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WATER TREATMENT UPGRADE BACK BEFORE THE COUNCIL, BUT WHERE??

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(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.

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

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

The Usual Disclaimer.

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dusty
dusty
3 years ago

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
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

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
dusty
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 years ago

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
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

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
dusty
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 years ago

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
Steven Dean
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
3 years ago

Your comments are absurd

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

“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
Steven Dean
Reply to  Shakes His Head
3 years ago

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

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Shakes His Head
3 years ago

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

Definitely NOT Praxis33/Shakes His Head
Definitely NOT Praxis33/Shakes His Head
Reply to  Shakes His Head
3 years ago

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

H
H
3 years ago

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

Steven Dean
Steven Dean
Reply to  H
3 years ago

15 WHOLE POINTS!!!!!!

THE SKY IS FALLING THE SKY IS FALLING

dusty
dusty
Reply to  H
3 years ago

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
Steven Dean
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

15 WHOLE POINTS

Paul
Paul
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

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

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Paul
3 years ago

Not true.

Steven Dean
Steven Dean
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

Very true

Paul
Paul
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

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

Fugimoto Hockalugi
Fugimoto Hockalugi
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

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

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
3 years ago

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

H
H
3 years ago

Nasdaq six in a row …..

h
h
3 years ago

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

Bill Q
Bill Q
3 years ago

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.

Unwanted Carl
Unwanted Carl
3 years ago

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

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Unwanted Carl
3 years ago

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
Steven Dean
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

Your comments show you are a threat. Secret service notified

Uwanted Carl
Uwanted Carl
3 years ago

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
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Uwanted Carl
3 years ago

The urologist to the stars is back on the blog!

Steven Dean
Steven Dean
Reply to  Uwanted Carl
3 years ago

Do you think posting this makes you look intelligent

Uwanted Carl
Uwanted Carl
3 years ago

Street Biology. 101″””

U
U
3 years ago

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

Steven Dean
Steven Dean
Reply to  U
3 years ago

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

CosbiesLadies
CosbiesLadies
3 years ago

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

Earl Parsnip
Earl Parsnip
Reply to  CosbiesLadies
3 years ago

And Kerwood is shifty and Persip is just plain lost.

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Earl Parsnip
3 years ago

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
Definitely NOT Praxis33/Shakes His Head
Reply to  dusty
3 years ago

Or use less water…..

Gigi
Gigi
3 years ago

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

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/23/ag-sessions-building-legal-wall-against-economic-migrants/

dusty
dusty
3 years ago

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

Unwanted Carl
Unwanted Carl
3 years ago

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

Spider
Spider
3 years ago

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
Definitely NOT Praxis33/Shakes His Head
Reply to  Spider
3 years ago

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

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz

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

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Spider
3 years ago

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?

H
H
3 years ago

Dow down Again,only 500 as of 130 pm.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
3 years ago

“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
Pat
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
3 years ago

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

Pat
Pat
3 years ago

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.

David Bubriski
David Bubriski
3 years ago

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.

mi
mi
3 years ago

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

Trumped Up
Trumped Up
3 years ago

Gaetani is way better than Valenti.