Monthly Archives: December 2011

Stressed-out municipal budgets

via the Globe:

“These are challenging times,’’ said Michael V. O’Brien, the Worcester city manager. “The global economy, the national economy, and the regional economy have all suffered in the downturn, so the revenues aren’t there for the state to distribute.’’

Worcester has cut about 450 municipal jobs, including approximately 60 police officers, 60 firefighters, and 100 public works employees, since the recession began, O’Brien said. Unrestricted state aid to the city has

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been cut about 35 percent, from $58 million in fiscal 2008 to $38 million in the current fiscal year, the city manager added.

“We’re continuing to strap in,’’ O’Brien said. “For city government, we’ve got to prioritize. We’ve got to live within our means.’’

Dianne Williamson hit a pedestrian

To date, there have been 305 pedestrians struck by motor vehicles this year with 6 accidents resulting in fatalities.

In the past few months, WPD has seen fit to issue press releases about only six of the 300+ non-fatal accidents.

Two involved children who were treated in a hospital.

Two (1, 2) involved the WPD hitting pedestrians.  Both were treated in a hospital.

One involved someone who hit a man in a wheelchair…who was treated in a hospital.  (Sounding repetitive yet?)

The other involved a prominent local columnist and a pedestrian who did not need any medical treatment.

There will be no new additional information released at this time.