(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE MONDAY APRIL 23, 2018) — Two meetings set, one for tonight and the other tomorrow, may well determine the economic fate of the city of Pittsfield. The correct vote won’t prevent eventual receivership (assuming the current spending problem is not addressed in municipal budgets), but the incorrect vote will hasten the trip over the edge of the money cliff. As if we need to remind anyone, bankruptcy makes of that fall a long one indeed.

THE PLANET speaks of the meetings of the city council’s finance committee tonight and the regular council meeting tomorrow. At issue: Another crack by the Tyer Administration to induce a $74 million ($80 mill if you count the $6 million already shelled out to “consultants”) upgrade to the city’s water treatment plant. Keep in mind that the facility has no quality issues, is well within regulatory standards, and independent water engineers say the massive overhaul isn’t needed.

To this THE PLANET adds that the EPA directives requiring the city to make the upgrade is highly controversial. The agency, currently in its own crisis of confidence after the charges of corruption made against its director, certainly has no moral footing to be ordering anyone to do anything, least of all a city that has consistently obeyed the law when it comes to water treatment.

Two other points strongly suggest the correct vote is to vote down the EPA arm-twisting: first, the EPA order amounts to an unfounded mandate. Second, the EPA’s bureaucratic throwing around of its weight can be fought successfully in court. If the city calls the agency’s bluff and fights the order, it will discover that the 800-pound gorilla wears a cheaply wrought Cheetah costume. The EPA “beast” is more suitable as an organ grinder’s cup holder.

A third additional factor rests in the empty wallet of Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski, Pittsfield’s beleaguered taxpayers. Primarily due to the $110 million they are forced to pay for the city’s failing public schools, they reach the end of the month barely — barely — scraping by. They simply can’t afford to be mugged by a corrupt federal agency whose regional aparatchiks play a game of “justify your existence” for the bosses in Washington.

You will recall the last time this measure came before the council, our Right Honorable Good Friends defeated it by 7-4, one vote short of the required 8-3 supermajority. Scorecard: Voting against taxpayers, Moon, Caccamo, Krol, Simonelli, White, Persip, and Marchetti. Voting to save the Kapanskis and the city, Mazzeo, Connell, Rivers, and Morandi. Word kicking around the rooms at City Hall have it that the administration has put the full court press on Rivers to change her vote and Simonelli to stay pat.

The final bird in hand has to be, of all things, the city hall elevators. They’re (in)conveniently on the half shell and no repair schedule has been announced. This means that the meetings might have to be moved to alternate venues due to rules about accessibility for the handicapped. The resulting confusion should assure light attendance by average citizens. You can be sure that the stooges for this project have received advanced secret word from Groucho Marx about the locations.

We hear the water dripping as we write.


“Nothing to do now but wait for the grapevine to twine” — Steve Canyon.



The Usual Disclaimer.


  1. dusty
    April 23, 2018 at 9:56 am #

    If I were a councilor I would insist that a forensic audit be performed so that we could get a true picture of what is going on in this city. And I would demand that it happened before I voted for any more large expenditures of cash or borrowing. Perhaps Councilor Krol will do this.

    • Mr. Fritz
      April 23, 2018 at 11:47 am #

      Krol?! He’s part of the problem! He’s one of the biggest spenders on the council! Perhaps you have’t been paying attention.

      • dusty
        April 23, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

        Get with the program Steven. You strike me as one of those asshats that walks across a 6 lane highway looking down at your cell phone. You are embarrassing yourself and by extension the whole blog.

        • Mr. Fritz
          April 23, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

          Wow guess I hit a nerve. I am not Steven, but we share the same viewpoint and I find his comment below about the sky falling – hysterical and right on target. So I’ll take your confusion about my identity as a compliment.
          I speak the truth about Krol. That should be obvious to you, as he is one of the councilors supporting the massive expenditure for the sewage plant overhaul.

          • dusty
            April 23, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

            Steven…I am wholly aware of Mr Krol and where he comes from as well as his plasticity. He is a politicians politician and will do what is best for Mr Krol.

            Have you ever noticed that I often mock the absurd?? If not, pay more attention.

          • Steven Dean
            April 24, 2018 at 3:35 am #

            Your comments are absurd

    • Shakes His Head
      April 23, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

      “While a forensic audit may sound like something exciting you hear about on crime dramas like Law and Order or CSI, the truth is a little more mundane. A forensic audit is the process of reviewing a person’s or company’s financial statements to determine if they are accurate and lawful. Forensic accounting is most commonly associated with the IRS and tax audits, but it may also be commissioned by private companies to establish a complete view of a single entity’s finances.”

      I think it is very obvious how the City spends their money. No need to pay more consultants.

      • Steven Dean
        April 23, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

        you just dont want them to find something that would show you are wrong

      • dusty
        April 23, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

        But perhaps a public accounting would make them a tad more responsible?

      • Definitely NOT Praxis33/Shakes His Head
        April 24, 2018 at 5:46 am #

        The regular audit reviews everything, is annual, and the City already produces it.

  2. H
    April 23, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    Dow is Down Again. Naz all last week and today. Thanks Donald.

    • Steven Dean
      April 23, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

      15 WHOLE POINTS!!!!!!


    • dusty
      April 23, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

      The DOW is down but gasoline is climbing. Coincidentally, Donald has many friends in the fossil fuel industry who are jumping for joy.

      • Steven Dean
        April 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

        15 WHOLE POINTS

      • Paul
        April 23, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

        Gas goes up every year at this time as they switch over to the summer blend.

        • dusty
          April 23, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

          Not true.

          • Steven Dean
            April 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

            Very true

          • Paul
            April 23, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

            Dusty, beg to differ but it is in deed true. I swear you live in a alternate reality.

      • Fugimoto Hockalugi
        April 25, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

        They are also feeling Mary. That’s why they left.

  3. 12 Gauge
    April 23, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

    Let’s hope the G man can make a positive impact at tonight’s meeting.

  4. H
    April 23, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

    Nasdaq six in a row …..

  5. h
    April 23, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

    If Gaetani can’t pull it off tonight, send looming water-sewer bills to Pitts Pround or his mirror image, Futz.

  6. Bill Q
    April 23, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

    Rusty ( Trump) called me today, wanted to know if I needed any help with my Water Bill. I said no,the G- Man has it covered.

  7. Unwanted Carl
    April 23, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

    Did the French Prez and Wife know where ScumP was,before he kissed both on the cheeks?

    • dusty
      April 23, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

      Melania was at Barbra Bushes funeral but Donnie was not welcome because they were afraid he might say or do something really really stupid. And you know he would have because he ALWAYS DOES.

      • Steven Dean
        April 24, 2018 at 3:34 am #

        Your comments show you are a threat. Secret service notified

  8. Uwanted Carl
    April 23, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

    Must’ve hit a nerve. And tell Melania she isn’t the ONE. Trump had a Mega multiple, probably infected Porn Star,while she was pregger with little Barry.

    • Mr. Fritz
      April 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

      The urologist to the stars is back on the blog!

    • Steven Dean
      April 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

      Do you think posting this makes you look intelligent

  9. Uwanted Carl
    April 23, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

    Street Biology. 101″””

  10. U
    April 23, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

    Cohen said he really never wanted to be a Laywer. He said his first love was to be a Milk Man.

    • Steven Dean
      April 23, 2018 at 5:11 pm #

      Again is that meant to be witty? It isn’t

  11. CosbiesLadies
    April 23, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

    Gaetani’s Brilliant, gruff, but brilliant…thank you Sir!

    • Earl Parsnip
      April 23, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

      And Kerwood is shifty and Persip is just plain lost.

      • dusty
        April 24, 2018 at 1:16 am #

        and the taxpayers?? Well, it is about to rain self serving political feces upon them and all they can do about it is to serve their children smaller portions at meal time.

        • Definitely NOT Praxis33/Shakes His Head
          April 24, 2018 at 5:47 am #

          Or use less water…..

  12. Gigi
    April 24, 2018 at 4:00 am #

    Hooray for A.G. Sessions – protecting us from the invasion of migrants at the southern border!

  13. dusty
    April 24, 2018 at 4:36 am #

    Witnessed a Mirabalto gas tlruck blow through a full red light yesterday. Wonder what would happen in a broadside with such a vehicle.

  14. Unwanted Carl
    April 24, 2018 at 4:59 am #

    I c a minimum 25 violations each day dusty. That truck you saw is for real, think there is a rogue driver over there to anxious to deliver. Don’t drivers know people report this stuff

  15. Spider
    April 24, 2018 at 7:58 am #

    On tonight’s agenda the mayor is asking to amend the original request of $150,000 for the Capitol Theatre Marquee Restoration to $223,400.

    First – I don’t think keeping the marquee is essential to preserving our city’s history. And certainly not at that cost. And how does that improve the life style of the seniors occupying that bldg.?

    Second – This happens frequently. The CC will approve an amount and later the mayor will come back with an increase. Is it asking too much that these appropriations be confirmed the first time around?

    • Definitely NOT Praxis33/Shakes His Head
      April 24, 2018 at 8:25 am #

      evidence of very poor project management from city staff and very poor leadership from the corner office.

      • Mr. Fritz
        April 24, 2018 at 10:03 am #

        I agree and I think it’s ridiculous to spend that kind of money.

    • dusty
      April 24, 2018 at 10:06 am #

      i agree that fussing with that marquee is important enough to use taxpayer money. Where does it all end for gods sake mayor?

      If Mueller were to track the marquee deal from proposal to who got what money for restoring it, would there be collusion and kickbacks and cronyism?

  16. H
    April 24, 2018 at 10:45 am #

    Dow down Again,only 500 as of 130 pm.

  17. Edward R. Murrow
    April 24, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

    “Chappaquiddick” a must see for anyone who refers to it as “the Kennedy seat.”

    Funny, but I don’t see a lot of media, not to say “journalist,” activity on this one.

    No late-night appearances by actors/director, no “60 Minutes” feature.

    I don’t usually look, but probably no big NYT ads either.

    Probably won’t show it in schools/colleges.

    Only took 49 years for this one to come out . . .

    But, in the end it actually is pretty tame. Should have hit harder . . .

    • Pat
      April 24, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

      I can’t wait to see it. Just saw a preview of it. How long before it comes to Netflix I wonder?

  18. Pat
    April 24, 2018 at 5:14 pm #

    Bernie Sanders wants to give everyone at least a $15.00 per hour job plus dental and health benefits. Wonder how that would work here in Berkshire County where there are no jobs unless you are friends with or related to somebody? Would these be government make work jobs so that everybody would be dependent on big government? As usual Bernie is not forthcoming with many details. Any program that makes people more reliant on big government should be frightening to everyone.

    Dental insurance should be much more affordable, but healthcare should still be left up to the states not the federal government. It seems to me that each state could have their own dental program to make it more affordable especially for implants and caps.

  19. David Bubriski
    April 25, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

    Pittsfield just bought a Rolls Royce water treatment plant but a Honda or Ford water treatment would have done just fine. The
    consultants are laughing all the way to the bank.

  20. mi
    April 26, 2018 at 7:33 am #

    Keol said it’s. Ot the sexy thing to do.

  21. Trumped Up
    May 4, 2018 at 11:07 am #

    Gaetani is way better than Valenti.