Friday, August 20, 2010

The Sign

Ok, so Mayor Flanagan is getting involved in the affairs of the Zoning Board, which he defends as part of his pro-business stance and common sense approach. Now I just commented a bit about this in my last post, but that was due to the Mayor's belief that the board members he appoints should be on the same page with him, but there is something else about this that is troubling.

The whole issue stems for a neon sign, which apparently Robert Messier of Messier Motors wants to keep lit, on a lot he rents on Pleasant Street, 24 hours a day. Back in January the ZBA voted 4-1 to deny a variance to allow that. Mr. Messier says the sign is very important for advertising and Mayor Flanagan says not having the sign, "It potentially could put him out of business".

Mayor Flanagan says this is him just being pro-business. He says that we have to do everything we can to support the business community.

What I find puzzling here is why the Mayor is personally getting involved. The lot in question is an unmanned car lot. It's not like we're talking about a dealership with a dozen or so jobs involved. Mr. Messier is basically putting cars on a lot and if you're interested you give him a call. I'm not saying this makes him or his concerns less important but it does puzzle me why it would warrant the direct involvement of the Mayor.

Hey, if Mr. Messier feels he needs this sign and he can enlist the help of the Mayor, good for him. However a few months back I stopped at his lot when something caught my eye and after a quick look hoped in my car and drove away. It's not that I wasn't interested; it was that I couldn't be bothered to have to make a phone call and set up an appointment. I would imagine lots of people feel the same way and a sign isn't going to change that.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Could be because of a phone call from Hodgson to Flanagan:

10/13/2004 Messier, Robert F.
922 Dickinson St. Fall River, MA 02721 TO: Menard, Joan M. $100.00

11/3/2008 Messier, Jeanne E. (Retired, Retired)
922 Dickinson Street Fall River, MA 02721 TO: Hodgson, Thomas M. $100.00

11/14/2009 Messier, Jeanne E. (Retired, Retired)
922 Dickinson Street Fall River, MA 02721 TO: Hodgson, Thomas M. $450.00

4/8/2010 Messier, Jeanne E. (Retired, Retired)
922 Dickinson Street Fall River, MA 02721 TO: Hodgson, Thomas M. $200.00

Anonymous said...

When stuff like this happens, it is not a coincidence. Follow the money. Follow the money. Follow the money.

Anonymous said...

He has time to get involved in this and the home funds for his friends ????

Anonymous said...

This mayor is BLATANT about patronage jobs and paybacks. Government Center is PACKED with folks who worked on his campaign and donated money.

He is telling the businesses he can be bought if you call the right people.

This isn't Fall River, MA.

This is Fall River, NJ.

Anonymous said...

I thought it would take a few years before this mayoral administration became old schoolish and sick and diseased with the corrupt politics virus. I didn't think he would become like Bob Correia so soon but Mayor Torres is definitely one arrogant guy, maybe moreso than Bob-O.

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Anonymous said...

Where did you read that? Inquiring minds want to know.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:48 are you a certain city councilor, backing a state senate candidate, who is rumored to be behind this vicious lie. Apparently the polls are too close and a desperate pathetic candidate is getting worried, as voters aren't buying what he's trying to sell.

Lefty said...

Interesting comment but I need a verifiable source to allow it to stay.

Sorry.

Anonymous said...

Joe Justice and Will Justice, runninng our city... into the ground

Anonymous said...

my source is the docket list at fall river superior court. Call them or if you know coogan so well ask him about it he just testified last week. He was suppose to do work for a woman who had an account at fr municipal where he is on the baord. He took the money without her authority and then didnt do the work. hes luck he is only in civil court and not criminal. Christ the whole city knows this isnt a rumor.

Anonymous said...

wsar verified it wasnt a rumor and is waiting to report on the outcome of the civil case. Not that everyone necessarily considers them a reliable source. But they confirmed it with the court.

Anonymous said...

Really how about a reliable reporter from WSAR? How much will Keri get?

Anonymous said...

Well...since Keri hasn't been there for eons, not so much....you must be someone who has been asleep for a long, long time, Mr. Herren....sober up...lol

Also:
"Hey, if Mr. Messier feels he needs this sign and he can enlist the help of the Mayor, good for him."

Not really ok for someone to try to overeturn a clear 4-1 vote against his position by appealing to the Mayor> It's even worse for the Mayor to take control. This administration gets more hapless, helpless and downright skeevy with each passing day. Correia looks like an honest man in comparison!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure when all is said and done Mr. Coogan will fare much better than a candidate in this race did a few years back. Apparently this candidate is a slow learner, as back then his dealings with a city councilor got him in legal trouble. Fast forward to today and he is getting in bed with a current city councilor who is no stranger to the wrong end of the law.

Anonymous said...

and Mr Claddagh construction is a quick learner by getting in bed with mayor sylvanagan.

Anonymous said...

Registration # 129030
Name Michael COOGAN
City, State, Zip ASSONET, MA, 02702
Expiration Date 6/25/2009
Status Expired

Anonymous said...

COOGAN, TAMARA A. PRESIDENT
1 HIGH ST.
ASSONET, MA 02702 USA CLADDAGH CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC. 550807981 000830503

Anonymous said...

this rumor should be easy to verify


Fall River Municipal Credit Union

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael Shea, Chairman of the Board
David M. Machado, Vice-Chairman
Mildred C. Shaughnessy, Treasurer
Santi DiRuzza, Clerk of the Board
Michael Coogan
Nero Farias
Theodore J. Kaegael
James Machado
Richard Vasconcellos
Edward Walsh

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:42, how did your accusatons turn out? What does it say about candidate's leadership qualifications when he sends an incompetent to do his dirty work?

Anon 9:01, There is no rumor to verify, it's over, and there is no story. Hard to believe that two of the senate candidates, who have questionable histories themselves, would try to go with a smear campaign. Perhaps they have never heard about those who live in glass houses.

Anonymous said...

This isn't a rumor its an alleged crime. Call Fall River court civil clerks office and they will confirm that the judge has the case under advisement. No rumor just scandalous behavior of a self righteous candidate for State Senate

Anonymous said...

It's not an alleged crime if it is in civil court. Civics Fail.

Anonymous said...

Strange, the courts didn't find any evidence of a crime. Apparently your candidate will have to milk this non-story for as long as he can, as he has nothing of substance to run on.