Wednesday, October 14, 2009
An Overdue Tribute
Common Council members Gerry Daley and Phil Pessina called a tribute to former police captain Salvatore "Flash" Faraci, "a long overdue tribute." The Common Council voted, by acclaim to name the road which leads to the police firing range, Captain Salvatore "Flash" Faraci Road.
Faraci designed, planned and managed the building of the police firing range which opened in 1983, and was then, one of two town ranges in Connecticut. The range has now being shared with the FBI.
In other business, the Common Council voted a unanimous "nay" which, if a reverse parliamentary procedure, meant that they endorsed the contract that the Board of Education negotiated with Middletown teachers. The contract institutes a virtual freeze on salaries for teachers in contract year 2011, and an overall increase of $561,000 in salaries and $235,000 in one-time thousand dollar payments for the 420 teachers affected by the contract.
"A hard freeze on wages is a commendable contribution in helping to address the fiscal problems that the city, and in fact, all other governmental institutions will be facing," Daley said.
"$800,000 over a three year contract in our budget is really nothing at all," Council member Thomas Serra added.