It was Howard Wright that said: "Excuses are lies wrapped up in reasons."
This could never hold more true than right now in the city of Warwick, R.I.
The city of Warwick saga of excuses , lies and good spinning continues...
This would be the only time I give Mayor Avedisian recognition for being good at something... misleading the public. All anyone has to do is keep up and pay attention to the litany of blatant dishonesty by Mayor Scott Avedisian, and it's just astounding. There's almost a new excuse on a daily basis.
Today, it's about the city of Warwick being hit by a violation notice by RIDEM for failing -since 2003- to be in compliance with the state's mandatory stormwater RIPDES MS4 obligations. For over two years now, I have repeatedly witnessed excuse after excuse by the city to not adequately fund and staff all that has been necessary for our city to come into DEM compliance when it comes to our stormwater outfall mapping and pollution runoff testing.
The city made sure to force mandatory sewer connections down the throats of Warwick home owners who will be paying off the costs for years, if not for the rest of their lives, (with interest), but for the city to get it's act together when it comes to ensuring the reduction and/or elimination of stormwater run off pollution running into our streams, ponds and Bay, its excuses, excuses, excuses.
Yes, Mayor Avedisian, those that are paying attention know how you like to point your fingers in every direction other than right at yourself. It's amazing how you like to use the "recession" as your excuse over and over again when it comes to lack of environmental quality funding, but yet when it comes to municipal employees bonuses, signing your name on egregious union contracts (you exclusively negotiated and then prevented the City Council from reading before they voted on them), dropping hundreds of thousand of dollars- in a snap- on brand new municipal vehicles, taxing the Warwick citizenry for 16 straight years, increasing city spending year, after year, after year, etc..etc... you blame the lack of environmental funding on the recession.
How do you sleep at night?
Attached below is the "excuse letter" by Mayor Avedisian regarding Warwick facing heavy fines for not being in stormwater mapping and testing compliance by DEM, and also how the other cities and towns in the state are doing, here.
See, reality, shows that: "The majority of Rhode Island’s MS4s have adopted the ordinances or legal mechanisms necessary to implement the MS4 program in their community." but not Warwick... the city by the Bay. The Mayor knows how to pick your pockets to fund the city he helped bankrupt, increase spending and increase those Warwick Sewer Authority rates, but ensuring our beaches, streams, ponds and Bay are pollution free? Yeah, right...just more excuses.