Fitchburg mayor: Streelights may be t...

Fitchburg mayor: Streelights may be turned off to cover $340K s...

There are 75 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Oct 22, 2008, titled Fitchburg mayor: Streelights may be turned off to cover $340K s.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

The city has about $340,000 in unexpected expenses that have arisen since the council passed the budget earlier this year, Mayor Lisa Wong and her finance team told city councilors Tuesday night at City Hall.

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fitchburg resident

United States

#1 Oct 22, 2008
Shutting off street lights is not an acceptable solution unless we are just throwing in the towel on public safety!!!!
Jim

West Barnstable, MA

#2 Oct 22, 2008
terrible decision to turn off street lights, curfews will have to be next as the streets will be completely unsafe
DJB

Gardner, MA

#3 Oct 22, 2008
Get rid of Unitil and we'll probably save the 100k on the first months bill.
slc

Revere, MA

#5 Oct 22, 2008
wow, when will the National Guard be called in? crime is bad enough now in Fitchburg, this will just
escalate things to a new level.
Duke

Lowell, MA

#6 Oct 22, 2008
Why doesn't Wong take a pay cut? Turn the street lights off in Fitchburg????!!!! That has to be one of the funniest things I've heard in a long time. She still obviously doesn't know the city well enough.
Maurice Ronaldo - Mo Ron

Rockville, MD

#7 Oct 22, 2008
Well, if they just turn off the streetlights in the high crime areas like Main St., Water St., lower Cleghorn, what difference would it make?
Fitchburg Voter

Austin, TX

#8 Oct 22, 2008
Duke wrote:
Why doesn't Wong take a pay cut?
Actually she is trying to take a paycut, but it has to be approved by the city council. The only councilors who have spoken about it are against it.
just telling the truth

Westminster, MA

#9 Oct 22, 2008
First of all I have to laugh at the little gnome that calls himself "chief of Staff"? I heard he was told that he could not use that title? It should be chief of laugh! Admit it Mayor, you had no idea what you were getting yourself into when you took this job! You were wayyyyy over your head! I have really not seen any positive changes in the city since you took over. We are paying more for less,and by the way, how did the ex-super get a job making 50$ per hour? I thought that there was a hiring freeze on? not bad work, let's see 50x20 hours per week?, that is about 50 grand in my book.Stop lying to the public, will ya?
Teacher

Sterling, MA

#10 Oct 22, 2008
What? Shut off streets lights in FITCHBURG!!
We can't even make Fitchburg safe with them
on. I agree.....that is the stupidist suggestion I have ever heard and confirms that Wong should not be in office here. This is not Waltham it's Fitchburg - one city with highest crime rate in MA.
Resident

Berlin, MA

#11 Oct 22, 2008
OMG, street lights of in Fitchburg. That should just scare you half to death!
matt r

United States

#12 Oct 22, 2008
Thats a great idea. She should send city employees out to local fast food restaraunts and steal toilet paper for city owned buildings. She could also have all city employees spend one hour a day colledcting cans. Fitchburg is a joke and so is thier mayor. So glad I live in Leominster.
Jenn

Boston, MA

#13 Oct 22, 2008
HOW does this make ANY sense????
That has to be the stupidest thing i've ever heard!
Moparman

West Boylston, MA

#16 Oct 22, 2008
Well if they shut off street lights, it just tells you how much Unitil makes off the backs of the taxpayer, they take our tax money thru billing the city, then they send us huge electricity bills on top of that for our homes. Why hasn't anyone just plain sue'd these idiots for fair pricing. They flat out refuse to allow another electric company use the lines for distribution, isn't their laws against that, a monopoly if you will.

As far as the mayor goes, she was handed a tough hand to play, I certainly would not want that job, but I also see her doing things that are forcing people to just get up and move. When is the government going to relize that you can only draw water from the well so many times before it dries up all together. Offering to add taxes, some call them fee's, but any time you hand money to a government entity, it is a tax, look it up, when hard working people and families are already strapped, is plain ludicris. If I have to tighten my belt, the city needs to hunker down too. Not add taxes to raise revenue. If we need to cut some thing out of the school budget, then so be it, it needs to be done for our survival. Remember this, if you add a $100 yearly tax, plus fees on residents, say on a three family house, you will get the tenents to move out,-$300, plus you will have the owner sell the house, or worse walk away,-$3500 a year. Fact is, it costs more to tax, than tighten the belt. Hope I made sense on that.
Its All Wong

Fitchburg, MA

#17 Oct 22, 2008
Amazing way to fight crime...What a joke.
Major Mud

Townsend, MA

#18 Oct 22, 2008
Martial Law – has been declared in Fitchburg.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights a curfew will be imposed! At 8PM all civilians must be off the streets or face arrest.

Councilor Cool-Aide Cuddy, former top copper has declared that this is being done to save money and protect our youth.“One time as a cop…”

Effective January 1, 2008 all police patrols will cease in neighborhoods without a high crime rate, citizens are urged to form militia groups (disguised as neighborhood watch groups) checking ID’s of people seen out after dark.

Join the Citizen Guard of Fitchburg call the Mayor’s Office and speak with the Chief of Staff today! Ask not what your city can do for you but what you can do for your city!

P.S. Lights are going out, property tax will increase, recycle mandatory, and trash fee is next!!
Voice Of Reason

Bronx, NY

#19 Oct 22, 2008
How predictable all of these negative comments directed towards Wong and her administration are! This has to be the most misdirected stream of venom I've seen in weeks, and as we all know, there has been plenty of that to go around. First of all, this situation is not of her making. The roots to the fiscal problems we are having in Fitchburg go back close to 20 years. To think that any of the potential candidates in the mayoral race she won in a landslide would have been able to do what she has done with so little is lunacy? We have a balanced budget, something we desperately needed if we were to have any hopes of stabalizing the city finances in the interest of stopping the steady decline in our fiscal situation. Do not lose sight of the fact that with the current financial mess in the nation, and in Massachusetts, what was a bad playing field just got even muddier and slipperier than it already was. Does the blame for reduced state funds fall on Ms. Wong's capable shoulders? How much more 'secure' would you feel being told by Tom Donnelly or Ted DeSalvatore that there is a possibility we will need to reduce electrical usage by cutting back on street lights in a strategically planned way so as to retain public safety to the best of their ability? Got any misconceptions that it wouldn't have to happen under either of them? Wake up, we are living in a city in a very, very grave financial state! This will require work, and sacrifice to turn things around, made even more painful by the overall financial mess the nation is in. Throw stones all you want at the one person in decades who is actually DOING something about it, however unpopular, and will continue to do so. The truth is, we are lucky to have Lisa Wong in city hall. If you think of what could have been, what might have happended, had we voted in one of the parade of fools the usual 'suspects' represented, it would be a much more dire set of circumstances the collective group here would be throwing stones at! Strap in, it's going to be a long, bumpy ride!
****

Revere, MA

#20 Oct 22, 2008
I just got out of prison AND I'M GOING TO FITCHBURG!!
Sure

Shrewsbury, MA

#22 Oct 22, 2008
Major Mud wrote:
Martial Law – has been declared in Fitchburg.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights a curfew will be imposed! At 8PM all civilians must be off the streets or face arrest.
Councilor Cool-Aide Cuddy, former top copper has declared that this is being done to save money and protect our youth.“One time as a cop…”
Effective January 1, 2008 all police patrols will cease in neighborhoods without a high crime rate, citizens are urged to form militia groups (disguised as neighborhood watch groups) checking ID’s of people seen out after dark.
Join the Citizen Guard of Fitchburg call the Mayor’s Office and speak with the Chief of Staff today! Ask not what your city can do for you but what you can do for your city!
P.S. Lights are going out, property tax will increase, recycle mandatory, and trash fee is next!!
You forgot gated / armed entrances to the high crime areas, like border crossings...
KARL

Lowell, MA

#23 Oct 22, 2008
What a bright idea! lets give all the hookers and gang thugs more cover of darkness. Why dont you lay off all the cops while your at it.
After 30 years of living in fitchburg I think its time to move to leominster.
KARL

Lowell, MA

#24 Oct 22, 2008
To Voice of reason;

THANK GOD FOR THE 2ND AMENDMENT AND MY PERMIT TO CARRY CONCEALED WEAPONS!!!

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