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LETTER: East Haven Taxpayer Dollars 'Flushed Down the Pipe' at Splash Pad

"We are in a town when every penny counts but yet we see thousands being thrown out the door too often," East Haven resident Tony Purcell writes.

(Editor's Note: This letter was submitted on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 13, when there was the first frost of the fall season.)

To the Editor:

As I woke up this morning and saw frost on my windshield for the first time it is obvious summer has come to an end.

But yet when I took a walk down to the beach this morning it was hard to believe I saw the splash pad running, using thousands of gallons of water for what?

We are in a town when every penny counts but yet we see thousands being thrown out the door too often.

When will the proper management of these small issues come into play so we can actually see our town taxpayers' money being properly used and not flushed down the pipe as I saw this morning on a 40-degree morning.

This has come to an end — NOW.

Tony Purcell

Jacobo Arnez October 17, 2012 at 04:06 PM
It's so good to see Mr. Hoff in the roll of "voice of the Democratic Party" here in East Haven. He surely makes more sense than that worthless slim ball with ten fake names. Plus we get the added benefit of Mr. Hoff's uncanny and hilarious inability to spell. You get my " meaninng"? If not, he may have you "arresstted"! Yesterday I read this man be referred to as a "handi-dwarf" I don't know what that means but the phrase and Mr. Hoff are indeed funny.
Jacobo Arnez October 17, 2012 at 04:15 PM
x Q: What do you get when you put Mr. Hoff in the same room as Asmith? A: The need for extra strength Preparation H.
Richard Poulton October 17, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Gee, I wasn't aware that the R.P. had that much power. I always thought it was the submission of a statement in affidavit form, sent to a prosecutor for review of probable cause, then onto a judge for signing after he confirms proable cuase exists, an low and behold you get an arrest warrant. But I guess a political party can have someone arrested without going thru all that. But I guess Hoffy knows more.
Jacobo Arnez October 17, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Mr. Poulton, if you had a nickel for everything Mr Hoff knows, you sir would be a nickel short for a five cent candy.
Rosie October 17, 2012 at 04:43 PM
And while you're at it, ask April why she built this ridiculous splash park. It is a waste of the taxpayers money. I have lived in EH my entire life and have gone to the beach twice. My children have never gone...they'd rather go elsewhere. So, my tax dollars are being wasted because April and her crew did not install this correctly. I'd like to know what the water bill is, since I am paying for it. And, Mr. Hoff, also ask April why she INCREASED taxes. And do you even pay taxes? We know you don't own a car, how 'bout a house or condo? What a complete joke you are.
Jacobo Arnez October 17, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I would call Mr. Hoff an idiot, but that just seems to diminish real idiots like the DTC and his crew. If those clowns were a ball club, Mr. Hoff would be the towel boy.
Jacobo, I'm going to go off subject here for a minute simply because you did. Mr Cianelli has referenced people as cowards that hide behind their computers and bash anyone that doesn't agree with their political ideology I would say to that ths is America and people are entitled to their opinions. The real cowards are those people who choose to sit behind their keyboards clicking away and lashing out at the disabled. What I am refering to is the term "handi-dwarf" now while it does not bother me to discuss my being 5'5 1/2" because as long as my feet reach the floor it's not a problem for me I've been vertically challenged all my life but there are those out there that you and others using such terms may be personally offending. I would expect you to practice some decorum and show a level of respect for residents in our community and beyond that face life's daily challenges with the extra challenge of being disabled. I have no problem discussing my disabilites if it helps create a better for those in our community who are not so forthcoming because of the stigma attached when discussing their disabilites a stigma placed their by people who have shown themselves to be nothing more then cave dwelling neanderthals. Finally Jacobo have a great day playing with your "Slim Ball".
Jacobo Arnez October 17, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Coward....interesting word coward. You should know a lot about them yourself sir. You think Josy Wales is a coward? How about ASmith, he's a coward too, right? You yourself and "FBI needed", cowards. I hand it to you, for such a short little man, you are a pretty big fool.
Nah,...I saw the movie The Outlaw Josey Wales and can tell the diffeence between fiction and nonfiction. Perhaps this is something you should investigate and get better at doing. Have a day full of sunshine and may the bird of paradise bless you.
Jacobo Arnez October 17, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Yes sir I'm sure you can tell the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Sadly you can't tell the difference between your tongue and toilet paper. Here's wishing you a day full of it, too......
Nick Palladino October 17, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Richard, I was retired before the arrest of April, but you can belive that there was more to that then came out in the news. In all my years on the PD, if someone prevented me from doing my job, they were arrested right then on the spot. This was a little bid strange to me. But I was not there and that is just how I feel about it.
Richard Poulton October 17, 2012 at 06:45 PM
We all at one time or another have been placed in a situation that would have political consequences / overtones. At least I had anyway. Given the circumstances I am aware of anyway, I may have done the same thing when it involves such a high figure. But, as I said from what I know, the secretary confronted the officer first, was in his face so to speak. She would have been in cuffs before she knew what hit her. Then let the chips fall were they may. So, it is plausable that he wanted to calm the situation down, be professional, and put it on paper at a later time. I think that was the correct way to go. But why no warrant for the first instigator? Thats my question.
noname October 17, 2012 at 09:14 PM
To Hoff: Just for your info, no I was not screaming b/c she was wrong (learn to spell). I believe that neither you as a citizen nor anyone is allowed to interfere with police officers when performing their duty. As for my name...I believe I am allowed to call myself what I wish to on this site. Are you going to cry now b/c you can't know my name? You were told many times why you couldn't have the taxes rolled back. And, as much as I would like to see that happen, I could very well understand the reason which reverts back to the previous administration! You seem to know everyone's business except being knowledgeable about your own town! If you learn to read, it will help you with your spelling. Let it be known to you sir, that I do not scream..I behave like a lady therefore, I am treated like one. Thank you for asking. PS: Jacobo Arnez...you talk about "Fake" names...you should talk! For your infor that is the only name I use. I don't often comment b/c I can't stand all the cry babies!
Jacobo Arnez October 17, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Hey noname, not for nothing, but you just told my friend Hoff to READ! Might be a good idea for you to read also. I wasn't the one taking umbrage to "fake names".....hello, this IS a fake name! If you took a minute to absorb the comments here, you might realize I've been mostly speaking the same language as you.
Flowers October 17, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Sadly all the Indians and Eskimos have been frightened off by this hostile post stream. Everyone put away your rubber ducks and flippers till next year. The show is over.
Rosie October 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Do all you rocket scientists realize that it doesn't matter who is mayor, the public works department remains the same. They are union, civil service jobs. They are not assigned by the Mayor. Duh!
Rosie October 17, 2012 at 11:11 PM
I have complete respect for those that are disabled. I have several in my family who use wheelchairs, walkers, etc. But you are not disabled. You are just working the system to your own advantage, collecting a check meant for those who truly need it. You seem to have plenty of time and motivation to attend and comment on every event in town, yet you can't work? Your "daily challenge" is what to comment on today. Give me a break. No, my respect does not extend to people like you, the "fakers" of the world.
Ann Della Camera October 18, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Well said Pete, lets not forget who put the Splash Pad in and neglected to have the water recyclyed and puirified. How soon we forget. I agree there is so much hate on here, I have avoided being part of it. Most are the same losers that are still crying over a lost election. So Sad
Ann Della Camera October 18, 2012 at 04:36 AM
For someone who said I will not be blogging anymore, you sure seem to be here a lot Hoff. I know I am tired of you.
Penny Foyertawts October 18, 2012 at 03:20 PM
The splash pad is a terrific summer attraction for our town. My only question is with it being located less than 300' from L I Sound does it make sense to put some time and money into researching the benefit if one in pumping and filtering, and draining the water to and from the sound in an attempt to cut costly water bills. Residents swim in the sound all summer long. I also remember reading an article stating that the water @ the East Haven town beach was deemed to be 1 of the 10 cleanest waters...
ASmith October 18, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Why Mr. Jacobo guess you take umbrage to one of my comments. Was it that one bout the current police commission chair? ya know that fella that is a kissin up Mayor Jo(k)e? seems yall are right mighty touchy lately. Never met Mr. Hoff, sometime I ageee with him sometimes not sure what planet he is a writin from. Same goes for ya fella. But that's the good ole USA, we just a meltin pot of this and that and everythin in between. For the prep H, think ya should put some in the pc chair christmas stockin.
tkp October 19, 2012 at 03:21 AM
http://easthaven.patch.com/articles/town-council-approves-transfer-to-pay-east-haven-s-water-bill How short we forget were this money comes that we are wasting. Every penny save helps
Richard Poulton October 19, 2012 at 01:07 PM
So, according to the "tkp" info, the Patch reported the water bill basically doubled due to the splash pad. Great!
Norm Brody October 19, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I don't want to add fuel to the fire, but does anyone know if Public Works (or the BOE) has and uses a maintenance management software package to keep track of work orders, requests for service, phone complaints and recurring annual tasks?
Richard Poulton October 19, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Norm, just call the town engineers office (468-3250) and ask the question. Don't know if they will answer for B of E.
Norm Brody October 19, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Great, thanks.
Anthony M October 19, 2012 at 05:55 PM
That waste of money is thanks to April. Learn how to spell and use correct grammar. As far as the rollback, we have another year to go. April dug us in to a deep hole, people are just to misinformed to realize that.
Flowers October 20, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Why is everyone fussed about a water bill when the newly appointed principal at the high school is the son of a board member.
noname October 20, 2012 at 12:58 AM
To Jacobo Arnez: I give you my sincere apology since I sometimes get angry over some of these people who constantly complain and are never satisfied b/c their party is no longer in. I have never seen such childish behavior from some of these people who call themselves adults! I am an outsider from another town living here. Sometimes, I'm torn between laughing and being sad to know how childish some adults are. It's nice to be able to express our opinions, but let us not be cruel toward each other.
Rosie October 22, 2012 at 01:01 AM
What does that have to do with anything? And for that matter, are board members kids never supposed to advance, just because they are board members kids? In my opinion, Vin DeNuzzo is more than qualified and will do a better job than the last 2 that held the position. Those of us that actually know, know that Vin worked hard for this position and will do a great job. He advance just like anyone would get promoted in any company. Good for him. Good luck, Vin, you're gonna need it with some of the negative people around. I am sure you can and will hold your own.

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