Letter: Elect water management expert to Pittsfield City Council
For the past 2 1/2 years, I have tried to tell city residents what is right and wrong in city government on my television show on PCTV's Channel 16. My goal in running for city councilor-at-large is to insure that every taxpayer dollar spent is accounted for.
I am the co-inventor, designer and builder of the city's two Krofta water filtration plants, which saved the city's taxpayers and ratepayers more than $70 million. I built many other plants after Pittsfield, saving our clients hundreds of millions of dollars.
The city is being told by its consulting engineers that the water and sewer plants will need up to $200 million in upgrades. I say that figure is ridiculous. The city should put out a request for proposal (RFP) for consulting engineering companies that will review new technologies that can be used to address problems identified by the DEP and EPA at both the water and wastewater treatment plants.
The city should also recreate the water and sewer commission, but only engineers and scientists should be appointed to it. Pittsfield faces millions of dollars of potential upgrades, and only engineers and scientists can determine if these costs are acceptable.
If I am elected to the City Council I will be an expert on water and wastewater needs. The Council has no one with scientific and engineering knowledge and I will be able to guide members in making informed decisions on what we need to do at the two plants.
I am a decorated Vietnam veteran and at 70 years of age, I have dedicated the rest of my life to try to do the best I can for the greatest number of individuals in the city. Anyone who has seen my TV show (Monday at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 5:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.) know that I have many ideas to make our city better for everyone.
Having been a leader in any job I have ever had, I feel confident that I will be able to elevate councilors to be real advocates for the taxpayers and ratepayers of the city. I take this situation very seriously, and I ask for your support on Nov. 7.
Craig C. Gaetani,
The writer is a candidate for councilor at large.
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