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RUSTY ANCHOR OWNERS REBUT MAYOR TYER’S DEFENSE OF CITY ACTIONS ON FIRE STATION, OTHER ISSUES

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MAY 20, 2020) — Scott Graves and Paul Morin yesterday evening sent THE PLANET their rebuttal to Mayor Linda Tyer’s defense of the city of its treatment of the Rusty Anchor owners with respect to the Anchor and the proposal to develop the former Morningside fore station.

THE PLANET presents that rebuttal here. Again, we have edited only for house style and mechanics. We feel this has been an important issue to fully air because it related so intimately to economic development, arguably the most important problem facing Pittsfield, especially in like of the COVID-19 virus.

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PAULA MORIN AND SCOTT GRAVES

First, we would like to thank Mayor Tyer for her quick response to many of our concerns.  It’s refreshing to hear the Tyer Team is impressed with our accomplishments and respects us.

We would like to express that all the issues that we listed in our original article are fact.  We cannot sugar coat it. It has been a real struggle.   We would like to add, the constant pressure has been somewhat relieved due to  the City of Pittsfield no longer employing these individuals.   We currently have a good relationship with many of the new and some existing employees within multiple departments.  We work tirelessly to establish positive working relationships with them.  Communication is key to any successful project or business.
We would like to address Mayor Tyer and the fact the City of Pittsfield owns the parking lot in front of the Rusty Anchor.  This is a true statement.  We do have a parking waiver and plan with the city to use this lot for our members.  However, we maintain that parking lot, 100%  We plow in the winter, we have invested in expensive landscaping, clean the parking lot of all the trash and debris on a weekly basis, and we have patched pot holes and paint the parking stripes per the established city ordnance. We also have installed street lights that light the entire lot to deter criminal activity. The Rusty Anchor pays this additional lighting bill.  We are extremely appreciative of the city allowing us use of the parking lot.  We currently have an open permit to enhance the city’s property even more. This project will allow easier access and better managed parking on the south side of the lot, again at no expense to the city.
To address the snow plowing on Pecks Road where our business is located, perhaps our point was missed.  Although it was surprising to us that after owning this property for two years and in this time frame the city plowed the sidewalk, we suddenly received a letter from the Board of Health stating we were responsible to maintain our sidewalks. This letter came directly after a city employee damaged our personal property and neglected to report it to his superiors.  The accident was witnessed, and we notified the Pittsfield Police Department.  The Pittsfield PD responded within 20 minutes and contacted the city yard, where the employee admitted he did damage our property.  We requested restitution for the repairs.  We have never heard anything from the city on the restitution or the action they should be taking.  As far as plowing our sidewalk, we have no issue with this. We have the equipment available to maintain it ourselves and are happy to do so.  The issue is the negligence on the part of the city for personal property damage and not taking any action on restitution.
As for the Tyler Street Fire Station,  Our issue with is the lack of response to our bid per outlined in the City of Pittsfeild’s RFP#20-023.  The bids were due on March 5 by 2 p.m.  We met this deadline.  Per the RFP, it states in Section VI, Rule for Award, line 2: “The contract will be awarded within thirty (30) days after the bid opening.  The time for award may be extended for up to 30 additional days by mutual agreement between the City and the apparent lowest responsive and responsible bidder.”
We were the only bidders.  We recognize COVID-19 pandemics impact on the “normal operations” of the city’s departments. However, an RFP is a legal and binding document.  There is no room for assumptions.  The deadline was missed for the city to respond.  We were only looking for acknowledgement of receipt and a request for both parties to agree on an extension.
As an employee of the Commonwealth of MA working in finance and purchasing [MORIN], I deal with contracts such as this on a daily basis.  When I put in writing that a response is due to the bidders by an exact date, I am legally bound to respond.  I did in fact respond to my bidders on open RFP’s.  I did request several extensions due to the pandemic.  This allowed the bidder to know they were not being ignored and simply forgotten.  There are no assumptions when dealing with legal documents.
Once again we would like to thank Mayor Tyer for her response.  We as active business owners in the City of Pittsfield only request the same respect that others receive.  We feel this has not been the case in the past.
We do not change our opinion that the City of Pittsfield in the past has imposed unnecessary restrictions that unfortunately created exorbitant costs to us.  We have appealed and proven each instance was unfounded.  Unfortunately, this has always ended with a financial burden a small, seasonal business cannot absorb.
Going forward we would like to work with all City of Pittsfield Departments. Our intentions are to improve the City of Pittsfield wherever and whenever we can.  We welcome the city to work with us and make Pittsfield the best place to live in Berkshire County.
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We thank Graves and Morin for the information. As always, should the city wish to respond, it will have the space here to do that. For that matter, anyone with an issue or who wishes to write a guest column need only do so and submit it. THE PLANET will review and publish those articles meeting our criteria of solid information, facts and views based on facts, real names, the ordinary standards applied to published prose.

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Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
17 days ago

Has anyone else heard the rumor that Melissa Mazzeo is moving to Dalton?

Didn’t she promise to be a watchdog? Not a peep out of her in over 4 months and now she is leaving town?

What happened to going to court?

Maybe Dan can get to the bottom of this.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
17 days ago

God bless her. Pretty much everyone I know would move out of Pittsfield, Ma if they could. Please list all the good things about Pittsfield that would make anyone not connected to the mayor want to stay.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
17 days ago

I think the Democratic Party Oligarchs have been displeased by her ruffling of feathers. It’s ok to pretend to be an opponent but don’t try seriously.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
16 days ago

Jobs

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
16 days ago

Haven’t heard that, but if i could, I’d beat feet outta da pitts too. Can’t blame em to move to Lenox either, like Jimmy Ruberto.

Tony Blair
Tony Blair
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 days ago

Yeah, what happened to her being a wash dog, I’m sorry – watchdog, for Pittsfield? All the commotion just to move to Dalton? Good riddance!

Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly
17 days ago

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz,

Spagirlfrommass
Spagirlfrommass
17 days ago

This is a straight forward response by Scott Graves and well written. It appears to me that he has jumped through hoops, and has come up shortchanged by the City of Pittsfield.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Spagirlfrommass
17 days ago

Mr. Stanley did not get short changed and neither will those lucky folks on her Santa Claus list.

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
17 days ago

Follow the Money.

the school committee
the school committee
17 days ago

President tweety bird will always lead by fear.Tweety was scared to have a minority president.The president 3 policy decisions were 1-Tax cut for powerful and wealthy 2-Destroy Obamas Affordable Care Act for people who work with no Healthcare. 3-Build a wall to keep minorities out of our country.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  the school committee
17 days ago

Apart from sounding like a third-rate salesman with a head injury, I think TDS is the main issue for you.

Chuck Vincelette
Chuck Vincelette
Reply to  the school committee
16 days ago

Blah, blah. Blah.

JohnnyComeLately
JohnnyComeLately
Reply to  the school committee
16 days ago

Sounds like a damn god platform to me pal.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  JohnnyComeLately
16 days ago

It was pal.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  JohnnyComeLately
16 days ago

Tax cuts, repeal obama care, build a wall! Right on man.

truthsayer
truthsayer
17 days ago

Pittsfield finally has its JB3 in Tyer. Congratulations to all who voted for her and the local political machine.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  truthsayer
17 days ago

Truth,
Why did the voters in NA keep voting JB3 in. I think I read he was one of the longest serving mayor’s at one time?

Dohant Missjaelow
Dohant Missjaelow
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
17 days ago

Am I reading this right. Legislators are discussing a bill that would give drug users a safe place to juice up? Hope not,talk about insane government. Who’s giving these people psyche people advice,Freud?

truthsayer
truthsayer
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
16 days ago

Until Alcombright came along, there never was a strong candidate. He’ll also be in the legislature until he decides to retire. While he can be a dick, he does care about the people he represents. I don’t think that’s the case with Tyer.

RN
RN
17 days ago

The ads on this fucking blog are out of control. They are covering up the text of the article in some places.

Jerry Packard
Jerry Packard
Reply to  RN
15 days ago

It is true. It’s too hard to tell what is Dan’s text and what is not. But I know ya gotta pay the bills!

RN
RN
17 days ago

What a lot of you don’t get is Mayor McMeatFlaps is using city resources to harass a business. She’s wasting money and employee time getting her roast beef curtains in an uproar.
The pandemic is some sort of blanket fucking excuse by government and schools for not doing their jobs.
It’s actually easier to do your fucking job when you work in local government during a pandemic. You answer your emails, you answer your phone, there is zero foot traffic. Teachers normally would be in school 7-8 hours a day, now they only teach maybe an hour a day and it’s not new material it’s just enrichment.

Not fucking hard. Put out an RFP, answer. Part of your fucking job Mayor Crayola is to answer bids.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  RN
17 days ago

You’re more angry than Merry & Bright, are you related? Take a chill pill. While I agree with much of what you said minus the angry stuff I’d like to correct one thing. It is the purchasing departments job to answer the RFP, not the Mayor. One cannot expect the Mayor to do or monitor everyone’s job. Not enough hours in a day. Lets hope now that she is aware of the situation she will do something about it.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  danvalenti
16 days ago

I think it’s the F bombs that have infected RN as of late. Without those, his posts and insults would be much more tolerable. Obviously not a catholic school boy like you and I Dan.

Mr. G
Mr. G
Reply to  RN
17 days ago

Geez, I enjoy fucking invective just as fucking much as the next fucking guy RN, but why the fuck do you need to fucking throw the word “fucking” into every fucking sentence? And are meat flaps and roast beef curtains some sort of pejorative appellation of a vagina? Is that where you’ve taken this discussion? To the point where women are characterized and despised solely because of what’s between their legs? That’s pretty deplorable.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Mr. G
16 days ago

I’m curios a it roast beef curtains too. Perhaps RN will effing enlighten us.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  RN
17 days ago

Gee Dan, your robot-censor is okay with multiple f-bombs, yet my comments get “held” for hours?

Dohant Missjaelow
Dohant Missjaelow
Reply to  Lenny
17 days ago

Thank you anyway for clarifying the meat flaps meaning.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Dohant Missjaelow
16 days ago

Must be a term learned in medical text

Ton of Fullap
Ton of Fullap
Reply to  danvalenti
17 days ago

W T F…it’s the modern era.

Ton of Fullap
Ton of Fullap
Reply to  danvalenti
17 days ago

Dan,just went to Tahiti Takeout something you put me onto back in the day. Never tasted better. Egg Foo Yung best best inberkshire,thanx!

Chuck Vincelette
Chuck Vincelette
Reply to  danvalenti
16 days ago

I always looked forward to our interviews “back in the day” on WBRK. You grilled me many times!!!

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  danvalenti
16 days ago

Just another expletive? Maybe in your world.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  danvalenti
16 days ago

The word fuck is used more than any other word in the dictionary except “the”. Some second graders (sadly) can reel off a string of fucks that would make a sailor blush.

RN
RN
17 days ago

If H 4723 passes you can expect BHS to seek to create a program here. They already have the location picked out and plan to claim ADA exemptions. Just like MRI is trying to do in Great Barrington.
there’s big money in medically assisted heroin use. $500 or more a day. Big problem is any state that does it will lose funding.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  RN
16 days ago

Thank you for the heads up. No doubt the dynamic and disasterous trio- Tyer, Harrington, and Farley, are all for it.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
16 days ago

What say we raise the level of palaver in here and stay away from the Anglo-Saxon words for a while?

As in, what the copulation is a goin’ on all up in this maternal copulator??!!!

With all the bovine scatology and stercorary detritus flying around in here, one would have to be a moiety of feces to appreciate such pejorative discourse.

And I see no reason at all for the verbiage relating to vaginal labia, regardless of intent and no matter how metaphorical.

Such nomenclature only exposes the user as a spelunculavivens troglodyte.

Have a felicitous diurnal.

May Dennform
May Dennform
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
16 days ago

It will never be as bad as topix,relax it’ll pass. It’s the topix pukes that do this Dan. They were total all out vile on topix.

Taroolee Beutifull
Taroolee Beutifull
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
16 days ago

Is Lebanon valley closed this summer?. And close those silly camps and home day cares. Very infectious in my opinion. Don’t forget we will still have problems with skeet’s and ticks.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Taroolee Beutifull
16 days ago

Open every damn thing. Today.

Taroolee Beutifull
Taroolee Beutifull
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
16 days ago

Voltaire has nothing on you Ed.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
16 days ago

Trumps go to work 1st and whip off their mask

Lonn Geremei
Lonn Geremei
Reply to  the school committee
16 days ago

Trump doesn’t where a mask but bet he wears a jacket.

the smirnoff committee
the smirnoff committee
Reply to  the school committee
16 days ago

What?

Chuck Vincelette
Chuck Vincelette
Reply to  the school committee
16 days ago

Blah. Blah. Blah.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
16 days ago

Before we all assume what these terms mean, let’s here from RN himself. He never said what they referred to.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
16 days ago

The jobless rate in Pittsfield is estimated at 30.3 percent. The state average for unemployment in Massachusetts is estimated at 25 percent. The state will release its official April unemployment numbers on Friday, May 22nd, 2020.

Mayor Linda Tyer should address the coronavirus pandemic unemployment crisis in Pittsfield. What is her post-pandemic plan to bring jobs back to hard hit Pittsield’s distressed local economy?

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
16 days ago

Florida and Georgia have been found to be lying about their virus cases and deaths so that they could justify opening up. I hope that does not happen locally because I do believe it will backfire and body slam locations that pretend everything is hunky dory. I hope the people inside the hospital will speak up loudly if hospitalizations start to spike.

Also, why is New York testing minimum of 5000 people a day but Pittsfield has only tested 2500 in four months? They say it is because no one is asking but people I know just gave up because they kept getting refused a test.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
16 days ago

I would add that Mass. had more deaths yesterday than New York. Do not become complacent.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
16 days ago

Negatives do not make the statement untrue. Look it up.

RN
RN
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
16 days ago

Ummm Berkshire county has been doing the same. BeHinds and TFB has been pushing the open because of numbers for months. BHS has been lying about the numbers because they want to open to hit revenue numbers so management can get bonuses.
Ask BHS about executive bonuses, ask them how much they get in bonuses.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
16 days ago

Are you effing serious Mr. Melle? A. There were hardly any good ones to begin with, unless you’re a connected GOBSIG, you above all others should know that. B. She doesn’t have a plan. Come on man!

Wilber Stazgill
Wilber Stazgill
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
16 days ago

Oak Hill and Partridge roads are on the mill and pave list. That will be a drag strip just like Hancock rd. On Hancock to Churchill rd there is zero room for trucks. There ‘Will’ be a serious accident one of these days of both of those roads,it’s inevitable. People actually walk in those roads. Hancock is no place to walk in the road. Wait until the boats congestion this summer at the lake. The Mayor has a problem at the causeway also, the city or state has barriers up with people crossing the road left and right. About a month ago two women walking dogs almost lost their pets when they jumped after a car into traffic,if the driver hadn’t swerved they (dogs)would have been hit. You can’t fix stupid.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
16 days ago

TL,
And most of the good ones are taken by those connected. Imagine being blackballed on top of it and trying to get a decent job?

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
16 days ago

I think the unemployment is possibly higher. I have met many competent young people who were really under employed before this crisis – $15 and hour and no bennies. I don’t believe that all the companies that claim to have apprenticeships can’t train these 20-35 year olds to do them. Maybe a lack of interest. Everyone at the schools is a Gobsig connection which explains why the schools are garbage.
Linda and her gang know how to spend money – they don’t know how to make money, unless it’s by taking your money. Maybe I can turn my house into a shooting gallery or whatever the legal term the govt has for it.

Pat
Pat
16 days ago

The far left wants to get rid of private vehicles and use the Green New Deal to do it. Can anyone imagine having to ride on public transportation during this pandemic? That’s how COVID-19 spread so quickly in New York City because so many people in that city use public transportation. Americans need to stand up against a Green New Deal because if the far left is ever in power again, God help us, they will push for this Green New Deal.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Pat
16 days ago

You keep saying “the far left”. Is that like a tic or sumptin?

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
16 days ago

Pat uses it to shame Democrats.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
16 days ago

The far left includes most Democrats unfortunately, although some moderate Dems do still exist. The far left includes the likes of AOC and her followers and they are pulling Joe Biden into their nest of craziness. These younger women like AOC and Pressley have become the face of the Democratic party and they are very far left with ideas that just do not pass the common sense test.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Pat
16 days ago

Some woman on the far right love Donald Trump despite his despicable way of treating woman. Many therapists attribute it to a daddy issue thingy. But whatever the malady is called it is a sad reflection on woman standing up for o ne another.

Dementia Joe
Dementia Joe
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
15 days ago

What about hair sniffing and Terra?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
15 days ago

He treats women great. His daughter adores him as does his wife. Even his ex-wives still love him.

Johnny99
Johnny99
16 days ago

Well Dan, is there a plan or not for Hess Forest and parking lot at old fire station? Tyer denied “drawings”, not plan

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Johnny99
16 days ago

You mean Carver does not have a blueprint for something for that plot?

Wilber Stazgill
Wilber Stazgill
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
16 days ago

So they have been out the past two weeks fillling otholes at Partridge and Oak Hill,a hefty cost knowing all along it will soon be mill and paved?

Gipsee RonLo
Gipsee RonLo
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
16 days ago

Trump doesn’t have a blueprint. Economy is down the drain.

RN
RN
Reply to  Johnny99
16 days ago

There’s always been a plan Dottie’s II

Cucaracha
Cucaracha
Reply to  RN
15 days ago

What’s the plan at Dottie’s?

D S Oi
D S Oi
Reply to  Johnny99
15 days ago

Tyers on her fifth year of her first comment on Hess blight. The old fire house on Tyler is going on its fortieth year of plans for that.

RN
RN
16 days ago

If you fudge your numbers enough even the COVID death capital of the USA looks promising.

New York City could start reopening from its coronavirus-induced shutdown as early as June 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.

“All roads are leading to the first half of June,” de Blasio said during his daily coronavirus press briefing, explaining that the Big Apple is expected to meet its own targets involving hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and the amount of those testing positive for the bug, as well as the state’s seven COVID-related benchmarks by that time.

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  RN
16 days ago

The president of America and the president of Brazil seem to be in a sick contest to see who can kill of the most people through blatant ignorance and indifference. Trump says he wears his high numbers like ” a badge of honor.” That is one sick deranged puppy right there folks.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
16 days ago

Who the hell does Trump thinks he is! In Michigan at a meeting with mostly African Americans he isn’t wearing a mask. Michigan Governor told him to wear a mask for future visits or don’t come back.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
15 days ago

He did wear a mask at the places he needed to wear a mask. He was just tested this morning so he isn’t shedding virus, but he is in danger from others so for that reason I wish he would wear a mask, but it’s his choice. He wore it where he had to that’s what matter.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
15 days ago

The president wont wear a mask because he thinks its good politics.

Pat
Pat
15 days ago

What a joke that a poll showed that Biden is more trusted on corona virus than President Trump. Americans truly are not that smart. Biden wanted to not close the borders at all because he thinks it’s racist. Yes, just let the infected pour in was Biden’s way of dealing with the virus if he had been president. The same stupid idea they had in Italy which led to disaster for that country. Biden, who has in the past lied about so many things is to be trusted? Biden is really challenged in the trust department.

outtohair
outtohair
Reply to  Pat
15 days ago

Don’t go to these mom and pop stores and cumbies.didnt see anyone wearing a mask in or out of one store..enforce the law. Store owners should have mandatory no purchase unless you are wearing. Every dirt bag in the city was out tonight. Pittsfield is in deep shit. Gangs are here,seen at least two this past couple days.

RN
RN
15 days ago

Kripalu dropped a bomb. All Smitty can say is the State has to do better? Smitty you are part of this. You are a STATE Rep. YOU HAVE TO DO BETTER!!!

Grover Westclevlind
Grover Westclevlind
Reply to  RN
15 days ago

The United States of Unemployment. Way to go Dingleberry. Worst President in History. Need Stats?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  RN
15 days ago

Kripalu closed until 2021? That’s crazy. Maybe all the staff wants a long vacation.

RN
RN
14 days ago

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