Stamford Voters: Here Are The November Questions

Voters will be facing nine questions regarding numerous proposed changes to the city charter. Stamford Patch breaks down what you'll have before you in the voting booth.

A breakdown of what will be on the ballots can be found below. Votes can find the whole Charter with recommended changes appearing in red in this Charter Revision publication. It is also included as a PDF above. Here is the resolution presenting the nine questions. Finally, this document breaks down each and every recommendation by the Commission.

While voters can go through each of these documents, Stamford Patch is here to present the information all in one place.

Voter Question Number What it proposes or changes CRC Vote Number & Procedural Reference Recommendation wording examples (Some questions will refer to multiple instances of change) Question 1 Revise the Charter to make certain technical, grammatical, administrative and procedural changes and revisions. Vote 13, Audit Process "This recommendation would extend the Annual Audit Report delivery deadline by the BOF to the Mayor's Office and the BOR by one month, until October 31).(Currently it is due by September 30th.)" Question 2

Revise the Charter to create a single combined Fire Department including the following :

  1. Creating a single fire department composed of career and volunteer firefighters with a single Chief and single Fire Marshal.
  2. Creating the positions of Assistant Fire Chief for Career Services and Assistant Fire Chief for Volunteer Services.
  3. Acknowledging that the Volunteer Departments are an important component of the new combined Department.
Vote 115, Fire Department

"This recommendation would create a single fire department with a single chief with jurisdiction over all fire services training, standard operating procedures, assignments of personnel and allocation of other resources citywide. A combined fire fighting service would be created to be known as the "Stamford Fire Department" with a single Chief, two paid Assistant Chiefs (one for Career Services and the other for Volunteer Services)."

Question 3

Revise the Charter to establish, by Charter, the Water Pollution Control Authority and to ensure that the provisions concerning the WPCA comply with State law.

Vote 66, WPCA

"This recommendation would establish a new and separate Charter section recognizing the WPCA as an entity that exits by state statute and organized and managed by city ordinance. The WPCA shall, along with the aid and support of the Director of Operations, carry out its responsibilities."

Question 4

Revise the Charter to create a Historic Preservation Advisory Commission.

Vote 100, Historical Preservation

"This recommendation would establish an Historic Preservation Advisory Commission which would serve in an advisory role only to all land use boards. The composition, membership and method of appointment of the Commission will lie with an ordinance to be enacted by the BOR. (Currently there are no Charter provisions for an Historical Preservation Commission.)"

Question 5

Create, by Charter, a Board of Ethics and mandate a City Code of Ethics.

Vote number 110c, Board of Ethics

"This recommendation provides that the powers of the Board of Ethics are limited to investigate and adjudicate violations of the Code of Ethics brought to its attention."

Question 6

Revise the Charter to clarify that the Board of Finance's authority is limited to fiscal matters only.

Vote 9, Board of Finance limitations

"This recommendation would amend Charter Sec. C6-20-7 and C6-20-9 relating to the powers of the BOF to specifically limit the powers of the Board of Finance to only matters relating to fiscal policy and financial matters."

Question 7

Revise the Charter to limit the service of any one individual to a single elected position, excluding Constables.

Vote 70, limits on elected positions

"This recommendation would limit the service to one elected municipal position. (Currently there is no restriction on serving on multiple elected boards.)"

Question 8

Revise the Charter to add a Preamble to the Charter concerning Citizen's Rights.

Vote 140, Citizen's Rights

"This recommendation adds language as a Preamble to the Charter which would give citizens certain rights and access to city government and to participate in city government. (The current Charter is devoid of any language to provide citizens certain rights.)"

Question 9

Revise the Charter to change the term of office for Constables from two years to four years.

Vote 71, Constables

"This recommendation would change the term of constables from two to four years."

Carmen September 06, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Gladstone doesn't mention the prime issue which is safety. The main reason the question is on the ballot is volunteers haven't been able to respond adequately to fires and city firefighters have been responding to all fires in volunteer areas because volunteers can't. Glenbrook realized this years ago and turned over their area to the city. Are the volunteers placing a price on safety?
jonnycakes September 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM
vote no on question 2, the safety thing is a smokescreen being used by the union to scare people into voting for it. BTW carmen, you sound like a troll writing from one of the union firehouses, get back to work and stop wasting taxpayer money!!!
Mike September 06, 2012 at 05:47 PM
It's all about the money for Stamford Fire and Rescue, the more control they gain of the city, the more control of the taxpayers dollars they have. If they want to work together, let volunteers fill in shifts so that there is no overtime. Also, perhaps volunteers can fill some of the shifts so that no more members need to be hired. Fact is, Stamford Fire and Rescue has not made this city any safer than the Volunteers. Replacing volunteers with paid employees is like replacing our marines with merceneries. Stamford fire and Rescue said they could fill all of departments without hiring additional staff or using more of the taxpayers money, LET'S SEE IT IN WRITING!! IF they lie and do charge the taxpayers, I think we should hire a private organization to cover the fire districts for a reasonable price that the taxpayers of Stamford can afford.
Mike September 06, 2012 at 05:48 PM
The only comments for this charter revision have been from Stamford Fire and Rescue employees that don't even live in Stamford. Take your paycheck and go home.
Here we go September 06, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Guess the voluteers wouldn't haave to worry if they made 100% of their calls. Why is pavias plan called volunteer when it calls for paid firefighters? Why will those new drivers get 10k more then SFRD drivers? SFRD makes 100% of it's calls, volunteers by whitbreads own admission can barely make 80%...SOOOOOOO The fact is SFRD DOES make Stamford safer...
Here we go September 06, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Glenbrook and SFRD get along great. Glenbrook is a progressive department that understood it's first responsibility is to the tax payer for their safety. That's why they let SFRD in. Now they have 24\7 coverage and when they have volunteers, they can ride with engine 6 and take there own trucks as well. Glenbrook is a fine example of how a merger will work. Those guys are great to work with.
Stephen Gladstone September 07, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Carmen, like it or not Belltown has plenty of help and we have never missed a call. Getting more volunteers is not the problem for most of the departments... its having the funding to train them and get them gear. I shocked several people today telling them Belltown's annual operating budget is only $150,000 and no money at all for salaries. When Malloy cut our budget to $20 k annually we weren't sure where we'd get the money to pay the electric and gas. We have been hamstrung for years and never missed a call. Could we be better... sure if the money collected in our Fire District by the city (about) $900,000 a year) actually came to us we'd be fine. So would the other departments. The taxpayer's in the Volunteer districts have been paying for downtown's expenses for years and each year we have to grovel for our own funds.
Stephen Gladstone September 07, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Look, the bottom line is the Board of Reps took no action. It was outrageous that they punted. They dumped it on the Charter Revision Committee who did what they thought was best, but never looked at the costs involved. If and when the city charter gets changed... the cost of this One Chief , One Fire Department smokescreen will kill the taxpayers, force the city to hire more paid firefighters and the union will high five each other and laugh all the way to their homes in Trumbull, Stratford and beyond.
Here we go September 07, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Your " volunteer" fire department will cost over 8 million a year.... As for living out of town, whitbread lives in milford. So what's your point?
Here we go September 07, 2012 at 01:37 AM
...And Steve, I saw your opinion peice...how convienent you disabled the comment section so no one can talk about the cost involved in your plan. I saw you lied again about our benefits and pay scale. And left out how your drivers will be getting paid 10K more than SFRD drivers.
Carmen September 07, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Belltown has always had volunteers but they always accepted a paid driver; it's North Stamford who can't cover their calls. TOR used to complain they had to cover North Stamford because trucks were going out with one person. The Roxbury Rd station isnt covered most of the time. When the volunteers start admitting their short comings I'll start listening to them.
Stephen Gladstone September 07, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Please... Stamford Fire & Rescues pay scale and average benefits are public knowledge. Whenever I write something... You accuse me of being devious and lying but you cannot deny Chief Brown and Brendan have repeatedly said you guys have enough staff and budget to cover the entire city with no increase in taxes. Either that is a lie or you have too many men and too many companies for downtown. Each year SFR requests additional appropriations for overtime and shortfalls... face it what you are proposing for public safety will burden the taxpayers for many years to come and will cost a lot more than what the Mayor's plan proposed. But let's not fall back on the Mayor's plan. Let's start a more meaningful dialogue... how can a city this size get its complicated fire service to find a way to operate together and stop this ridiculous name calling and backstabbing. Stamford deserves better. Whitbread by the way is a Volunteer and cares greatly about TOR, he now lives elsewhere but he is not taking a salary out of town each day. Any other voluntary service someone performs is applauded... but to your union it is seen as another job someone could be hired to do to enlarge the membership pool. I have said to you I'm open to any dialogue, I'm hardly invisible... just keep it respectful.
Here we go September 07, 2012 at 02:52 AM
whitbread will be the chief of the volunteers, a paid position. as for us living out of town, over 75% of people living in fairfield county do not live in the town they work, so where the SFRD guys live ( or sanitation, teachers, lines and signs, office of operations.etc) has no bearing on whether or not SFRD provides better coverage. Your throwing crap at a wall to see if it sticks. AND, I might add, we are 10-15 guys down right now because of retirements. All mayor pavia has to do is fill the slots and overtime goes away...oh wait, he won't do that now, why is that???? HHMMM RIGHT! I get it. He NEEDS overtime to be up so he can use it as an excuse to push his plan. As for us covering up north... WE DO THAT NOW. So, you argument of people up north paying for us...the people down south are paying for us right now to cover up north. Listen Steve, you agressive minions like mike spewing some of the most ridiculous lies and anti union banter, who then in turn turns around and cries when someone calls him on it. Saying it's unions going after Vollies. SFRD has said repeatedly that we can , will and have been working with the volunteer companies. If your doing what your supposed to and making 100% of your calls, then you don't need paid guys. And if Belltown is making their calls, why would they want paid guys?
Ben Franklin September 07, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I just want to thank you "Here we go". You and all your colleagues at SFRD, Brendan and 786. You guys keep on commenting on everything fire service related and you continue to make complete asses of yourselves. I am a volunteer firefighter and I care a great deal for my department and community. I obviously care about the outcome of charter revision. So I love when you guys start making ridiculous statements. (i.e. your Mayor Pavia comment above). Don't you see your hurting your own cause? Everytime you shoot your mouth off the community sees your vitriol, they see your bitterness, and they see how you are really adversarial to people like me, people who live in this city and care not only about safety but about paying my bills and my mortgage. Shame on you and your cronies who continue to feed our citizens misinformation only to furthur your union's war on volunteerism. But don't stop! Keep the comments coming! Keep up the good work! We certainly appreciate it...
LD100 September 07, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Steve, I'm not sure it's fair to say the Board of reps punted on the fire issue. We all know the mayor tasked SFRD ( not the Union) to come up with a cost neutral plan. SFRD developed a cost neutral plan, since then the mayor has done everything in his power to bury the SFRD plan. Do you remember when the mayor threatened to fire the Assistant Fire Chief if he spoke to the board of reps? Every time OPM has presented cost documents to the board of reps the numbers were for a duplication of SFRD services in the volunteer districts. The cost neutral plan written by SFRD is not a duplication of services. So let's have an honest look at both plans.
Here we go September 07, 2012 at 08:39 PM
You might want to check Mikes comments if your worried about hurting your cause. Espescailly his bitterness and agression towards honest people trying to do the jobs they were hired to do. And it's your cronies who feed the mis information. I have told Steve and mike mutliple times. When ever I read one of their articles or comments and they lie, I will call them on it. No one is against volunteers as you say. It's not anyone fault but your own if you can't make 100% of your calls. Peter browns plan does not in anyway eliminate volunteers. The "volunteer" ( Means no paycheck by the way) would stay volunteer and SFRD would cover the paid portion. Now, if you don't want to be volunteer anymore you should take the test like everyone else in the city has to. But this is no war on volunteers. So, why don't you explain to the citizens why your plan give the drivers 10K more than SFRD drivers, if your so concerned about the tax payers. Why is it called a volunteer department when it is in fact a second paid department. Whos kidding who here Ben?
Here we go September 07, 2012 at 09:20 PM
And Ben, after re-reading your post i'd like to say something... No one ever questioned your dedication or your commitment to your community. I don't know how old you are or who your listening too ). Your looking at this soley from the perspective of, " if this plan doesn't go through we will all be done."....That is so patentley false. Ask yourself, how can that be? Your volunteers now, how will that change if your department is not allowed to hire paid guys? Will you stop being a volunteer? From the passion of your post I think not...I would hope not. Nothing changes for you. You still get to volunteer in a department your proud of. You also made a statement about paying your bills and your mortgage. How does being a volunteer pay any bills for you? Unless you were one of the people who were promised jobs in this plan, and if that's so, I have an honest question. Why shouldn't you have to take the same civil service test I had to and every other firefighter in stamford took to get a job. Everyone else, no matter where they live must take a civil service test to be hired for a job. Why shouldn't you?
Pete September 07, 2012 at 09:55 PM
If someone is a volunteer in the city of stamford and resident and votes no the ?2 then you obviously don't care about life safety and here we go said it best volunteers are putting prices on people's lives - come on guys open your eyes yes have pride have dedication but LIFE is first and no one can say anything about that - volunteering is great I was an active volly in Stamford and still go there once in awhile but when it comes down to it think about your family and friends let them get the coverage they deserve - people are going to keep bashing here we go - only because he's right and has wonderful points and obviously people get mad when someone else is right and doesn't want to know or hear the truth... Life saftey Guys! I think it's discussing that this is even going to be a vote it should just be a NO
see right through you September 12, 2012 at 01:34 AM
"Why shouldn't you have to take the same civil service test I had to and every other firefighter in stamford took to get a job. Everyone else, no matter where they live must take a civil service test to be hired for a job. Why shouldn't you?" lets get real there go go boy, tell the truth for once.not everyone had to take a test to get on sfrd. just ask the backdoor boys from gfd, bfd and tor. or did you conveniently forget about them. why dont you tell us what you promised those backdoor boys to sell out there departments? a hypocrit is a hypocrit and a liar is a liar and you are both.
Here we go September 12, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Those "backdoor guys" did take the civil service test for stamford. The big five were allowed to hire off the same list as SFRD. Which ever job you chose, SFRD or with one of the big five, after your apointment, your name was taken off the list. There were two districts, under seperate contracts. Malloy combined them, and when the contracts were combined, the employees up north were obsorbed into the SFRD. But they took the same test we did.
see right through you September 12, 2012 at 02:13 PM
cmon now hwg there you go distorting the truth again. any of the backdoor sellout boys hired before 1999 didnt take any civil service test to get there jobs let alone one for sfrd. get your story straight. just like the sellouts they are they sucked up to the volly cheifs to get there jobs. of course they stabbed those same chiefs right in the back once you promised them promotions, so they sucked up to sfrd instead. you guys were made for each other. and you guys got what you deserve with that lot.
Mike September 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM
The only people for the Union's plan are the Union employees, obviously it doesn't matter to them how much the taxpayers must give to foot the bill. I don't think we should be paying people to eat, drink and sleep 24/7 and who respond to maybe 1 major fire per year. Must be nice getting paid to do nothing, but don't you guys get bored??????
Jim September 14, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Hey mike you really are a piece of work - who cares how many fire Stamford gets a year or bad car accidents thank god not to many but you really should not talk anymore one day you are going to need SFRD , what your saying is pretty stupid in everyone's book let's see your saying just because Stamford isn't the FDNY and Barely gets fires we should have paid personell isn't that kind of stupid what if the city does what you want and takes away the paid guys and one day something happens to you and the volunteers decide not to show up to your house what are you going I nothing about then
Jim September 14, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Shouldn't have paid guys"
Jim September 14, 2012 at 08:09 PM
What are you going to say then mike? NOTHING and hopefully a thank you
Jim September 14, 2012 at 08:13 PM
And again your putting a price on people's lives honestly all of you people are very closed minded
Fire Debater October 11, 2012 at 03:26 AM
November 6th is comming up what should the vote be and why?
Helen November 07, 2012 at 02:26 AM
You crack me up. My husband works as a paid FF for 30 years in the volunteer district and you want to absorb them and make them go back to day one employee and lose there senority. Then you are going to shuffle your paid guys around. You talk about them not covering the districts. You couldn't even save 5 people 3 blocks from a firehouse. Then the house is immediately torn down. Smells fishy to me.
Jim November 09, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Wow you are a dumb cunt for that one
Craig Greer November 09, 2012 at 09:36 PM


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