This came in from an OIB friend in City Hall:
“One of the classified positions in city government that is mandated by the City Charter is the City Engineer. This position is a full-time job, and has not been filled on a permanent full-time basis since Barry Skinner retired unceremoniously. The state’s largest city filled this vacancy with a part-time ex-city employee who now works full-time at the University of Bridgeport.
“Having someone moonlighting as the city engineer does not meet the intent of, or conform to, the provisions of the City Charter. The job requires a professional engineer to be in City Hall eight hours a day and not someone working from a cell phone/answering machine, off hours out of their house or trunk or someplace else, and costing the city more on a part-time basis than it would cost if there was a full-time professional City Engineer in residence at City Hall.”
I know Barry Skinner a little bit. He was there during my two installations at City Hall 100,000 years ago. Skinner was not a pol. He went about his business so quietly that it was nice to have a non-pol answer a question with such dispassion and professionalism that hey (I thought to myself) not everyone on the city payroll must come for the Democratic Town Committee.
So, okay, I’ve asked City Hall what gives with Barry’s replacement. Still waiting to hear back.
Toast The Post
The Connecticut Post will soon be launching a new blog feature and my old employer has asked me to contribute. Basically, they’re asking folks that know a little bit about the city and the region to share their point of view so I will oblige a couple of times per week. Why? The Post has a reservoir of readers unfamiliar with us at OIB so it’s a way to drive traffic here while sharing my take on the city’s mysterious political community with Connecticut Post web readers. The Post is not compensating me.
The model the Post is following was created by Hearst’s mothership San Francisco Chronicle, and it’s a good one, reaching out to community leaders, decision makers, professionals, etc. to generate an informational give and take about how things work in their respective niche areas.
I will still be here every weekday (and sometimes on weekends) prying open the juicy stuff with all our OIB friends. So, when you see me over there, I’ll still be here, and yes, none of what I do here changes one bit. I still expect to get my stones broken by Yahooy, Bob from BePo and Joel Speedy Gonzalez.
Hot topics in Black Rock tonight including The Chimneys zoning issue concerning the group “IDEA” purchasing the highest assessed house in the city and converting it into a home for autistic kids. www.ideaonline.us will host an informational session tonight at 7 p.m. at the Norden Club. From the Black Rock Home Owners Association:
There are three strategic properties in Black Rock with development potential that will have a significant impact on our community. Join us for an open and positive discussion on the possibility for quality development at each of these sites:
1. Black Rock Art Center- City owned and located on 2838 Fairfield Avenue
2. St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church- Property borders Jetland and Brewster Streets
3. The Chimney’s- Located at the summit of Grover’s Hill. Note: A variance request to permit the establishment of a group living facility was recently submitted to the ZBA
Please take this opportunity to meet with your neighbors, share your thoughts and understand what the possibilities and potentials are for these properties. Quality development, consistent with zoning and neighborhood expectations and standards is the ultimate goal.
DATE: Wednesday, June 3rd
TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: The Black Rock Library, 2705 Fairfield Avenue
Guest Participants: Nancy Hadley, former Director of Bridgeport’s Office of Planning and Economic Development. Also, a representative from Bridgeport’s Office of Planning and Economic Development.