This is going to be a fun week for water sports on the Bridgeport City Council. Bob Curwen, co-chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, is expected to submit a resolution dissolving the boards of the Bridgeport Port Authority and Water Pollution Control Authority and reassigning staff under the authority of the chief administrative officer.
Curwen is making the move in an effort to redirect and maximize revenues into the general fund, and restore the job cuts called for in Mayor Bill Finch’s budget. Curwen told OIB this morning that he understands he’ll have a fight on his hands from the executive branch. City Attorney Mark Anastasi will be weighing in on the legality of dissolving the boards that were created by council action.
Council member Bob Walsh suggested last week that legal obstacles make dissolving those boards easier said than done. My sense is Curwen is pushing Team Finch to become more creative and analytical of a submitted budget that calls for roughly 100 job eliminations to areas such as library staff and school-based health clinics, in addition to an approximate 10 percent tax hike.
Curwen pushes, Finch pushes back, and maybe the city ends up with a better budget in a tough year. The Bridgeport Port Authority generates more than $1 million in docking fees each year. Curwen wants those fees redirected in some fashion to help the city’s direct bottom line.
The council will submit its budget recommendations to Finch next week. He can accept it, play around with it, or veto it before returning it to the council for the setting of a final mil rate.
Get your life jackets ready!
State Rep Skinny
I’m hearing that City Councilman Ezequiel Santiago is Mitch “The Switch” Robles’ choice to fill the seat that Felipe Reinoso is giving up. But you never know with Mitch. Maybe the district leader will turn around and endorse Yahooy! Looks like Sly Salcedo’s still determined to push forward with a challenge. Sly will definitely make it fun. He’s bright, with a strong military and legal background, and doesn’t take himself too seriously. We need a few more like Sly running for office.
City Councilwoman Michelle Lyons (she did return my call and I missed it) looks like she’ll not challenge State Rep. Jack Hennessy in a primary, so I’m hearing. This isn’t a great year for council members to take on incumbents.
City Hall news release
Alternate Side of the Street Parking to Commence May 1st
Bridgeport residents asked to comply with posted signs
The City of Bridgeport’s Public Facilities Department has announced that it will, with the help of the Bridgeport Police Department, begin enforcing alternate-side-of-the-street parking in an effort to fully clean and maintain Bridgeport City streets. Residents are urged to heed posted signs on the streets.
“In order for the City to continue to positively grow and for our streets to be clean, our Public Facilities vehicles need access to the streets to sweep them,” explained Mayor Bill Finch (D-Bridgeport). “They cannot do their job if cars are in the way. We are asking for the public’s cooperation in making this possible so that we can all enjoy a greener, cleaner Bridgeport.”
The street sweeping schedule divides the city into three sections:
Red Section: The red section includes the area of the City north of North Avenue (Route 1), including North Avenue to the Trumbull Town Line between the Fairfield Town Line East to Route 8/25 and Seltsam Road. This area will be swept from the 1st to the 10th day of every month. (North End & North Side of City)
Blue Section: The blue section includes the area of the City south of North Avenue (Route 1), but not including North Avenue to Ash Creek and Waldemere Ave between Fairfield Town Line east to (but not including) Knowlton St, Water St and including south end of Main St. This area will be swept from the 11th to the 20th of every month. (West End, South Side & Black Rock)
Green Section: The green section includes the area of the City south of the Trumbull Town to Pleasure Beach between Beardsley Park, Glenwood Ave and Knowlton St (including Knowlton St) east to the Stratford Town Line. This area will be swept from the 21st to the last day of every month. (East End & East Side)
Violators will risk being ticketed and/or towed.