Well hon, June 1 arrived over the weekend, and Cobina was wonderin’ like she does every every year how fast the summer is gonna go. It seems that each year we wake up on June 1 and have the whole summer awaiting us – not the real summer, but the one betwixt Memorial Day and Labor Day, when things are in summer mode – and before you know it, Sept. 1 rolls around and we wonder whereinhell it all went.
As yew are aware, we are headin’ into the graduation season for high schoolers. The college season is well-nigh over. We see that through some o’ the things coming to the office. And high schools of a private nature are graduating their seniors. The Notre Dame community did it this past weekend, and we see that other private schools are planning similar commencement exercises.
Our own kids in the public schools are looking toward next weekend or the weekend after for graduation, one of the earliest in a long time. That’s thanks to few if any snow days this past year. Tennyrate, the moral is: the summer is afoot, and enjoy it whilst we can.
Of course, June also means we’ve gone another month without any movement concerning the Haven that’s supposed to occupy the Water Street area. I know, I know, Cobina has been harpin’ on this thing for months, but this is a play we’ve seen before.
Robby Raven was here t’other day, and sez that even the businesses around the Elm Street area are wondering what in Samuel B. Hill is going on. The letter some of the proprietors got said things would be happening after March 1 – that was 90 days ago or more. Here we are in the foist week o’ June and it don’t look like much is happening one way or t’other.
Despite a press release concerning the final sale o’ property about a month ago, word is that even some of the denizens of the Actors Colony are beginning to wonder why things are soooo quiet. The developing company that is supposed to build the project are keeping things very close to the vest, and don’t like to publicize anything. As has happened in the past two or three “election cycles” those in City Hall are hoping something will happen before things heat up in the campaign season. It’s a great talking point effen yew have it, and a great talking point for the opposition effen yew don’t.
Whilst that is going on, we see that another developer at the other end of Elm Street has taken a walking tour of the former Stiles School. As yew might remember, the building was sold with great fanfare a couple weeks back. The idea as I understand it is some type of mixed use, but we remaking the building into a domicile. That’s what happens to most those buildings.
I guess at this pernt, anything that puts the former school building on the tax rolls is what is important. We’ll see what transpires, soon enuff.
Cobina got this little note from an interested party, and thought she’d share it with yew. I’ll relate why this is so impawtant after yew read it:
Here is a little fun fact for you to ponder: It took the framers of the Constitution of the United States 116 days to create a nation. As of today the City of West Havens Corporation Counsel legal team is approaching 100 days and still has not completed the task of reviewing 32 pages of the recommended changes of the Charter Revision Commission. Some are wondering if the commission is getting sandbagged by the city`s legal team as the July deadline looms large, and if so at the behest of who???? Only the Shadow knows. The commission chairman and the City Council Chairman are both standing by anxiously awaiting this report, which may still require some tweaks prior to the public hearing as required by statute. Word is both chairmen are in constant contact and seem prepared to work together in hope of getting this to the people.0
Imagine that, two strangers from opposite political backgrounds willing to work together on behalf of the people, in this city? state? country? Hopefully, it’s a new trend.
Why, might yew ask is the above so important? Well, the Charter Commish is supposed to hand over its findings by July 6. At this writing that is exactly one month hence. That means the City Council is supposed to peruse the report after the barristers git there say.
The barristers in this case have had the better part of two months to look over what was sent. Time is wastin’, and those of us who’ve seen previous charter revisions and the way they are stonewalled by the powers that be are beginning to git concerned.
The good news is both the chairman of the commish and chairman of the council are concerned about the slowness.
Effen yew remember back in the last two charter revisions attempts, things were proposed that the politicos didn’t like. Various reasons were given, but the typical answer really was, “we don’t want you to change the status quo.”
Well, effen I’m hearing things right, not only has this commission upended the status quo, some things will be unrecognizable if and when the proposals are accepted.
Sooooo, given that these proposals might be dangerous to the ruling classes, there are fears that, once again, the process is being hijacked.
Meanwhile, Madame Olga came by and joshed Cobina. “I went by Beach Street, Bee (she calls me Bee), and nary a thing has happened over there either – except the For Sale signs are starting to show some age.”
Ain’t she right. It seems that no matter what we try to do around here, nothing seems to git done. Beach Street is languishing, when it should be one o’ the hottest areas in town. Who can explain it.
Natchurly, the wag had something to say when he came in, and he’s wondering when the MARB is gonna pull the trigger on the budget. They are supposed to meet this week, I think, and maybe that is when we’ll hear. As I’ve been sayin’ for weeks, the lending institutions and credit unions hafta have an idea of what is gonna happen to their mortgage-carriers.
Without a budget that is approved, and a mill rate that lets everyone know what they’re charged for the next year, things are a bit outta kilter. Everyone is hoping the proposed mill rate – which will be higher than the flat rate herronner gave in her nixed budget – will come out so the suspense can stop, and people know what they owe.
Regardless for some, the fack that MARB is gonna raise taxes has given some homeowners the impetus to put signs up and git whilst the getting’ is good. Unfortunately, we might be passed that pernt. With taxes going well past 51 when the fire taxes are melded in, people aren’t looking to stay in this berg. They are lookin’ elsewhere.
That doesn’t bode well for us in the future. That’s for sure.
With that bit o’ chatter, I’ll close this week till next mitt luff und kizzez,