A reader wanted me to add the dates the e-mails were sent, so I did.
If you want a look at the sour relationship between Mayor Harry Tutunjian and the City Council check out these email exchanges between the mayor and councilmembers, mainly Councilman Bill Dunne about moving City Hall into the Dauchy Building.
Amazing really that it’s devolved into what it has. It’s also pretty funny with some really bad metaphors but some pretty good jabs too. For some reason I was cced on the exchange – well I know the reason and it’s so I will post them here.
So, for your weekend reading pleasure while I have to come up with some stuff to write for Monday’s print edition, I will oblige and post the exchange. There is worse things to do than come up with stuff to write about everyday – like trying to shoot the little bastard chipmunks that have found my house a home with a BB gun - but sometimes it’s not easy and it’s nice when others pick up the slack. Without further ado, the emails:
Council President Campana,
After listening to the final presentation of the feasibility of the Dauchy Building by Jack Waite last night I am curious as to the cost estimates you stated in The Record. Are these the final numbers estimated by Mr. Waite or are they your own estimates? Can you provide the information that was used to arrive at these numbers and exactly what would be done in the first $100,000 phase, then the second $200,000 phase?
What is the Council’s next step in this process? Since the study is over, has the Council determined that it will move to the Dauchy Building?
As always, I am available to meet with you to discuss your thoughts.
Harry J. Tutunjian
Mayor of Troy
I apologize for not getting back in touch with you sooner, but I have been devoting most of my time reassuring my dad that everything will work out Ok. We've been meeting with agencies who are assisting us with finding him suitable housing. Returning to his home is not an option, The Federal Government owns most of it now, anyway, We completed a reverse mortgage in order that my mother could be taken care of in her own home until her death. That precipitated the need for moving my father. I would not wish these circumstances on anyone, and I think what has happened to him is deplorable.
We will be planing to the move to the Dauchy Building. I recall that you wanted no part of this process and I appreciate your concern. The initial phase of the project does require a new roof, and some upgrades. The HVAC systems are functional and as part of Phase two, would be more closely assessed. Phase two is does not require any immediate action but needs to be included as part of an overall plan beyond the short term.
That's from Campana
I haven’t received a response to these questions from anyone yet.
I am told that you are spending considerable time using social media to advocate for the move. I would appreciate using some of your time to officially act on this matter.
Harry J. Tutunjian
Mayor of Troy
From Dunne to the mayor
You will get it in due time. As you recall you opted out of the process.
A second note
I e-mailed you a week ago and when the report is finalized I'll see you get a copy. We are merely awaiting some financial data from Joe Mazzariello so that the financial comparison will be complete. Perhaps next time, you accept the offers both Councilman Mark McGrath and I extended to stay engaged in the process.
As I mentioned in my recent email to Councilman Zalewski, I didn’t want to be a part of the feasibility study so that I wouldn’t be blamed for the outcome. I do want to know the results of the study that we spent $22,000 on. At the last meeting it was mentioned that the study was completed. I just want to see the report and the cost estimates.
I am told that you have been very actively governing on Facebook and discussing city business. In one of your posts you cite Sasaki’s numbers to purchase and rebuild the Verizon building and a neighboring property as a reason not to pursue the purchase of our current city hall. I find it interesting that you feel that the City should adhere to the recommendations of Sasaki when the Council has already disregarded your own consultant’s recommendation to purchase the Cinema Arts building.
From Dunne to the mayor
Your consultant is a very credible and compelling second source. Both Waite and Sasaki agree that the Dauchy Building makes a far better location for city hall, both as an economic development catalyst and in saving the taxpayers of this city millions. The experts are siding with us on the relocation 2-0.
The experts didn’t vote you into office. They get paid a lot of money to come up with ideas that may or may not be realistic or affordable.
You mean like signing the lease for the Verizon Building? You mean realistic and affordable like that? You can't take your ball and go home and then want back into the game. That ship sailed months ago. It's now time for us to fix your mistake. And you can't blame Dave Mitchell, you are the Mayor and the buck should have stopped with you.
The mayor responds
You are right Bill. The ship has sailed and I’m not on it. Bon Voyage. Look out for the icebergs ahead. I’ll be waiting here in the port in case you want to turn the ship around.
I am here in my office and working to keep this city moving forward, and you are governing from your computer. I hope you are proud of yourself and your colleagues. The next few weeks should be very interesting….
From now on, please contact me only if you want to conduct city business in a professional manner.
You contact us.
There you have it.
Labels: Campana, Dunne, Tutunjian