Cross-posted from Blue News Tribune.
I don’t often read the Lowell Sun. But it’s must-see this week.
LOWELL — For the most part, City Councilors were guarded yesterday in their comments regarding the city’s 10-page investigatory report regarding Ernest “Sandy” Ames, who was fired as the city’s chief plumbing and gas-fitting inspector last week, as well as Ames’ ties to their colleague, Councilor Alan Kazanjian.
Kazanjian, a real-estate developer, also owns the SAC Club, the Market Street bar at which Ames, 63, serves as president and manager.
We need to remember that this is just the proverbial appearance of impropriety.
Or maybe more than an appearance:
The report, written by City Solicitor Christine O’Connor concluded, and Ames admitted to, performing work for Kazanjian while he was being paid by the city. Ames also admitted to falsifying inspection records.
Perhaps the issue is good old Yankee frugality.
In light of findings outlined the report, City Councilor Jim Milinazzo, who has battled publicly with Kazanjian during the past few months, said he is concerned about Kazanjian’s involvement, implying that statements Kazanjian has made on the council floor regarding his desire to save money for the taxpayers are hypocritical.
Money is always worth saving, right? I mean, it’s not like they were talking about canceling an election.
Oh wait … they were.