Ted Siefer's City Hall: Driver's ed program had been run into the ditch
In her email, DeFrancis asked Dubisz if he intended to be at the school board meeting the next week.
Several complaints came in from parents. One said in an email that her son, who had saved money from a summer job to pay the driver's ed tuition, only received a partial refund. When he complained, she said she was told by administrators that a teacher had paid him the difference - in cash.
As for the audit, the administrators supplied the accounting firm with a 13-point list of areas to examine, focusing in large part on reconciling billed hours of instruction with the time that was logged in records.
In the I-told-you-so department, Ward 5 Alderman Ed Osborne doesn't like the latest tentative deal to sell the old Chestnut Street police station building. Not one bit.
"It's the biggest blunder in Manchester since I've been an alderman, and that's a long time," Osborne said in a voicemail he left not long after the aldermen voted on the deal.
Since then, three deals have fallen through, while the city has dealt with upkeep costs. It was first suggested that the building could fetch close to $2 million; the latest offer is for $749,000 - and now a chunk of the adjacent fire station lot is part of the deal.
He said it was time to hold a referendum on the building. "Let the people decide. This belongs to them, not us - and we can't seem to be able to give it away," he said.
Roll out the red carpet: It's time to name the winners of the Bright Ideas Award - given to city employees who come up with innovative notions on how to improve government efficiency and service. This year's winners are - drum roll please - Public Works officials Todd Connors and Chris Proulx.
In the end, the regulators OK'd rate structure that was more favorable to the city, which Clougherty estimated would save the city $500,000 a year - $11.3 million over 20 years.
Ted Siefer is the City Hall reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @tbsreporter.
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