire need for new equipment, this only puts the public and our firefighters at further risk.” When the Firefighter of the Year says that the public and fellow firefighters are at risk, you tend to believe her.

    Deputy Fire Chief Curtis Maffet said the truck was repaired a short time later, though he added that it has broken down on the way to other calls, forcing the town to borrow trucks from surrounding communities. “It was a breakdown, which is always a big concern, and we certainly have a need for new trucks,” Maffet said. Maffet, no comment from your boss? Is he hiding in his office? I would, if I were him. Oh wait…I don’t lie to the public. Never mind.

    In fact, Fire Union President Bill Hansen, who was also part of the fire battalion dispatched that day, said Engine 1 has broken down on several occasions and the problem has not yet been diagnosed.

    “When we get into that truck we never know if it is going to make it to the scene or not,” Hansen said.

    Among the backup equipment is a 1979 vehicle that also often breaks down, Hansen added.

    Hansen blasted the outgoing mayor for declining to sign an emergency order requested twice by the Town Council for the two new trucks, disputing Miron’s assertion in a statement posted this week on the town’s Web site that there is ” ‘no emergency’ and our law regarding public bidding ought to be followed. Stratford’s public officials, both present and future, must act cautiously here. For the above mentioned reasons, I will not sign the ’emergency’ order to purchase new firetrucks by circumventing the legally required bidding process.” Mostly because you lost by a humiliating margin and this is your revenge. Did you put out bids before you gave contracts to Heather?

    Hansen also said the mayor’s assertion that the trucks would not be rescue trucks is “completely unfounded and untrue.”

    But council leaders and fire officials strongly disagree. “We are definitely in an emergency situation and need the trucks, or we are placing the public at great risk,” Assistant Chief Dan Ross told the council recently.
    “When we get into that truck we never know if it is going to make it to the scene or not.” Bill Hansen Fire Union president.

    And what does Chief Cavanaugh tell the public?

    One more time just in case anyone forgot:

    “Chief rebuts Fire Department allegations
    Updated: 10/28/2009 04:14:38 PM EDT

    In response to the letter written by Stratford Assistant Fire Chief Tom Murray, I would like to set the record straight with the truth.

    Mayor James Miron and his administration understand and appreciate the importance of securing and maintaining quality fire equipment for the protection of our community and our firefighters.

    As fire chief for the Stratford Fire Department, I want to assure town residents that they are safe and protected. We have the finest and best-trained firefighters in the state operating with a system that puts them at the scene of an incident within minutes of every call. Our current apparatus is older, I would agree, but it is functional, safe and effective…..

    …The negative statements in Assistant Chief Tom Murray’s letter about the Stratford Fire Department are untrue and have cast the department in an awfully bad light.”

    This statement is just disgusting and reprehensible. Cavanaugh has decided that politics and his own career are much more important than the safety of the public and the honor of his men and women. His tendency is to smile, provide a slap on the back and reassure his staff that he’ll take care of whatever they want while nothing at all happens. But lies just don’t cut it when the safety of the public is at stake, Mr. Cavanugh. It is not your job to make everyone feel good until they lose their property or lives.

    (By the way, where’s the boots, turn out gear and gas tanks, Cavanaugh? Have you even ordered them yet?)

  88. 88 sylvia67

    We need Ellen Murray for Fire Chief as she is the very best and is most qualified for that position. Her husband Tom is also extremely bright and spent lots of time in my home when he was a little boy. I adore him as I do Ellen. Why should we not promote people from within, especially with their qualifications? I can’t wait for the 14th! But I’m afraid that Miron and his administration have done lasting damage to the town, which will take a lot of work to clean-up. The lawsuits he caused and those yet to be filed alone may go on for years. You would have to be pretty desperate to use him as an attorney.

  89. 89 phineast

    Sylvia- I would not have chosen the word desperate–I would use the word ignorant…or is it ignoramus….. 😉

  90. 90 sylvia67

    phineast on December 5, 2009 said:

    Sylvia- I would not have chosen the word desperate–I would use the word ignorant…or is it ignoramus….. 😉

    phineast,
    You are right I guess I was trying to be nice, but being ignorant fits this picture lots better. Miron never made so much money as an attorney as he made these past four years. Now maybe Berchem, Moses, and Devlin will hire him after all he gave then thousands of dollars worth of our business that should have gone to a firm in our own community who pays taxes here.

  91. 91 greghousemd

    On the similar topic. My friend just informed me that:

    Out of 5 Stratford EMS Ambulances, 3 of them are down for repair.

    Leaving the town being covered with the 2 oldest Ambulances.

    60% of the Town’s Ambulance Fleet doesn’t work. Just so happens its the 3 Newest Ambulances that don’t work.

  92. 92 jezebel282

    Greg,

    “Out of 5 Stratford EMS Ambulances, 3 of them are down for repair.”

    It’s that darned “bidding process” I tell you.

    All Town bids should go to Heather Habelka. That way we would get the equipment immediately.

  93. 93 phineast

    Why has Donna Best remained so very silent over this?? You would think she would be screaming from the roof top.

  94. 94 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “Why has Donna Best remained so very silent over this??”

    Guess: She doesn’t want Miron to delay the new EMS building?

    You’d have to ask her or Gavin Forrester, technically he’s STILL a Councilman. (It just never ends does it, Gavin?)

  95. 95 greghousemd

    Phineast,

    from what im told, Ms. Best has consistently reported at the public safety meetings.”there is no problem with the ambulance fleet”, however it is not unusual to have 3 or more of the ambulances broken. According to public safety reports, MR. Forrester requested all the info regarding the ambulance servicing since 2005. All of the Newer purchased ambulances, after 05′ have had numerous critical failures such as shutting off and losing all power steering while responding to calls.

    My source tells me:

    1) There is no preventative maintenance being done. (Things are only serviced when broken) Vehicle issues get written up and ignored for weeks on end.
    2) There is no vehicle rotation, the newest trucks get used constantly and the older ones sit and collect dust.
    3) EMS is waiting for delivery of a new ambulance this week, but its money from the budget over 2 years ago.

    What is very troubling is that my friend tells me that FORD has discontinued their diesel van line as of 12/31/09. This particular diesel is the backbone of all the EMS Ambulances. The department is not using the money from the 09 budget to purchase another one because “They want to make sure the “new ambulance is good quality”. So basically they will miss the boat on FORD and will have to respec EVERYTHING again, with a completely new manufacturer of the van front.

  96. 96 jezebel282

    Greg,

    So that leaves residents with an undependable EMS, Fire Department and a demoralized Police Department?

    Holy smokes!

  97. 97 greghousemd

    Jez,

    Its always the little things that get over looked, everyday when I come home I am shocked to hear how bad things are at EMS. EMS, like the other public safety departments do an invaluable service to the town, and then I come on the blog and see that EMS is just as bad as PD and FD with management and working conditions. Its just terrible that these departments are forced to work under such terrible conditions thanks to management.

    Its just good that a blog such as this can bring some of these things to light.

  98. 98 jezebel282

    Greg,

    “Its just good that a blog such as this can bring some of these things to light.”

    Although to be fair, a friend of mine recently had cause to dial 911. Within seconds (literally) the FD was there and several moments later EMS. Without such a response there would be one less resident of Stratford today.

    So what?

    It means that despite the mismanagement of the last four years, somehow we have managed to keep dedicated and talented members of our emergency services. When we think of the rank & file of EMS, the PD and the FD we must also remember that no matter what conditions the mayor or council have imposed on them they remain dedicated to doing their jobs and protecting us.

    They deserve the quality leadership their efforts warrant.

  99. 99 greghousemd

    Jez,

    Thanks to the Rank of File indeed, management from top to bottom has been terrible the last 4 years.

    Glad to hear your friend survived.

  100. 100 sudds

    What level of management hasn’t been terrible in this town for the last 4 years???

  101. 101 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “What level of management hasn’t been terrible in this town for the last 4 years???”

    Umm…

    Err…

    Ahem….

    Gimme a minute, willya?

  102. 102 ronmoreau

    Jez,

    The recreation department, under the leadership of Ms. Pat Patuski comes to mind.

  103. 103 greghousemd

    I Second That Ron!

  104. 104 jezebel282

    Now if we could just get rid of Bob Connolly, Tony Ross and Ted Spivak from the Commission we can put the 8th tee back where it belongs and eliminate the golf “pro” saving $30,000+ per year.

  105. 105 sudds

    It’s the middle of December, so please forgive my ignorance… but,

    is the 8th tee one where you have to walk BACK along the hole you just played in order to get to the tee box??? (and how has no one not dies yet at that cluster-&*$% of a situation???)

  106. 106 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “is the 8th tee one where you have to walk BACK along the hole you just played in order to get to the tee box???”

    Yup, that’s the one. Hopefully, no one tee’s off from the 7th after you’ve put the flag back in and start walking back…

    It got moved from a nice safe location to the idiotic place it is now. Of course, anyone standing in the tee box could have been hit by someone teeing off on the 7th hole so they had to add a 30 foot fence. Had they put that fence along the street….

    But hey, Connolly gets what Connolly wants. It’s only our money. I’m sure we’re getting our money’s worth with the higher fees to pay for the golf pro. He even said “hi” to me once. Or was it just a nod? Maybe he was nodding off?

  107. 107 sylvia67

    I want the signs removed from across this town that Jimmy Miron had put up when he won as mayor. They don’t even make any sense “Offering more from forest to shore.” I like the signs we had much better “A town for all Seasons. I hope John removes these even though Miron’s friend made money on this. Too bad that the council didn’t speak up loud and clear. Our council people have power and they should use it otherwise we should do away with the council also. I expect my council person to act in our best interest and if not then perhaps term limits must be the answer and I am very much against that also.

  108. 108 jezebel282

    Syl,

    I am sure the guys in Public Works just can’t wait to scratch off Miron’s name from those signs. I don’t think they’ll care even if McCarthy doesn’t want them to.

  109. 109 phineast

    Jez- I bet the guys don’t give a rat’s rear end what Mo wants. I wouldn’t be shocked to see that they have already begun the task.. I heard rumor that every time a sign with Miron’s name on it has been damaged in the last couple of months they unintentionally delayed the repairs so they could get his name off it, cause they knew he was going to lose.
    Syl- Lots of people hate the “branding ” that Heather and Miron did to Stratford. Personally the slogan isn’t bad, unless you have it under the picture- this is when it looks like a dyslexic disaster. The picture is awful-all it shows is the “great divide” in town of lollipops. Personally- I like the Town Seal and wouldn’t be adverse to “A Town for All Seasons, Offering More from Forest to Shore.” After all we paid a fortune for that stupid slogan, the picture, the stationary….the consulting fees……the consulting fees…..the consulting fees……
    Ron- you are completely correct about the rec dept.
    Greg- you are also correct about the little things being overlooked. Lots of little things eventually make a really big problem-like we have now. One thing I won’t over look is I want to THANK ALL the EMS volunteers for the dedicated service they provide to this community. We appreciate your time, your wisdom. and your passion for helping others. You all are one of this community’s greatest assets and the residents can’t thank you all enough.

  110. 110 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “I wouldn’t be shocked to see that they have already begun the task”

    I could have sworn I saw some guys in the PW Parking lot prepping an extremely large cauldron. Next to it looked like a truck delivering tar. I wonder what the truck from the chicken farm was doing there…

    I was told they were providing “special” transportation for Miron after Harkins was sworn in.

  111. 111 phineast

    If the situation weren’t so desperately pathetic, I’d be rotflmao. A high ranking member of the FD offered to “turn up the heat” under the tar to make a lasting impression on the recipient..j/k(or maybe not…heat gets turned up in may ways-like when you talk to the “heat”…remember that Jimmy)

  112. 112 jezebel282

    Phin,

    Speaking of high ranking…here’s another one:

    Chief Cavanaugh has been spending more time in Town Hall the past couple of weeks than Mayor Moron.

    Perhaps that’s why nobody knew what was going on when PW Director McCarthy sent a couple of boys over to the Firehouse and just took Engine 1. How much are you willing to bet McCarthy calls the Post or the Star in a day or two and says, “See? Nothing was wrong with it. It just needed…ummm…air in the tires. Yeah, that’s it, air.” as he shreds the thousands of dollars worth of OT and parts documentation.

    It’s amazing how quickly news spreads when no one has respect for you, right chiefs?

    Is it Monday yet?

    Editor’s note: Don’t miss Buturla’s latest feeble attempt and covering his butt: see update at https://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/it-aint-over-till-its-over/

  113. 113 phineast

    Jez- I agree that these clowns are feeble- attempts at human beings.
    I just read the dissected version of the PD report and Lo’s unregistered car and the “attempted” prosecution of more officers on the union site. Do you think this investigation can be categorized as a deliberate misuse of public funds? If yes, is it criminal or civil? Should we call the CSP to investigate or just sue these jerks that participated in an investigation of a what is actually a personal matter. It seems to me that when Buturla chose to go along with this he condoned the use of public funds for personal use. I fine the documentation that he submitted again conflicted, flimsy and unethical as he was investigating his own case with tax dollars and trying to steer the outcome. Seems to me that it is time that we the citizens again say to these jerks “we are mad as hell and we are not going to take it any more” and this is what we are going to do–we will get each of you-legally. Bye bye pension…….
    Seems to me the CSP are going to catch some flack over this too. They are “supposed” to know better. They have their own illegality issues with that missing case number and cronyism etc……..shame shame shame.. whatcha ya gonna do when they come for you-bad boys…..
    And the the town attorney’s letter………………talk about an ethics complaint–I suggest that the officers that were targeted file ethics complaints against the TA, Chief, Former DC, and all who participated in the investigation…especially since a precedent was already set by the chief on another vehicle….while is the Lo vehicle “special”? Is it because they let an epileptic officer drive it? or is it because the dc feels he is above the law and should never be questioned?? Just curious.
    PD union-file a complaint! Most of the documentation is already on your web site–just a couple more pieces and bingo-a spring board to giving them the slap that they deserve.

  114. 114 1george1

    Phin hit nail on the head.

    Each just have to step back and everyone will realize many were gamed.
    Many were entrapped.
    The rotten apples infected the reputation of the crop.

    Suggest everyone get “clift note” copies of
    (Machiavelli’s) “The Prince”
    and
    “Plato’s Republic”
    and
    “The Federalist Papers”

    Understand the base nature of what lawyers. politician, war college
    study and how they think in terms of political science, and understand
    they have end games which include throwing everyone under the bus.

    Clift notes breaks out high lights and low lights of what they pervert.

    What is starting to happen in the USA is because too many people
    took the easy way out, and looked the other way for what?

    Quid pro Quo.

    Too many people have a price, which others exploit, and then … you know

  115. 115 phineast

    just call me the hammer……………… 😉

  116. 116 ddbess

    Why was WFSB Channel 3 visiting the firehouse & Public Works today?

    Check why for yourself. The fire chief looks very uncomfortable talking on camera, something to hide maybe?

    http://www.wfsb.com/video/21901862/index.html

  117. 117 jezebel282

    ddbess,

    LMFAO!

    “The fire chief looks very uncomfortable talking on camera, something to hide maybe?”

    Thank you for posting that. I needed a laugh. He agrees with Mayor Moron that the Town should go through the yearlong bidding process AND he agrees that it’s dangerous to have trucks break down. In fact, he agrees with everyone. The only trouble is that not everyone can be right, Cavanaugh. Having no trucks that work kind of increases the risk. What’s the plan? Everyone shows up at a fire in their own car with their own buckets?

    And what is Cavanugh’s real position one more time?

    Chief rebuts Fire Department allegations
    Updated: 10/28/2009 04:14:38 PM EDT

    “As fire chief for the Stratford Fire Department, I want to assure town residents that they are safe and protected.”
    Gee, we feel real assured now that you’ve said that.

    “Our current apparatus is older, I would agree, but it is functional, safe and effective.”
    We’ll bet it is plenty functional as long as you don’t have to drive it anywhere.

    “New fire equipment has been funded at the request of Mayor Miron. Protective eye gear, replacement turn out gear and 36 new portable radios have been ordered for the department.”
    Really? Where are they being made? North Korea? Where the hell are they, Cavanaugh?

    “The responsibility for department morale and performance lies with the former leadership of the Fire Department, not with Mayor Miron.”
    You’re kidding, right? You’re really trying to blame Jay Cybart and Ron Natrass? You’ve been there almost a year and you still have no responsibility? What are you being paid for?

    “Mayor Miron has restored pride to the fire service by choosing to serve the people of Stratford and the needs of our first responders, not the demands of the public safety unions.”
    Yeah, what do people who join a union know about fighting fires and using equipment? Just because they risk their lives? Speaking of pride…is that why they backed Harkins because Miron restored pride in the department? Tell us what “need” did Miron respond to? Did you let him turn on the siren and lights?

    “The negative statements in Assistant Chief Tom Murray’s letter about the Stratford Fire Department are untrue”
    Did you apologize to Assistant Chief Murray yet or are you going to stand by your lies?

    Make no mistake. The qualities of leadership and management vary from person to person. Some are simply better at it than others. Every organization deals with that and takes steps to improve it. The one thing you cannot address is lying. Once you lie (and in Cavanaugh’s case, that is often) you cannot regain your credibility. No one can tell when you’re lying again for your own benefit. It’s just easier to tell the truth even if it’s bad news. At least the problem is defined and the appropriate solution can be developed.

    Oh! There is that other thing; Firemen are not supposed to lie!

  118. 118 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “talk about an ethics complaint”

    For some reason I am less shocked that Buturla would lie so stupidly.

    The letter from the State’s Attorney clearly states that multiple officers were targeted. Yet Buturla insists that he was only trying to persecute O’Meara. How dumb is that? O’Meara was out of the department because of his injury. It’s not like he would get in his car at night, drive to Stratford, take a picture of Loschiavo’s illegally parked car then walk into to the PD and run the plate. Now that’s crazy.

    It just doesn’t make sense unless you accept the fact that Buturla has the same disease as Miron; vengeance is the most important thing, he’s never wrong and it’s always someone else fault.

    I expect that there will be much more documentation to come.

    Oh! And “Chief” Buturla? Have you updated your resume lately?

  119. 119 rex525

    OMG, thanks ddbess. At the council meeting I was getting mixed impressions on Cavanaugh whether he was a bully or a stooge. Now it makes sense, he appears to be a frightened little yes man who would do or say whatever he is told. Now it appears he doesn’t know which master to serve. It’s no wonder Miron hired him, he looked absolutely pathetic, without a shred of credibility. Nationwide search? For what? The perfect kiss up? If Cavanaugh is still around I think Mayor Harkins can bank on a $2000 campaign contribution next election. I pray that he isn’t.

  120. 120 phineast

    stooge=frightened yes man….if it weren’t so dangerous it would be funny.

  121. 121 1george1

    Phin,

    Miron was not 100 % wrong about some personnel and the past,
    nor about Stratford’s History of nepotism and abuses.

    However, his actions and some of his appointments were sooo bad
    they give patronage, nepotism, and graft a bad name.

    There are many exceptional to good people within the various town
    departments and I prefer PROFESSIONALS to VOLUNTEERS.

    GOOD PAY – GOOD BENEFITS – GOOD (but responsible) PENSIONS.

    I am against ABUSE!
    I favor responsible USE!

  122. 122 phineast

    George, the above post (#121) is the best thing you have ever written. I agree with you-the good hires during the Miron term were not made directly by him nor did he influence them, the bad hires are all the people that he had a direct “manipulation” in hiring. Miron has never had nor will he ever have good judgment in my humble opinion, which is why those hire by his direct and tainted influence need to go-starting with his “cabinet”.

  123. 123 1george1

    Phin
    Great minds think alike.

    Don’t worry, I will find a way to muck up future posts. 😉

    Actually Phin, I think you would conceed that there were “some”
    very qualifed and very nice people among “some” of Miron’s hires.

    I do not know ALL of those MIRONS / BURTURLA had direct influence on.
    We definitely agree on some.

    I also think you would conceed some hire that MIRON / BURTURLA or
    even the B UTTER NUTS were involved with …. uh .. uh .. lacked.

    I never met a perfect person.
    Especially the fat guy in the mirror.
    I am not sure if I met Jeze? 😉 8)

  124. 124 phineast

    George- I said that the bad hires(in my opinion) are the ones that Miron had a hand in manipulating things to get them in.–you know the ones—–by now I shouldn’t have to name dept. head names or (or their children) they have been the butt of discussion and the bane of the town’s existence since they arrived….nuff said.
    When politics and nepotism influence the hiring process it is always a bad hire, no matter who the leader is or was. The problem with several of the Miron hires is that they were such bad decisions that the town is going to suffer fall out from it to the tune of an epic magnitude, and for a long time. There is nothing that many of us would like to do more than to go back and erase Miron and his negative effect on Stratford but they don’t make erasers that big.
    No one is perfect, correct-but Miron is the first person that I have ever met that has been so wrong on so may levels so much of the time that is hard to believe.
    3 more days. the real work has begun and will go full throttle in 3 days, there really is a light at the end of the tunnel……………and disinfectant…….

  125. 125 ddbess

    I heard on my scanner sounds like Stratford had yet another fatal fire tonight AND Engine 4 was taken out of service. I made a few phone calls to find out what happened to the truck, it was taken out because a bad antifreeze leak from a split hose. This is due to the fleet getting tired, NOT because of the town’s mechanic. I hear he does a great job. Mayor Harkins, we need NEW TRUCKS as soon as possible!

  126. 126 jezebel282

    ddbess,

    “I heard on my scanner sounds like Stratford had yet another fatal fire tonight AND Engine 4 was taken out of service.”

    If this is true, our FD is incapable of saving lives and property because they are ill equipped for the job.

    It is apparent the Cavanaugh has not only lied to the public but continues to lie to his own department. Not only do we not have two new fire engines, our fighter fighters continue to be without boots, turn out gear, air tanks and radios.
    (Remember, both Miron and Cavanaugh claimed these were ordered in October.)

    It is one thing to arrest the best officers in the police department and destroy their morale, it is another thing to…well…plain old lie about everything while your department is doing everything they can to save us.

  127. 127 mikereynolds

    So what are the chances that Jim Miron shows up in Town Hall tomorrow?

    Also, I’m making a prediction. Tomorrow, once John Harkins is sworn in, he will sign the emergency order and get those two firetrucks ordered.

  128. 128 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “So what are the chances that Jim Miron shows up in Town Hall tomorrow?”

    Slim or none. It would take maturity.

    “Tomorrow, once John Harkins is sworn in, he will sign the emergency order and get those two firetrucks ordered.”

    I would be surprised if a couple of Firefighters (not Cavanaugh. Everything is just peachy according to him.) weren’t at the swearing in with the necessary paperwork to order the trucks.

  129. 129 jezebel282

    ddbess,

    “I heard on my scanner sounds like Stratford had yet another fatal fire tonight AND Engine 4 was taken out of service. I made a few phone calls to find out what happened to the truck, it was taken out because a bad antifreeze leak from a split hose.”

    Not that I doubted you, but I have confirmed this is absolutely true.

    Is that 7 souls that have perished in Stratford this year?

    And Cavanaugh continues to lie….

  130. 130 phineast

    We are getting the trucks! Harkins declared an emergency-in office less than 10 minutes an he has already done more good than Miron’s 4 years.

  131. 131 1george1

    Fire Trucks could have been bought 5 + 10 years ago.

    Easily could have been bought 2 years and even easier
    each of the 2 prior years.

    All of those deaths are on those 2 Town Councils and Miron.

    The emergency declaration is a phoney.
    Trucks could have been leased, until purchased for $ 200 k.
    I have been told same found on net.
    I await being proven wrong

  132. 132 jezebel282

    Fire Chief James Cavanaugh:

    Oct 28th:

    “As fire chief for the Stratford Fire Department, I want to assure town residents that they are safe and protected.”
    “Our current apparatus is older, I would agree, but it is functional, safe and effective.”

    Dec 14th

    “Fire Chief James Cavanaugh advised him that “the condition of our current trucks poses a grave threat to public safety, and is, indeed an emergency.””

    I just have a problem with liars.

  133. 133 phineast

    Bitter, eh, George?
    The emergency declaration is getting us 2 trucks for just slightly more than the cost of one. You are right that a truck could have and should have been previously purchased-but they were not. Trucks could have been leased, but they were not. It is time to move forward from the horrific mistakes of the past, including Miron as mayor, and move forward into doing what is right just because it is right. Even Miron did the right thing in his first day in the private sector-he stayed home from the ceremony-if he had shown up while in other circumstances it would have been the correct thing to do, his behavior since losing has been reprehensible right up to the last second with the door locks-so it was a really good thing that he stayed home.

  134. 134 1george1

    Phin,

    PAYOLA is PAYOLA.

    The days of the BROWN PAPER BAG never left Stratford.
    They just changed the vehicles, similar to the BIG OIL
    and BANKS transferring Wealth from the people to them.

    At some point in the not too distant future, the BIG FISH
    with insatiable appetites and NO loyalty to local politics
    are likely to turn to remaining people with money….

  135. 135 jezebel282

    Update:

    Applause is deserved for Assistant Chief Dan Ross for his relentless follow up of this project. (When you do it at work it’s called “follow up”, when you do it at home it’s called “nagging”.)

    Stratford OKs bids for gear for new firetrucks
    By Meg Barone, Correspondent
    Published: 04:34 a.m., Monday, February 1, 2010

    STRATFORD — The town’s purchasing agent has signed the last of several orders for fire tools and equipment that will outfit two new firetrucks delivered three weeks ago.

    Purchasing Agent Michael Bonner signed several orders for the gear in the last two weeks, with the final one going out Wednesday.

    The purchase orders went to a handful of companies including New England Apparatus in North Haven, which was awarded the winning bids on hoses for $22,700 and general equipment for $30,827. Five Star Fire, an East Hartford company, had the winning bid of $15,224 for thermal imaging equipment, and Jaws of Life equipment was ordered from Firematic in Rocky Hill for $14,459, through a state contract. Smaller orders went out for radios for $2,900 and miscellaneous equipment for $5,000.

    Assistant Fire Chief Daniel Ross said incidental purchases for hand tools, such as wrenches and screw drivers, were made at the local Home Depot, which, he said, gave the Fire Department a discount.

    The Town Council voted unanimously on Jan. 11 to appropriate the necessary funding for such equipment, not to exceed $100,000. Bonner said the purchase orders totaled $94,513.

    The council’s action came on the heels of Mayor John A. Harkins’ authorization for the emergency purchase of the two fire vehicles on his first day in office last December. The trucks, both demonstrator models, cost the town $805,000, slightly more than the cost for one truck.

    As the Fire Department awaits the new equipment, fire crews are training on the new trucks, according to Ross, who also serves as chairman of the Fire Department’s Apparatus Committee. Ross said a service representative from New England Apparatus has visited fire crews on three of the four shifts to go over the new trucks and their controls, which are different from a current reserve truck that dates back to 1979.

    The pumps are basic, but slightly different from those the firefighters are used to, so Ross said the crews are practicing with them. Ross said they are also becoming familiar with an emissions-control system that one of the trucks has.

    Once all of the equipment is delivered, Ross expects it will take about two weeks to outfit the firetrucks.

    Now, Chief Cavanaugh, about those radios and boots you claimed were ordered back in October…..

  136. 136 1george1

    Jeze,

    I do not disagree Fire Trucks were needed.

    Please give me your OPINION as to WHY these FIRE TRUCKS
    A) Were NOT BOUGHT when Stamford Fireman James Feehan (owner of
    New Englan Fire Apparatus) was Town Council Chairman 2005 – 2007
    B) Were NOT BOUGHT when Stamford Fireman James Feehan (owner of
    New Englan Fire Apparatus) replaced Jameson Scott’s 2nd year of his term
    2004-2005
    C) Were NOT BOUGHT when Stamford Fireman James Feehan (owner of
    New Englan Fire Apparatus) was 6 year Town Councilor 1997 – 2003

    I am a little unsure of the exact years. However Stamford Fireman
    James Feehan (owner of New Englan Fire Apparatus) was
    > a 6 year Town Councilor, skipped a little over a year
    (legally (?) circumventing Term Limits,)
    > finished Jameson Scott’s 2nd year of his term
    > Was elected Town Councilor and appointed Town Council Chairman

    ———-

    FYI –
    I have worked in Sales and Marketing more than once for Manufacturers.
    Wholesalers and Distributors like New England Fire control pricing.
    I 100 % believe the 2 FIRE TRUCKS are grossly over priced and PAYOLA.

    An anonymous (bloggers can identify with) source claims the Fire Trucks
    really cost range of $ 400,000 total with $ 400,000 profit or 1/10 of 1 MIL.

    Jeze, hypothetically, do you favor paying $ 805,000 in a NO BID situation
    for 2 FIRE TRUCKS which may (or may not) really cost $ 405,000?

    What would the Fire Department motive “possibly be?”

    Check Mayor Miron’s PROPOSED BUDGET and the JAMES FEEHAN Council
    ADOPTED BUDGET of 2008 (maybe 2007?)

    FIRE DEPARTMENT
    $ 5,455,000 Approved BUDGETED STRAIGHT TIME
    $ 1,550,000 Approved BUDGETED OVER TIME

    Jeze, hypothetically, do you believe:
    1 – James Miron + James Feehan did not appear to work together?
    2 – James Miron + James Feehan Town Council did not appear to work together?
    3 – The James Miron + James Feehan Town Council did not appear to work for the benefit of the FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL
    4 – James Miron + his appointee Chief Cybart did not have a NEED to CREATE
    a PUBLIC PERCEPTION
    A) They did not work together on the Fire Trucks from NE FIRE
    B) They both worked against the Fire Trucks from NE FIRE

    This is a direct challenge to your beliefs and I am hoping your integrity
    will again show up, as it has in the past, when directly challenged, as
    YOU ARE the most responsive and active blogger,

    Sorry Phin or others, Jeze is # 1 – I am # 2 on being blog active.

  137. 137 1george1

    Minor consolation Jeze,

    I agree with you on Fire Chief Cavanaugh, Police Chief Burturla, Public Works
    head Maurice McCarthy and some others.

    Conversely:
    I like Sue Collier, John Norko, Bruce Allessie and certain others.
    I disagree with their politics and their choice of certain friends.

    Ultimate disagreement:
    It really does not matter who the H. R. Director is.
    The personnel are chosen by person or people outside of Stratford.

  138. 138 jezebel282

    George,

    “Jeze, hypothetically, do you favor paying $ 805,000 in a NO BID situation
    for 2 FIRE TRUCKS which may (or may not) really cost $ 405,000?”

    There is enough for me to do with REAL circumstances instead of hypothetical ones.

    At some point you just have to take people’s word for things. It is the quality of those words that matter.

    There are people whom I would take their word on anything and there are people who’s word is worthless. Life teaches you the difference.

  139. 139 1george1

    Jeze,
    Would you like the phone number for SMEAL, the Manufacturer?

    What if some time in the future, I send PRICES of 2008 FIRE TRUCKS
    BASED on the SPECS as bought?

    Jeze,
    If my numbers are far closer than the numbers your friends have told you,
    that would be a sad life lesson for you, wouldn’t it?

    Jeze,
    I try to get confirmation on things.

    Sad example, was Stephany Phillips stood up in front of everyone in Dec
    Town Council Meeting and said Councilor Emma Brooks was Hospitalized
    due to a car accident.
    1 – Emma Brooks was Hospitalized
    2 – Emma Brooks was Hospitalized in a car accident, year before

    I spoke to Emma, recently. Emma Brooks was Hospitalized in Dec due to
    Pneumonia + H1N1 Virus.

    After the Dec Town Council Meeting I told a very close friend of Emma’s
    Stephany Phillips stood up in front of everyone in Dec Town Council
    Meeting and said Councilor Emma Brooks was Hospitalized due to a car
    accident.

    Within a week I knew what Stephany told everyone was a LIE!

    My questions were/are did Stephany know the TRUTH?
    Was Stephany INTENTIONALLY LYING?
    Or
    Did someone set up Stephany (NOT know the TRUTH) to look like a LIAR
    and or a FOOL or BOTH?

  140. 140 1george1

    I applaud Tony Ross for his work on the WW II Monument.

    Tony Ross and his wife are very, very close friends of Dick Miron.
    Tony will be proud to tell you that, as he has told me.
    Believe it or not, I can completely understand.

    Dan Ross is Tony’s son and a fine Fireman, who I am sure is professional
    when it comes to fighting fires.
    Dan questioned me after I raised my hand in (mock vote no) when the
    Town Council voted on buying the Fire Trucks

    I told Dan the same thing I told Mayor Harkins and post here.
    I believe the Fire Trucks are Payola for Fire Department Budget and
    Pension issues.

    I told Dan the same thing I told Mayor Harkins and post here.
    I believe the Fire Trucks could have been bought ANY of the 9 years
    James Feehan was on the Town Council and the Emergency is a LIE
    to circumvent the BID PROCESS.

    Further, most people in town KNOW it.

  141. 141 jezebel282

    George,

    “Dan Ross is Tony’s son and a fine Fireman, who I am sure is professional
    when it comes to fighting fires.”

    Assistant Chief Ross is one of those individuals who’s word I would take about anything. The same is true for Lt. John Conway, although I hear he is a Republican.

    We are blessed with the finest Assistant Fire Chiefs in the State. I know Asst Chief Ellen Murray will bust her butt doing even the most simple of tasks.

  142. 142 1george1

    Jeze,

    Since you are an ex-D, it is no surprize you name 2 key union people
    and the wife of a 3rd, as friends.

    A union rep’s job is to get the best possible deal for the membership.
    Honest government is supposed to make sure we have a quality and
    professional working force with good pay, benefits, and pensions.

    I prefer professionals to volunteers.

    An exception is an excellent renoun Aand proven volunteer EMS

    Unfortunately in Stratford the comingling of union, management,
    and politics, has made it where peoples integrity are in question,
    doing it to themselves, where greed has run wild ….

    Then that raises questions and concerns related to professional
    duties and fiduciary obligations, because the R have been worse
    than the D, who have been horrible, with neither repping the
    Public Interest, only themselves.

  143. 143 jezebel282

    George,

    “Since you are an ex-D, it is no surprize you name 2 key union people
    and the wife of a 3rd, as friends.”

    Sigh…sometimes there really is nothing there when you look. Asst Chief Ross has been dedicated and relentless in his pursuit of adequate firefighting equipment. His testimony before the Council was forthright, knowledgeable and honest. What more can you ask? LT. Conway used to be Captain Conway and was in charge of training. Until Miron eliminated that position. He is still one of the most knowledgeable Firefighters in the State and commands the respect of his fellow firefighters. Asst Chief Ellen Murray was named Firefighter of the Year. Obviously, she is just as dedicated to her job. It has nothing to do with union representation, affiliation or marriage. These are simply highly trained and dedicated professionals.

    As for the 3rd you refer to, if I were in a union and putting it out there every day, I would want Tom Murray representing me. In fact, if I were a taxpayer (hey wait a minute! I AM!) I would want Murray on the other side of the table as well.

    Oh…and I am NOT an Ex-D. I strayed in one election because the Democratic Town Committee has abandoned the DNC and only represents cronyism. There is absolutely nothing that attracts me to the Republican National Party.

  144. 144 sudds

    Oh come on Jez!

    You don’t support President Bush’s operating of Guantanemo Bay, tax cuts for the rich, expanded troops in the middle east, expansion of nuclear energy, etc, etc, etc???

    Oh wait… did I say Bush… I meant President Obama’s support for these items!!! 😛

  145. 145 1george1

    “Oh…and I am NOT an Ex-D. I strayed in one election because the Democratic Town Committee has abandoned the DNC and only represents cronyism.
    There is absolutely nothing that attracts me to the Republican National Party.”

    > NATIONWIDE to LOCAL the D + R have abandoned the people.
    I respect FDR – D + LINCOLN – R
    The animals are running the farm….!
    Some are more equal than others …!
    Liberty and Justice for ..some!
    USA has become a DYSTOPIAN OILogarchy – Oligarcy – Plutocracy – Esquirachy

    “As for the 3rd you refer to, if I were in a union and putting it out
    there every day, I would want Tom Murray representing me.”

    AGREED 100 %
    Get the best possible deal, as a union rep.
    Protect rights and members.

    “In fact, if I were a taxpayer (hey wait a minute! I AM!)
    I would want Murray on the other side of the table as well.”

    I respect Tom as a Professional Fire Fighter.
    The ENTIRE PENSION BOARDS since BURTURLA was Town Council Chair
    do NOT represent the Taxpayers’ BEST INTEREST.

    “Asst Chief Ross has been dedicated and relentless in his pursuit of
    adequate firefighting equipment.”

    DAN wants and deserves BETTER than adequate.

    “His testimony before the Council was
    forthright,
    knowledgeable
    and honest.”

    I WOULD NOT DISAGREE with KNOWLEDGEABLE.
    There is a difference between the truth and whole truth …
    In my opinion the Fire Trucks were PAYOLA.
    However, the decision was Harkins + Bishop + Council.
    Yet predicated on what everyone would hope would be …

    LT. Conway used to be Captain Conway and was in charge of training.
    Until Miron eliminated that position.
    He is still one of the most knowledgeable Firefighters in the State
    and commands the respect of his fellow firefighters.

    I can BELIEVE: Captain Conway isone of the most knowledgeable Firefighters
    in the State and commands the respect of his fellow firefighters.
    As former UNION President or Rep … his position as advocate is very
    similar to Tom Murray.
    My position on Mr. Conway? See above …
    People wear different hats.
    Very difficult for people not to try to take advantage of situations’
    PLATO’S REPUBLIC – Ring of Gynes

    Asst Chief Ellen Murray was named Firefighter of the Year.
    Obviously, she is just as dedicated to her job.
    It has nothing to do with union representation, affiliation.

    ZERO knock on desire to have professional FIRE + POLICE

    However there is an issue of INTEGRITY in POLITICS and comingling
    of RESPONSIBILITIES and FIDUCIARY OBLIGATION.
    The Murrays, Conway, Ross, Hurley, Gavin, Kubec, Moore, Burturla,
    Norm, O’Connell, Mirons, Feehan, Henrick, DeCilio, Cabrol, etc
    All are adults.
    Each knows the truth.
    Each makes decisions.
    God is their Judge and they are their own Judge.
    Many can justifiably be proud of many things, and prouder than most …

    However, there are diferences between personal and professional
    However, there are diferences between personal and political
    However, there are diferences between political and professional
    However, there are diferences between discression and abuse of …

    The piper always comes
    The piper always collects what is due
    Ask not for whom the bell tolls ….

  146. 146 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “You don’t support President Bush’s operating of Guantanemo Bay, tax cuts for the rich, expanded troops in the middle east, expansion of nuclear energy, etc, etc, etc???”

    Not even the “Patriot” Act, gutting of Section 8 funding or No Child Left With A Dime.

    If I had my druthers we would be addressing the President as “Ma’am”. Obama has always been more to the right than most people will admit.

  147. 147 phineast

    dammit Sudds look what you did…..

  148. 148 1george1

    Sudds, Phin, Jeze,

    I voted for Nader.
    I wrote on behalf of Nader.
    I do not work hard for Nader, as I believe he and Michael Moore
    were correct about many problems, ahead of the curve, such as
    Jeze and /Sudds pointed out.

    I agree with some, but far from all of their suggested solutions.

    NOTE: USA Military set up Western Europe and Japan, Pacific Rim
    after WW II and most of the Europeans have similar benefits to the
    Government “unions benefits.”

    There are huge holes and issues, with the imposed and semi-socialist
    Western Europe set up.
    However there were vastly better than the Eastern Europe socialism.
    Both were inferior to the post WW II Command Economy which benefits
    many, but also left out too many.

    Things are seen clearer in RETRO SPECTION.
    Destroying is easier than building.
    Criticism is easier than creation,

    However, things that worked in the past, certainly can work in the future?

  149. 149 sudds

    “If I had my druthers we would be addressing the President as “Ma’am””

    So you too voted for McCain in hopes that he would be dead by now???

    “Obama has always been more to the right than most people will admit.”

    Ya think? I think Stalin was to the right of Obama!

  150. 150 phineast

    still provoking him eh, Sudds?

  151. 151 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “still provoking him eh, Sudds?”

    George may bite (and have his reply moved).

    But not to worry. We all know why Mrs. Sudds already has a giant halo and a reserved seat in Heaven. I have no desire to compete on that level. My patience doesn’t reach a Zen level.

  152. 152 jezebel282

    Update:

    After the crash of two semi-trucks into Stratford fire engines, the Council has still not moved on the repair of the vehicles.

    So far we have borrowed engines from Bridgeport (broke down), Milford and I believe it’s Shelton’s turn today. In the meantime, the headquarters are looking pretty empty today.

    Anybody got the number for Trumbull? We’re empty tomorrow.

  153. 153 1george1

    If there are no fire trucks, are there still Firemen on paid duty?
    Are they going to PEE on Fires?

    Unlike certain people I prefer professional municipal police, fire,
    pw, and others ….
    Yet I don’t like my pocket picked with Lies and Bull oney.

    I am PRO UNION.

    CHIEFS, ASSISTANT CHIEFS, CAPTAINS, LIEUTENANTS, and SARGEANTS
    are MANAGEMENT and should be SALARY and competent and honest
    managers!

    The MAYOR has ADMINISTRATIVE POWER to MOVE interDEPARTMENTAL
    MONEY around A N Y W A Y he CHOOSES.

    The TOWN has CONTINGUENCY FUNDS and UNUSED TAX COLLECTED $$.

    The Mayor could ask the Town Council for a SPECIAL MEETING.

    I like the individual police, fire, and other people, they have squandered
    their credibility crying wolf, and a wolf may just be looking over their
    shoulders.

    They had better pray there is no catastrophy involving a relative(s) of
    serious lawyers ….. whose family(s) could own all of their PENSIONS
    and maybe assets and maybe lay foundation for JAIL TIME !!!

    See FENTON FIRE TRUCKS to see just how affordable …….
    That is only ONE SITE with Fire apparatus ….

  154. 154 1george1

    Jeze,
    I thought you hated the Mirons.
    I thought you hated the Mirons’ allies and friends.

    Yet you support the ROSS father and son,
    who are close to the Dicks + Jim?

    I like Tony + Dan.
    I salute the work they did on the WW II MEMORIAL.
    I admire their professionalism in work.
    I disagree with certain compensation related to certain people
    who all appear to be working together?

    Yes Ron – too many “I.”

  155. 155 jezebel282

    George,

    “The Mayor could ask the Town Council for a SPECIAL MEETING.”

    Yes. Yes he could.

    “Yet you support the ROSS father and son”

    Did I say that? I don’t think so. Dan Ross has proven himself to be a dedicated, caring and intelligent citizen. He must get that from his mother’s side.

  156. 156 1george1

    Dan Ross has proven himself to be a dedicated,
    caring and intelligent citizen.
    He must get that from his mother’s side.

    Solomon-esq, reply. 😉 🙂
    Worthy of Masons, who built the WW II Memorial?


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