July 10, 2008

Resident to City Hall: Take care of your property

Sheffield Lane resident Ed Lee told city councilors this week that "it pains me as a veteran and it embarasses me as a citizen" to see the rusty, unlit flagpole in front of Jennings School.
He also pointed out that a city-owned lot near the New Britain Water Company property near St. Gregory's has very tall grass growing.
"The city's not maintaining their own property," Lee said.
Mayor Art Ward said that with all the rain this year, crews have a hard time keeping up.
"It's totally green and totally growing," the mayor said.

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40 comments:

Anonymous said...

'Bout time someone spoke up.

I hope others point out other area also.

Mr. Mayor, no excuses please!

Anonymous said...

How about the old bakery building on Riverside Avenue, the one that was going to be the gateway for the bridge over the river and onto the boulevard. Looks like crap.

Anonymous said...

How about the Mall site: now a Tractor Trailer parking lot and place to dump rags and shopping carts.

Anonymous said...

Time to move out of Bristol!

Anonymous said...

How about all the dilapidated Guard Rails throughout the city?

I know that they started to replace them, but did Ward stop that project too?

Anonymous said...

Once the blight nazis drive out the un-desireable element (poor) they can then turn their attention to the city owned property .

Anonymous said...

As I drive around the city, I see an increasing number of traffic control signs, damaged, spray painted, hidden by plant growth etc.

Isn'that the citys responsibility?

Anonymous said...

"Time to move out of Bristol!"

Buh-bye!

Anonymous said...

Wow. When asked about basic maintenance of City property, the Mayor decides to "blame it on the rain." Sounds like the Mayor's been listenting to too much Milli Vanilli.

Anonymous said...

3:45 and 8:05 - drag your a--es, probably haven't contributed crap, other than bitching, anyhow.
bottom feeders accurately describe people such as you, suck the city dry and give nothing - have a nice trip - quickly.

Anonymous said...

Why bother speaking up it only falls on deaf ears. The so called clean up at the West End was a good start, but where werl all the big blow hard council members. To demeaning for them My hat is off to Ken for trying. I watched last weeks council meeting and you all look pathetic. (Craig do you own a suit?) Need to get your beard trimed you look like a smurf. Nic impression

Anonymous said...

Dear Mayor
Why don't you call the union to clean up the city? Then they can charge the city for over-time on jobs that should be done from the get go.

Anonymous said...

I saw two City workers, a man and a woman, driving City vehicles to a local eatery across town (nowhere near City Hall) at 10:30 A.M. this morning where they met for a romantic date that lasted at least half and hour. I would like to turn them in but I am afraid of retalliation by public works and the other department where the woman came from.

Anonymous said...

112:28

That will show up in the Mayors mileage report, next month.

Wait and see.

Anonymous said...

you don't have to give your name, address etc. if you call into city hall, the actual departments or the mayor's office so there is no reason not to report what you saw - take down the vehicle numbers if you don't know their name.

Anonymous said...

Hey 10:59, ever hear of caller ID?

And friends of friends answer the phone.

Anonymous said...

1:29 - step up to the plate and get some backbone or stop your bitching. If you want something corrected and you keep hiding, you deserve what you get.

Anonymous said...

I tried and I got burned.

And, nothing was done about my complaint!

Anonymous said...

July 11 @ 11:28 PM - How do you know what departments the two city workers were from? How do you know what eatery they went to? How do you know it was a "romantic date" and that it lasted "at least half and [sic] hour"? How do we know that you're not just making this crap up?

If you're not willing to do the right thing and report this to the proper authorities, then the only conclusion I can reach is that you're simply blowing smoke.

Anonymous said...

4:47, spoken like a true city union worker who thinks they're entitled to get away with breaking the rules. why should an honest, innocent regular taxpayer have to risk retaliation for pointing out abuses by city employees? it's shameful that you would think this is ok, and a disgrace that this is what its come to.

are you afraid of a crackdown on the rules? don't be, since even if this does get reported, there is no way this mayor will ever do anything about it. so you pathetic, overpaid, rule-breaking city workers have nothing to worry about.

Anonymous said...

4:47 - alas, woe is me, no one is listening to poor ole me - stop whining and do something rather than hiding behind mommy's apron strings before you get tangled up in them and strangle yourself.

Anonymous said...

10:50 poster, you sound like you are afraid of being turned in, was it you?

I know it was city workers because I was next to the window and saw the vehicles they drove (city vehicles driving around commercial parking lots during the workday get my attention), the vehicles clearly mark their departments, and I know it was an eatery because I was there, and I know it was romantic because I saw them holding hands when they got inside, and I know approixmately how long their date lasted because I was there and then left while they were still there, maybe they stayed there even longer.

I am not an idiot, I know what happens when you try and turn people in. I've been around a long time to know. One time I complained that the garbage men were making a mess when dumping my trash cans, leaving spilled garbage behind and leaving the cans in the street

then after that I complained, and instead of fixing the problem it just made it worse. They started to spill more garbage, they threw the cans all over the place, sometimes they skipped my house's trash entirely, and during the winter the street plows actually blocked my driveway with a big pile of snow from the street. I don't think these were accidents. So yes, I know what happens when you try and do the right thing and turn people in. Retaliation, intimidation, and border line criminal behavior.

If anyone has had similar expereicens then share them.

Anonymous said...

1:56

I complained about a dog situation and within two days my neighbor was at my door wanting to know why I complained.

Anonymous said...

8:06 ~ Maybe you should have spoken with the dog owner in person before you called them in?

Anonymous said...

There you people go again, blaming the victim. Don't blame the people who break the rules, and don't blame the city workers who did nothing about it and actually caused more problems by blabbing about the source of a complaint.

Anonymous said...

STOP sign at north end of North Main Street:
Spray painted, unsafe and been that way for weeks.

Anonymous said...

Traffic Control Sign Maureen Drive, vandalized.

kangaman said...

People amaze me, if your worried about retaliation, use *69, blocks your number, use a pay phone, write a letter
and don't use your name or return address... Can't fix a problem unless your willing to speak up about it... Cowboy up or ... Easy as that...How this got from the lack of maintenance to City property to the supposed infidelity of two City employees amazes me. Maybe these two were on a lunch break, Now if they were parked outside the Clarion I'd want pictures...lol

Anonymous said...

Rules are broken EVERYDAY by city employees. It's disgusting. They could get rid of 1/3 of all city employees and still have more than enough workers to get the jobs done.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't saying the employees were cheating on their families, but they were definitely cheating on the taxpayers.

Any anonymous complaint about these things won't go anywhere, I have already tried.

Anonymous said...

more than one married couple are employees of the city of bristol - why does everything have to reek of cynicism?

Anonymous said...

The point is that city employees, married or not, should not be meeting together on city time, using city vehicles to drive across town and meet up for extended periods.

If you as a taxpayer object to this practice and file a complaint, you will be retaliated against by city workers.

Anonymous said...

Don't mess with Art Ward (or his buddies).

Anonymous said...

3:07 - if you are really concerned, you will give an ernest effort to find out the details otherwise you are doing nothing other than exposing yourself to be the loser that you appear to be anyhow.

Anonymous said...

10:45 - these posters wouldn't know or care about the truth of the matter anyhow because then their fangs would fall out from lack of use.

Anonymous said...

So a concerned taxpayer who doesn't like city workers abusing their privileges is now called a "loser" because he doesn't want to be retaliated against for filing a complaint?

Anonymous said...

Traffic signs on Jerome Ave: vandalized and obliterated.

Traffic sign on Mix/Jerome Ave didden by brush.

Anonymous said...

City property on North Pond Street has become a dumping ground because of the tall weeds.

Anonymous said...

Mayor Ward, why don't you try to micro-manage these issues too!

Anonymous said...

Nah, Ward won't do anything about these issues, they don' create a PR opportunity.