January 21, 2010

Charter panel delayed; Ward blames councilors

Blaming two city councilors who failed to submit nominees in time, Mayor Art Ward said he had to delay the creation of a charter revision commission until February.
That will give the new panel only a few months to recommend potential changes to the city government’s blueprint if its suggestions are going to wind up on this November’s ballot.
Ward said he wants the commission to weigh a few ideas, including the possible extension of the mayor’s term from two to four years, and to report to the council in time to let voters decide any recommendations this year.
“There’s not a lot of time,” Ward said, so the commission probably can’t have the sort of wide-ranging discussions that past panels have had.
The mayor refused to say which councilors failed to offer the name of someone to appoint to the seven-person panel, though he did say that Acting Mayor Ken Cockayne submitted one.
Several city insiders said the former city Councilor Craig Minor, an ardent support of a city manager, was among the names that were submitted.

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55 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ward sure has a good record of timely appointments, especially after he was so critical of others!

He could have appointed 4 or 5 and have gotten started,

What is his excuse with the Board of finance??

Three months during budget season?

Anonymous said...

Ward blames. What's new?

Anonymous said...

people need to wake up we need ken as our next mayor. enough of this getting nothing done and blaming the other guy. all you democrats in this city are a joke, spend spend spend that is your motto.

Anonymous said...

Ken is one of the biggest know nothings on the city council. Why would you want someone whose own mother sued the city. He's not out for anything good for the city, he just spouts out things that make no sense just to keep his name in the paper. Tell us one good thing he's really done for this city, I'd love to hear it.

Anonymous said...

Where's the transparency? Who dropped the ball Mayor Ward? If you are willing to make it publicly known that two councilors didn't do their jobs, the people of the community should know who they were!

My bet is on Matthews and Fuller. From what I've heard, Matthews has been missing meetings and the mayor is at wits end with her, which considering Art's wits, isn't tough to do.

Anonymous said...

Come on Zoppo, Give McCauley and Matthews name so the mayor can move this forward.

Anonymous said...

7:01 poster,

You just another bitter Union hack who is worried you might have to put a couple hours of actual work in.

Anonymous said...

Good JOb of leadership. Tell them to give you the names by a date and then never follow up. Then blame them because of it. Good jog for 100K per year. And the question is whos condo do I stay in on my FL vacations.

Anonymous said...

7:01

I agree 100%.

And I am a life long Republican!

Anonymous said...

All I know is that we need a leader....not a finger pointer. Time for change if you ask me.

Anonymous said...

7:01 you need to get your head out of your posterior. Cockayne is the ONLY one that has the courage to stand up for tax payers, stand up against excessive union greed ( which is probably who you are) and the courage to stand up against Ward or any other councilman if he believe he is right. If he could have it his way, people like JR and the bafoon firefighter would be gone, taxes would be lowered because contracts would not be so rich with legacy benefits and taxes would be cut accross the board.

Anonymous said...

The dems have Zoppo and Ken has MOMMY TELLING THEM WHAT TO DO. If ken learns to finish what he starts he may have a chance. Both he and Mills come up with ideas that go nowhere. the GOPis really scraping.

Anonymous said...

Standing up, if you think he is doing that, is one thing.

Getting something done is another.

Ken still doesn't know how to get things done!

A lotta hot air, and a media hound.

Anonymous said...

Matthews is in way over her head. In a very short time she had managed to distance herself from all she comes in contact with. And, now her actions are delaying this process.

Anonymous said...

6:33
Boy are you in a dream world.

Wake up and see what is ACTUALLY happening!

Anonymous said...

Ward, Cockayne, City Hall... zzzzz.
Tired of this negative stuff? Check out www.extrabigscoop.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Maybe Stortz wasn't so bad after all.

Anonymous said...

Matthewse submitted a name as did Mccauley & Block.

If the mayor says Cockayne submitted, then its Mills and Fuller who did not and is why he isn't giving them up since they are the only two who do what he says.

The real problem is that the mayor didn't like any of the names - and lo and behold, is now blaming others as to the reason he isn't taking action. What a surprise.

I heard that Craig's name was submitted by Block. Mccauley asked a guy form the Dem Town Cmte who is not a big Ward fan, and Mathewse asked a person from Forestville.

Anonymous said...

Why should cover up for people who cant do the job . Ward is the best Mayor we had.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Ward can't work with any council.

Fedup taxpayer said...

WARD IS ONLY LOOKING OUT FOR HIMSELF. WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP? DID HE REMIND THEM ABOUT THE APPOINTMENTS? HOW ABOUT NOMINATING OTHER NAMES WARD IF THEY WERE LATE. WARD LIKE TO BLAME, BLAME AND BLAME. HE DID IT WHEN STORTZ WAS MAYOR, NOW WARD IS DOING WORSE THEN STORTZ. PEOPLE IN THIS TOWN VOTED WARD BACK IN - GUESS WE ALL KNOW WHERE THEIR HEADS WERE!

Ward wasting money... said...

Ask Ward why he lets an appointed position person, paid for by taxpayers, leave the state for 6mos and still get paid!

Anonymous said...

"Tell them to give you the names by a date and then never follow up."

Gee, maybe he should tuck em in at night too? If they were asked for a name by certain date and didn't come through...shame on them.

Anonymous said...

"All I know is that we need a leader....not a finger pointer. Time for change if you ask me."
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Nobody asked you. If the council members didn't do what they were asked, that's not Ward's fault. He actually refused to name the slackers. Time for a change? Maybe in the city council.

Anonymous said...

4:25, Then again, maybe he was?

Anonymous said...

Stortz was the worst by far and made more enemies in two years because he tought he was better then you. In his little mind he was the best and did not have to take advice from anyone.

Anonymous said...

Bill Stortz you were the worst mayor Bristol ever had.

Anonymous said...

thank godf forr fart ward

Anonymous said...

I still say, bring back Stortz!

Anonymous said...

Story is that Ward wanted more Republicans: looks like they found their puppet!

Anonymous said...

Wonder who Ward is staying with in Florida? Could it be Damoto?

Anonymous said...

"DID HE REMIND THEM ABOUT THE APPOINTMENTS?"

WHAT THE HECK IS HE SUPPOSED TO BE, THEIR MOMMY??? COME ON NOW MR. STOR...OOPS, I MEAN "FEDUP TAX PAYER," GIVE IT UP ALREADY!

Anonymous said...

Ward might be staying with his buddy Richard, in Fla. After all Ward keeps him on the city payroll for nothing. Oops - I mean, yeah he keeps him on the city payroll so he can have a place to stay.
Ward looking out for himself and his buddies.

Anonymous said...

stortz you only impress the little old people not even your wife.

Anonymous said...

Hey 7:59 - suck it up!

Anonymous said...

12:40

Don't give Stortz credit for ALL the good responses.

Others of us can think too!

Anonymous said...

Ward DESERVES A VACATION and he doesnot need to stay at ones house, He is not a cheap bastard like some of you idiots are. Give him a break he works for all of us.He probably picks the republicans because they dont stab him in the back. You people need to start thinking before you try to insult people.

open said...

8:38, 12:26 and 7:59 - there is a novel way to find out where Ward stayed in Florida, when he gets back, grow some bal-s and go to his office and ask him, face to face.
I doubt that you will because ward has an OPEN door policy which will prevent you from being able to hide your ugly as-.

Anonymous said...

4:12, Nah, we know it's Bill. He repeats the same sorry comments over and over and over and over and over...

Anonymous said...

3:56 - well you should really know about sucking up - You are so far up Ward's butt you can't see the light of day.

Anonymous said...

Will we ever be told as to what names Ward reused to put up for appointment?

Or will it be secrecy as usual?

Anonymous said...

The problem is that Ward waste time reading these blogs. Otherwise, he will be ok going about the business of running the City.

Ward, please know that these are the few who will always complaint...
They have no business talking about what you do on your earned free time.

These people have "NO LIFE" because they spent too much time whining...

If they have a family...I feel sad for them... because they rather spent time here in this blog than with their families...go figure..

Anonymous said...

Stortz did not followed the rules...

That's why he will NEVER be a Mayor again.

Promise this...give his word for that...and forgot what is the right thing to do...people won't forget...

Know it..you are Never, never, are going to happen again!

Anonymous said...

7:29

What rule(s) did Stortz break?

PUT UP OR SHUT UP!

Anonymous said...

7:29

I AM IMPRESSD!

YOU MUST BE VERY POWERFUL (or think you are)

Anonymous said...

7:29

Such venom!

Anonymous said...

Dave needs to stop with the little stuff and start getting on the big stuff like managers big pay start with that dave.

Anonymous said...

7:29

soundsa like the only rule stortz broke is your rule, which is to do your bidding, and help you.

I applaud stortz for doing the right thing!

Anonymous said...

Stortz and Ward aka Dumb and Dimmer could never play by the rules much less obey them. Let them both go away thinking they DID well - Just please just go away far away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

1:01

And who would YOU pick?

Other than yourself.

Anonymous said...

oneohonesez, went to school with ken/c but also like c/block either one will make the other two timers look pale. Mass elections will show that no one is firmly entrenched forever.

Anonymous said...

BILL STORTZ YOU WERE ONE SORRY MAYOR. Bill runs around town kissing ass to get back in the loop. Bill your done wipe your face off and take a nap.

Anonymous said...

I'll take Stortz over Cockayne ANY and EVERY day of the week!

Anonymous said...

12;42

stortz NEVER kissed ass: that is why some people are pissed off at him.

Anonymous said...

53 these two guys love to talk but go nowhere . Stortz thinks he did a good job. Ken thinks he will be the next Mayor and he told his new best friend stortz he will make him his right hand.