The Finance and Governance Committee met Tuesday to discuss funding resolution to come before the Common Council on Monday.
In one piece of business, Zoning Enforcement Officer Bruce Driska informed the F&G committee that a Newfield Street auto dealer wants to donate a used auto to be used as an official vehicle for the Zoning Enforcement Officer.
F&G chairman Ron Klattenburg asked Driska why the dealer was willing to make the donation.
"He thought it was a shame that an Assistant Director of the city was driving the kind of car I drive from the city fleet," Driska said. "And because of the way dealers buy cars, he can take a write-off."
Driska currently drives an older city fleet vehicle with nearly 200,000 miles on the odometer. The donated car only has about 70,000 miles on it.
"Let's be clear who's donating the car," committee member Gerry Daley said. "Is he involved in any upcoming enforcement issues?"
"He was involved in a recent issue," Driska said.
"He wasn't involved," interrupted committee member Phil Pessina said. "It was the property owner."
"And who's the property owner?" Daley asked.
"Phil Armetta," Pessina answered. "So it's the dealer donating the car, and not the individual involved in the enforcement issue."
Driska was recently involved in developing a mitigation plan to replace wetlands along Newfield Street filled by Armetta to expand the roadside parking lot for the car dealership. The Zoning Enforcement Officer is also responsible to assure that the mitigation plan ordered by the Inland Wetlands commission is put into effect. It was indicated at the meeting that as of May 1, Driska will become the new director of Emergency Managment, taking over the position from retiring director George Dunn.
"We need to make sure that the vehicle ownership is cleared," Pessina added.
Daley insisted that any auto accepted by the city had to have a cleared title. Police Chief Patrick McMahon, who was at the meeting to discuss funding of overtime hours on the force said that he would be sure the title was cleared.
The Common Council will vote on whether to accept the vehicle for the city at Monday's meeting.
It was not the only donated vehicle discussed. The Board of Education is donating a used pick-up truck to the Public Works Commission and the Council will also vote on whether to accept that vehicle at Monday's meeting.