Tagged: Board of Mayor and Aldermen
October 29, 2013 at 5:51 PM #8127
Here’s the agenda. Seems routine, but time will tell. http://sire.manchesternh.gov/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=400&doctype=AGENDAOctober 29, 2013 at 7:15 PM #8128
Some guy just went off on Alderman Greazzo about something having to do with the dog park. Was coming back into the room. Wonder if he knows that Ald. Greazzo and the people he appeared critical of actually paid out of pocket to build the park. Funny how people who don’t pay for stuff think they’re entitled to dictate terms to those who do. No doubt a political stunt by a Bill Barry supporter.October 29, 2013 at 7:15 PM #8129
Mike Farley urging the board to send resolution to the legislature to restore full state funding for mental health services.October 29, 2013 at 7:17 PM #8130
Lisa Gravel of Ward 7 saying “thank God for the tax cap.” It will force the board to make decisions rather than increase taxes. Especially valuable now that we’re facing the ObamaCare Cadillac Tax for the city employees’ health plan.October 29, 2013 at 7:20 PM #8131
Mayor Gatsas addressing mental health issue. Saying he’s met with folks today regarding what can be done. State has facility on Hanover St. that may be able to handle 16 more beds. Elliot Hospital pays $550,000 per year to have Manchester Police Officer on duty 24/7. Because they’re a private facility, they have to pay the detail rate. Nothing that can be done.
Gatsas saying he’s meeting with state officials and will soon meet with Senate President Chuck Morse to find funding solution. Can’t wait another 6 months.October 29, 2013 at 7:23 PM #8132
O’Neil saying must act now. He knows the fellow that Ornelas. Doesn’t know what happened there, he’s a gentle man. Knew a relative of the Elliot Hospital worker that was assaulted by a mentally ill person. Can’t wait until the spring. If it’s affecting Manchester now, it’s affecting others. Wants resolution passed by the board urging the legislature to act now.
Gatsas saying that legislation doesn’t have to be passed or legislature reconvened. Fiscal Committee can act to move funding around.
O’Neil: That’s bandaids. We need it solved tomorrow. Defers to the board for a motion as he doesn’t know what the proper wording would be.October 29, 2013 at 7:24 PM #8133
As if by magic, Alderman Patrick Long asks the clerk to pass out a resolution to urge the state to action. It’s got all the official wording and everything.October 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM #8134
Ald. Levasseur saying that Orneals (probably spelling his name wrong) lost his job and probably couldn’t pay for his meds. Says the Welfare Department spends $700,000 on salaries. If they could have found a way to help him pay for his meds, he probably would have been fine.
It’s not an issue of enough beds for involuntary confinement in Concord at the state hospital. This is about whether or not people have the ability to get and take their medication. If I believe what I read in the paper, it’s that all the state hospital beds are full, not that there’s a funding issue.
If they’re not getting their medication and going to the Elliot because of it, then the Elliot should be doing something to take care of that need, not holding them until they can be sent to the state hospital. They don’t pay taxes and get a lot of support from the city.
Why isn’t there an executive from the Elliot to talk about this, to support this resolution.
If this came down to a bottle of pills for $30 bucks, then we’re failing our citizens or the safety net isn’t doing it’s job.
Why not send resolution to Concord about their downshifting of $5 million in retirement costs? We need teachers, police other things. Why send a resolution on this? I’ll vote for it because it’s nice, but it won’t solve the problem.
He actually made sense.October 29, 2013 at 7:33 PM #8135
Gatsas saying he’s not here to defend the Elliot. They want the same things we do. They have 19 beds and don’t have the ability to do more. Their employees are at risk and they’re afraid to go to work. Gets into details, hard to follow.October 29, 2013 at 7:36 PM #8136
Long: Agrees with the mayor that the senate can move quickly to apportion surplus funds, that nothing legislatively needs to happen and that’s why the resolution is necessary.
Elliot normally sees 8 to 10 mentally ill in emergency room per month, now seeing 48. The issue is the need for involuntary beds. These mentally ill are waiting in “inhumane conditions” for long periods of time in the Emergency Room, for days on end. State must act to add to it’s involuntary bed issue.October 29, 2013 at 7:38 PM #8137
Chief Mara answering questions from Levasseur.
We can’t make the Elliot hire more detail officers, but it’s not a police issue. The facilities cannot handle the situation. The people can’t just wait there for extended periods of time waiting to get to the state hospital. The environment is not conducive to the use.
The state really needs to change the way it’s handling this situation because policing cannot solve it.
(Mara’s won awards from mental health organizations, btw for the way he’s handled these issues.)October 29, 2013 at 7:42 PM #8138
O’Neil: There are long term issues that will only be solved by adding involuntary beds.
Gatsas: That’s what I said they’re doing on Hanover Street.
O’Neil: That’s not permanent and is far off.
Gatsas: No, it will be permanent and will be done by September.
O’Neil: “With staff and all that?
Gatsas: That’s what they said.
O’Neil: Well that’s still far off and we need to do something now. More involuntary beds in Concord. Oneales was a gentle man. Levasseur might be right that something else could have been done, but city welfare’s not the issue. More beds in Concord is.
Resolution adopted unanimously on a voice vote. Alderman Arnold absent. Levasseur grumbling that Gatsas only called for a roll call because Arnold wasn’t there (really?)
Will be sent to the state, all city hospitals, incl. Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and other cities in the state to build more support.October 29, 2013 at 7:44 PM #8139
Now under discussion:
Advising that the following departments and agencies work together to develop a new five year plan for the Economic Development Office:
· Citizen representatives
One from Wards 1-3; one from Ward 4-6; one from Ward 7-9; and
one from Wards 10-12
· Economic Development Director
· Manchester Development Corporation
· Chamber of Commerce
· Intown Manchester
· Planning and Community Development DepartmentOctober 29, 2013 at 7:48 PM #8140
Gatsas asking for the above item to be tabled to give the new economic development director time to clean the place out and get acclimated.
O’Neil saying the recommendations come from the audit that was done of the department. We can pass it now, but don’t have to put it into action to start developing the plan right now.
Long doesn’t have a problem tabling it, but believes the city should start developing a plan. He’s met with Craig, but not Ludwig yet and they have some people in mind who would be valuable for economic development.October 29, 2013 at 7:53 PM #8141
Ald. Shaw saying she supports the concept, but believes they should wait so that the new director can get up and running.
Levasseur: Don’t have enough people now to fill boards and commissions. We have an economic development committee now and should just stick with that until things are settled.
Roy moves to table, Levasseur seconds. Not accepted so others can speak at O’Neil’s request.
Shea says he didn’t bring it up for a lengthy conversation, just that he wanted the people in Wards 7, 8 and 9 to know what was going on. What the board wants to do with it is fine.
O’Neil says if Dyn walks in tomorrow and says they need help to add 200 jobs, is he going to say he has to clear his desk? No, he has to be on the job running now. He’s got to do the job.
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