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What Price Do We Pay for Quality Leadership in Springfield?

What Price Do We Pay for Quality Leadership in Springfield?

It seems every couple years the subject of a mayoral pay raise comes up in the Springfield City Council. Earlier this year, the Springfield Chamber of Commerce recommended the city raise the Mayor’s salary to $135,000. That’s 40K more than Mayor Domenic Sarno’s current salary of $95,000. This past month, the City Council’s Finance Committee […]

Eager Politicians Eye Casino Pot O’ Gold

With the date drawing closer to a referendum on any proposed casino in Springfield, the City Council’s self-anointed Casino Site Committee heard from casino consultant Shefsky & Froelich Inc. last week on how best to allocate Host Agreement funding for community investments. According to a story in the Republican by Jack Flynn, Shefsky & Froelich […]

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Trash Fee Increase Passes City Council Vote… But to What End?

So what will be their plan for next year? Monday night the Springfield City Council voted to increase the city’s trash fee by $15 per barrel – an amount $5 over Mayor Domenic Sarno’s requested $10 increase for Fiscal Year 2013. Voting in favor of the $15 increase were City Councilors Tim Allen, Thomas Ashe, […]

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Study Suggests Springfield Could Save Money By Using Fuel Reimbursement in Place of Take-Home Vehicles

From a five-vehicle, six-month study released by the City Comptroller’s Office earlier this month, the office concluded that the City of Springfield could have saved an estimated $3,519.82 during that time by reimbursing city employees for fuel consumption using their personal cars rather than providing city vehicles for take-home use.

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Springfield’s Diversion of Trash Fee Funds Spells Trouble Down the Road

The Springfield City Council on July 3 voted in favor of a $15 per-barrel increase in the city’s trash fee for Fiscal Year 2013. The vote was preliminary, with a second vote confirming the increase scheduled for July 16, according to a Republican story on the first vote. A final vote would then follow. The […]

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Springfield City Council Passes FY2013 Budget

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget was passed by the City Council this week by a vote of 8 to 4, with one absent councilor. The vote went down as such: Yes – Councilors Tom Ashe, Clodo Concepcion, Melvin Edwards, Jimmy Ferrera, Zaida Luna, Tim Rooke, Kenneth Shea, and Bud L. Williams. No […]

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Business as Usual: Plante Gets Extension, Coconuts Reminds Patrons of 1AM Closing, Ingram Stays in MA

FINANCE HEAD T. J. PLANTE GETS ONE-YEAR EXTENSION Strange goings-on at Springfield City Hall last week as the School Committee joyously extended the contract of the School Department’s finance director, Timothy J. Plante, who is also pulling double duty as the city’s finance chief. “A multitude of bosses including Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Superintendent […]

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