Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Slipped through the cracks

Just amazing, absolutely amazing, the Fall River Office of Economic Development's contract with the city's Redevelopment Authority expired this past Sunday. I guess they call it Mother's Day for a reason.

Don't these people have any idea on how to set a reminder in MS Outlook or on their cell phone? Too high tech? How about just marking it down on a calendar or something?

Well we've got to be fair here and remember this just "slipped through the cracks". After all we have a new mayor and new board members. And we have to remember the Redevelopment Authority and the FROED are both involved in a lot of projects such as shorting downtown of parking, fouling up a downtown bus terminal, doing nothing to develop our waterfront, holding up the building of the BioPark, failing to submit an application for short sea shipping, and handing out tax breaks for any mom and pop shop that wants one.

For the love of God, how did they not know this was going to expire? C'mon, really.. I KNEW it was going to expire, you'd think the people directly involved would have a clue. It's not like this information is super secret and tough to come by. Fall River-tastic made me aware of this back in December! Should I send you the link Kenny?

So the good news is the contract has expired, the bad news is we're looking to put another one in place, short-term, until we get some bids submitted for a 3 year contract. The problem is who is going to bid? It seems we get the services of FROED for the bargain rate of $90,000 a year. That makes it tough for someone to submit a competitive bid, and tough to argue for handling all this 'in-house'. The problem with a bargain rate is you usually get what you paid for. And the reality is when you factor in monies that are earmarked for Fall River and handed over to FROED you're probably looking at 100's of thousands of dollars, not just 90k.

So the contract has expired. I think it's time we take a good hard look at the achievements and success of the FROED, because to be honest, I don't see a hell of a lot of economic development. Wasn't it Einstein who said that the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Maybe it's time to look outside the box and come up with a different approach to economic development here in Fall River.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was well known that contract expired on Mother's Day what a gift. I wonder if this contract can also be broken by the Mayor for breach of contract based on the performance of the Froed?

Anonymous said...

We should get a new group to run the redevelopment authority and not froed, come to think of it we should get a new non-profit involved with economic development instead of froed or replace ken fiola at the least. Odds are that Ken Fiola won't be replaced. The Boy Wonder Mayor Flanagan just doesn't have the stones to make decisions that would rock the boat and really change things. He is comfortable with each passing day becoming a part of the power structure he claimed to be fighting against. Of course taking all their money toward the end of the election signaled his demise as a reformer.

Anonymous said...

New Bedford does a good job of economic development along with non=profits maybe we should hire them.

Karam'sButtBoy said...

Don't start talking about anything that could cost Kenny his job. Don't believe me? Tell him to his face that this city could do better without him - he will try to get into a fistfight with you, proof that he is desperately holding on to a peach that he would never get anywhere else. And don't forget that since he puts less than five hours of actual work a week into his job, that leaves him 35 more to think of ways to defend his position - tough odds to over come. I mean seriously, if you got paid $140,000 a week just to defend your job, you would fight tooth and nail. Oh well, maybe he'll get run over by a bus that can't find the terminal and spare us all the need for someone to embarrass him by firing him. Oops! Better get ready for a brawl since I threatened his job!!! I'm ready!!!

Anonymous said...

It's $175,000 a year not $140,000 a week. Are you saying Ken Fiola shouldn't make more money then our Governor or the head of economic development for the entire state of Mass? How can you say this after seeing all the wonderful companies and jobs he has brought to Fall River? Our unemployment rate is one of the lowest in Mass!

Anonymous said...

Make sure he doesn't own stocks in the casino company.

Karam'sButtBoy said...

That was supposed to say $140,000 a year defending his job. The other $35,000 is a liberal estimate of how much actual work he does.

Anonymous said...

the reason they can't give a definite number on the jobs is you have subtract 1 for the job Fiola will get.