Traffic on 495 at 6:30 this morning was almost as full as any other day…guess there are many more essential private sector employees than non-essential city,state employees.
If Dan Lahiff, the Water Dept. Director hasn’t taken home (or sent one of his employees ahead with it) a city owned generator yet,can I put dibs in on one? Along with the worker and gas to run it also, please.
With a $22.5 million dollar budget that includes $700,000 in Overtime and a just announced grant of $900,000, a City Manager “Contingency” Account of $300,000 and being only 4 months into the budget cycle one has to wonder what made Marty Lorrey and Rita Mercier cave after voting to cut $100,000 from Police Overtime to approve restoring $87,000 to the budget that they first cut? Maybe bullying by the Mayor on his Aides Website helped after all? Joe Mendonca and others showed common sense in stating that the money should have been found in the already approved budget or the request brought back later in the fiscal year. The BS that it in anyway “handcuffed” the Superintendent is nothing but Political Spin.
Give the Manager credit, he wanted $800,000 in Police overtime and he comes real close to it with this additional $87,000…how much money does safety cost? At what point do we say work with what you have?
Bernie Lynch no doubt is a tremendous Manager when it comes to finances. However when it comes to running the various departments you have to say that he falls short. Between the Parking dept, Water dept and library the lack of proper supervision and attention shows. Why don’t we have Ralph Snow or Adam Baacke has the Asst. City Manager for Operations and have one person in charge dealing with all these dept. heads. In the past it seemed to work.
Even if Liz Warren loses in Lowell, if the loss is less than what Martha Coakley lost by, the spin will be the Mayor and Councilor Nuon have shown the ability to get people out to vote for who they support. It won’t be that Councilor Mercier or State Rep. Nangle had any impact.
I’m still betting on Brown to win Lowell and by more than what he beat Martha Coakley by. Jack Mitchell and I have a Lunch wager on this one.
My post on Erik Gitschier deserving and outside review certainly has drawn a lot of responses that reflect the infighting and poor morale that plague that school. If the Mayor and combined boards are set to go along with the Dog and Pony show questioning candidates, I hope someone has the sense to ask, What will you do to improve the communication and the overall morale at the school?
As Jack Nicholson said in the Batman Movie “This place needs an enema” and in my humble opinion it has reached that point at the Tech. Not only does the Superintendent need to go but the Dean of Discipline and a few other Dept. Chairs along with the existing Union leadership all need to go and a new team put in place. Otherwise NOTHING will change! Keeping one over the other will just make a bigger, meaner (if that is possible) divide.
If you don’t subscribe to the e-edition of the SUN, you should. Not only can you read it wherever through their mobile device appts. but from a pure technology point their ability to translate to 13 languages (and they are working on adding both Khmer and Cambodian translations) is pretty impressive. You also get to email any story, create a pdf of any story and share these as well.
All Carriers have cancelled pick up so closing the shop at 2:00 and headed back to Lowell. I’m fortunate I can work from home so there I’ll be!