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Tuesday, December 22

Bits from City Hall

It was a cold weekend here in Saratoga Springs. The seasonal weather seems to have had a subduing effect on citizens in the city, as we are now into the second day without any arrests in the city.

Perhaps the holiday spirit has moved us all to cooperate and get along for a bit.

Tomorrow should see the appointment of a new Fire Chief, which should be exciting. Apparently it's a down-to-the-wire race between two candidates, and Commissioner Kim will likely hold off on his decision until the last moment. There does, however, seem to be a lot less political controversy surrounding this appointment than there was during the process of appointing Chris Cole to the the chief of police.

The most interesting to come out of City Hall today, however, is the installation of a gate at the entrance to the mayor's office. Now, when you walk in the office door, instead of entering directly into the main office, you'll be stopped at a swinging gate, about waist high. I'm not a fan of the new addition, but apparently that Mayor's office was the last in the building not to have such a partition. So it goes.

Finally, Mayor Scott Johnson spent a good chunk of the day in mediation with the PBA. No word yet on how the session went/is going, but hopefully there will be some progress announced on that front soon. It is nearly a year since the contract expired.


Blogger demroc said...

oh, maybe they'll get something worked out. thanks for the bernstein bump, regarding the blog.

December 22, 2009 at 7:40 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should have called this the ScallaGate. Hopfully this will keep the Deputy Mayor and City Attorney from chasing any more people, from the public and city hall into the hallway, and well enough said

December 23, 2009 at 12:33 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost one year ago, the Mayor took over all negotiations with city employee contracts. The results seem to be as follows. Nothing done with DPW, and little or nothing in terms of results with the other five unions. Police and Fire? I've heard nothing. By the way, he has his deputy and the city attorney allegedly working on this as well.
Now he threatens to take over the management of DPW! Judging by his lack of success with the budget from nowhere, he needs to prove to us that he can handle his own little department before he arrogantly moves to other venues.

Thanks to the mayor and commrs. Franck and Ivins We have on the west side between the division street school and the hospital two unattended six thousand gallon tanks of gasoline and diesel fuel.
These tanks are above ground in a three sided shed. Where is the venerable risk manager in this? The fire dept I am sure would not approve of this!

February 5, 2010 at 12:06 PM 

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