This is about CodeRED alert system in North Adams, regarding Hurricane Sandy. Who was at the helm? Lumpy or Barney Fife? Nip it. We were very lucky to have dodged the bullet, but where was our new $30,000-$40,000 system delivering crucial information quickly to targeted areas of the public?
The mayor disagrees with some of the public over officials being over-prepared for the storm. I disagree with him: More should have been done using CodeRED.
Oh, I forgot, maybe just the eight genies of the bottle were called. However, everyone I have talked to from different parts of the city all say "no call." Nothing about the sand at St. Anthony’s parking lot until Monday’s paper. No notification to neighborhoods regarding down power lines, trees, power outages or even road closings.
This was the perfect opportunity to test the new system. I’ll give it a "D." And not the benefit of the doubt, meaning the party who did not draft the report will be given the benefit of the doubt, and that’s me, not them. It needs to be re-tweeted over again. Just maybe our fine City Councilor Bona could help with his "pin-pointed street light aerial maps."
What you see today is the failure of accountability and transparency by our local public officials at its finest hour. Ask no questions, it’s just unaccountable with all of the lead time we had before this storm.
This is not in, nor should this be taken in a negative fashion. It isn’t about a personal criticism, merely about the possibility of change or tweeting the problem for the community.
When you need to correct this mess, Mr. Mayor, just give me a call and I’ll be more then glad to help.
Just my two cents.