Scirocco: Entitled to power?
As voters decide which candidates to vote for in the coming municipal elections we thought voters should be provided with as much information about their candidates as possible. Thus, we write this story not for personal vindication but public knowledge. We feel that both Republicans and Democrats would be concerned if their Public Works Commissioner used his public office for personal gain.
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Our second application, however, was approved with the condition that we submit an engineer-certified storm water management plan before constructing our one car garage. There were no guidelines provided by the Board as to what the plan should entail. The only condition was that the plan had to be approved by the city engineer, who reports directly to the Commissioner of Public Works – Skip Scirocco. According to our engineer, these plans are never required for small residential building applications because the impact is negligible. As such, our designer had never made such a plan before and when they sought advice from the city engineer, he could only provide examples of commercial plans. Furthermore, after our designer completed the plans, the city engineer did not return phone calls and did not provide any information about when the plans would be reviewed. All this time and effort for our designer (made no easier by no precedents) cost us more money and delayed our construction. When the evaluation and ultimate approval by the city engineer finally came, it clearly suggested that such a plan was not necessary in the first place.
These unnecessary demands had resulted in undue stress between the Sciroccos and us. In an effort to deflate the tension between us one of us spoke to Skip Scirocco. When our conversation turned to our garage application, Mr Scirocco stated “I could have stopped your garage if I wanted to, you know.” It was his sense of entitlement that we found most shocking. Rather than demonstrating his restraint, this confession struck us as a demonstration that Mr Scirocco felt he was entitled to the power to stop our garage for his personal reasons. In the same conversation he also mentioned that he had gotten his son a job in Public Works. Again, we suppose this is considered by Mr Scirocco to be an acceptable practice. For us his comments affirm the fact that he had used his political office for personal gain – in making our plans more difficult and costly and getting a family member a job – and he felt entitled to that power. We need people in public office that will not use their political position for their personal gain. Supporting records can be found at City Hall in the Department of Engineering.Kelly Grindstaff & Michael Mascarenhas
Forgive the sick color folks but it reminds me of Skips creepy campaign signs