Blame: Now Accepting Applications

18Jun12

Revised Town Charter

We are, of course, talking about the newly approved Stratford Redevelopment Authority. Here is yet another agency that is supposed to pursue economic development within the Town. Apparently the Economic Development Commission nor the never-hired Economic Development Director are as capable as a five member agency that would serve at the pleasure of a mayor. To be sure they get all the blame the Council and mayor are entitled to, the ordinance suggests that the “Authority” focus on brownfields but they are certainly not limited to that. They can be blamed for anything they set their mind to. Just think of the possibilities; Selling the WPCA (sewage treatment plant), selling the Transfer Station, selling the golf course or giving the SAEP to Bridgeport. Why, the possibilities for blame are endless. And who will serve on this “Authority” (doesn’t that sound powerful?) that will form? Anyone the mayor chooses and the 8-2 majority approves. That’s who.

For our readers’ convenience I have posted the ordinance below as well as a portion of the Town Charter that has already given all of the authority to the Council. You may well ask why bother if the Council already has all the authority to do the same thing? Seriously? Are you new? The new “Authority” doesn’t have to answer to us bothersome constituents. No required public notices, no public hearings, no public meetings, no public anything. That’s why.

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14 Responses to “Blame: Now Accepting Applications”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    Town Charter:

    Sec 2.2.1

    (b) relative to the acquisition of real or personal property, within and without the Town, by purchase, gift, devise, condemnation, lease, contract or otherwise; (c) relative to the sale, leasing, management, improvement and control of such property; (d) relative to the levy and collection of assessments for local improvements upon property benefited thereby; (k) relative to the regulation of the construction, reconstruction, materials, location, height, maintenance, use and occupancy of buildings; (o) relative to the creation, provision for, construction, regulation and maintenance of all things in the nature of public works and improvements;

    Town of Stratford Redevelopment Agency Ordinance

    Section 1. Purpose and Creation. There is hereby created a redevelopment agency for the Town in accordance with Section 8-126 of the Connecticut General Statutes, said agency to be known as the “Stratford Redevelopment Agency.”
    Stratford Redevelopment Agency will utilize public and private sector investment to pursue economic development success by creating programs uniquely suited for Stratford. To that end, the Stratford Redevelopment Agency will develop, facilitate and pursue a variety of programs to foster, cause, encourage and support economic development. To accomplish this goal, the Stratford Redevelopment Agency will acquire government and private sector funding and grants that focus on, but are not limited to, administering Brownfield redevelopment.
    Section 2. Powers and Duties. The Agency shall exercise all of the powers, duties and responsibilities as set forth in Chapters 130 and 132 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended from time to time, including, but not limited to, the power to acquire, lease, hold, manage and convey real and personal property, accept loans and make advances, rehabilitate and redevelop property, and create and acquire interests in any legal entity that is necessary or desirable to carry out such redevelopment, on properties that are either assigned or conveyed to the Redevelopment Agency by the Town Council. The Agency shall be subject to the limitations of the exercise of the power of eminent domain established by § 12-1 of the Stratford Town Code.
    Section 3. Membership, Terms of Office; Removal of Member.
    A. The Agency shall be composed of five electors resident in the Town; appointed by the Mayor as the chief executive officer of the Town and approved by the Town Council.
    B. Of the members of the Agency first appointed, one each shall be designated to serve for one, two, three, four and five years respectively, terminating on June 30 of the respective year. All subsequent appointments of members shall be for terms of five years, commencing on July 1 of the respective year. Each member shall serve until such member’s successor is appointed and qualified. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as original appointment. Each Director eligible for membership to the Board of Directors shall be eligible for re-election.
    C. No member appointed to the Redevelopment Agency shall be a member of any Stratford Land Use Board or Commission or Stratford Tax Board or Commission.
    D. Any member of the Agency shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor.
    Section 4. Officers. Annually at its first meeting on or after July 1, the Agency shall select from among its members a Chairman and a Vice Chairman. In the case of the absence or incapacity of the Chairman, the Vice Chairman shall act in his place and stead.
    Section 5. Meetings; rules of procedure; majority of Agency necessary to act.
    A. Meetings of the Agency shall be held at such times and places as the Agency may determine.
    B. The Agency shall adopt rules of procedure for the governance of its meetings.
    C. Action by the Agency shall be taken only on a majority vote of all of the members of the Agency.
    Section 6. Records and Reports.
    A. The Agency shall keep records of its meetings and other activities.
    B. The Agency shall annually on or before September 30 submit to the Town Council a report of its activities for the prior fiscal year and its projected activities for the fiscal year then commencing. The Agency shall make such special reports as the Town Council may request from time to time.

    Section 7. Compensation.
    A. The members of the Agency shall receive no compensation for their services as such, but shall be reimbursed for their necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties, subject to budgetary limitations.
    B. No member(s), collectively or individually, shall engage in a transaction from which the member received an improper benefit whether or not the benefit resulted from an action of the agency.

    Section 8. Appropriations. In the performance of its duties and in the exercise of its powers aforesaid, the Agency shall not incur any expenses or obligate the Town to pay any expense in excess of the funds appropriated by the Town Council for such purpose.
    Section 9. Employees. The Agency may employ a secretary and such other officers, agents and other employees as it may require, subject to budgetary limitations and relevant Charter provisions.
    Section 10. No Conflict with State or Federal Statutes. This Ordinance shall not be construed to conflict with any State or Federal statute, rule or regulation.
    Section 11. Coordination with other Town Bodies. The Agency shall coordinate its activities with the Town Planning Commission, Zoning Commission and Economic Development Commission as well as other interested officials and agencies of the Town, and the Agency may invite to attend and participate in its meetings and deliberations, but without vote, any person not a member of the Agency.
    Section 12 Funding.
    A public/private partnership between the Town of Stratford and the private sector will be developed to fund the activities of the Stratford Redevelopment Agency subject to budgetary limitations and relevant Charter provisions.

  2. 2 1george1

    One of our largest Tax Payer’s Executives indicated that without
    proper oversight, this could be a license to steal.

    Republicans have run Town Councils, Boards of Ed, Zoning, and
    almost everything in town, while the highest paid people have
    been the Berchem, Moses, Devlin Law firm, with Stratford Dem
    Chairman Richard Burturla as the apparent “favorite” beneficiary.

    What is a 2 party system?
    Why do they call them parties?
    What is representative government?
    Who do they represent?

    Anything like “to protect and serve ….” on police cars, which
    maybe should state liberty and justice for all?

    ASIDE NOTE to JEZE: I think I’ll be mostly within blog string in
    this thread and I 100 % believe this will also steer Shakespeare
    contracts.

    Further, note how this plays to time tables and ambiant situations
    like WPCA Water Treatment Plant finished 2009 & working at 30%
    capacity, & new I-95 developments # 33 & # 32 (cumberland farms-
    which appears to expect MORE Traffic, depite # 33)?

  3. 3 stfdprofessor1

    Just another way for Harkins to insulate himself from taking the blame for any decision (like he’s ever made one publicly).

  4. 4 jezebel282

    Prof,

    Stratford mayors don’t take blame. That’s what CAO’s and Councils are for.

  5. 5 1george1

    Almost like there were:
    1 – time tables
    2 – diversions
    3 – deniability
    4 – RULE BY LAW (analogous to DIVINE RIGHT) Justice system &
    allies suborn equal protection of te LAW & pervert Consitution
    into intellectual PROTITUTION
    5 – RULE of LAW usurpation of representative government by what
    the Federalist Papers calls the MONIED CLASS.
    “History will attest, LAWS are WRITTEN for the FEW,
    NOT for the MANY..”

  6. 6 blodgettave

    Best hope that members of the failed Team Stratford aren’t being slated for this authority….

  7. 7 1george1

    DARN IT BLODGETTAVE …. If you mean RTC/DTC known allies, you
    likely identified 3 of 5 members of the SLATE and 1 or more of the
    alternatives.

    Likely the members of the supposed REBEL ALLIANCE or the
    INSURRECTION will have at least 2 members. An honored elder
    statesman or supposedly uninvolved party will be nominated as
    the saviour… the more things change …..

  8. 8 jezebel282

    blodge,

    “Best hope that members of the failed Team Stratford aren’t being slated for this authority….”

    It is certainly easy enough to tell. I would go even further and be very suspicious of anyone appointed from the RTC.

    We know it can’t be Willinger because the ordinance says it must be a Stratford resident. Come to think of it, that never stopped Councilpeople from being elected, did it?

  9. 9 1george1

    Jeze – Ya got a quick LOL and then instant sadness at being right.

    CT POST at least points out the Councilor who work for Bridgeport.
    There are in-laws and out-law connections through out Stratford
    elected, employed, and contracted history.

  10. 10 1george1

    POSTED on the PATCH:

    The LAWYERS & POLITICAL PARTIES changed the TOWN CHARTER,
    in ways analogous to the NATIONAL GOVERNMENT making the U. S.
    CONSITUTION unworkable.

    The Declaration of Independence called for “just consent of the governed.”

    Lincoln wrote and spoke of “Government of the people, by the people, and
    for the people.

    The U. S. Constitution Preable starts “WE THE PEOPLE”

    The Pledge of Alligiance is for LIBERTY and JUSTICE for ALL
    (NOT just the POLITICALLY CONNECTED)

    We now have a GOVERNMENT of RULE “BY” LAW, much like DIVINE RIGHT,
    where gangsters, liars, theives, and conmen use Public Treasury and useful
    idiots against honest people.

    The NEW REDEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE is (can be) a license to STEAL.

    5 people appointed by a Mayor with autonomous powers:

    1) EMINENT DOMAIN (to take your property)

    2) NEGOTIATE & SIGN CONTRACTS (circumvent BID PROCESS)

    3) Create BONDING = subject to Town Council’s OK (Add your DEBT)

    Every one of the supposed political activist groups tend to lead back
    to certain law firms and government employers or dependents.

  11. 11 1george1

    This is likely one of the most key and importing strings JEZE
    has posted. Yet despite perhaps 1,000 separate viewers ……

  12. 12 jezebel282

    Update:

    From the Stratford Patch:

    “they hired Karen Kaiser as special projects coordinator for community/economic development. At a Town Council meeting earlier this week, Harkins announced that her salary would be $90,000.”
    http://stratford.patch.com/articles/open-house-stratford-all-925-000-square-feet-of-it

    “Special projects coordinator”? Is that like “Economic Development Director”? Probably not since the last Economic Development Director we had made way less than $90,000. Perhaps it is because Harkins already told us that he himself would be running economic development.

    So now we have a “Special projects coordinator” and a Redevelopment Authority. That sounds wonderful. Oh! That reminds me. I still have to mail the increased property tax bills and increased sewer use “fee” to the tax collector next week.

  13. 13 1george1

    I much preferred Bruce Allessie & Diane Toolan for economic
    development. They were kept from doing their job. All that
    back stabbing & plotting, will likely now fall into place.

    Gotta pay $ 90 k

    Justifies PAY INCREASES for da MAYOR.
    “HARKINS HEROES?”

    The RTC, DTC, and many play the ROLE of SARGEANT SCHULTZ
    from HOGAN’S HEROES: “I know nothing, NOTHING!”

  14. 14 1george1

    Where did the REDEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE GO?


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