Bob Horton’s weekly column in the Greenwich Time is not only the only thing worth reading in that rag, it’s informative and extremely well written (why not? Unlike me, and certainly his colleagues at that paper, he’s a professional). In Friday’s column, posted on line days after publication for reasons known best to the editors, he reveals the petty shenanigans Peter Tesei is playing with our Harbor Master, ranging from refusing to give him an office, hiding the keys to the town boat and so forth.
Why is Tesei doing his best to prevent the Harbor Master from doing his job? Because, boo hoo, Peter wanted someone else for the position and that mean ol’ Frankie Fudrucker persuaded the Democrat Governor to appoint someone else. The Harbor Master has a range of responsibilities, all detailed in Horton’s column, but keeping track of and assigning moorings is an important one. Tesei has made it impossible to do that, presumably so that he can come back a few years from now and complain that Governor Malloy’s appointment isn’t up to the job. I have no dog in this fight – I own a kayak and sail only OPBs (that would be, “Other People’s Boats”, the most affordable way to sail). But I know from moorings, I know what a lousy harbor master we had before and I know what the current one, Ian Macmillan is capable of doing. That Tesei can find time to screw around with a $600 a year position just from spite speaks poorly of the man.
Macmillan sympathizes with vendors and contractors who are confused by seemingly conflicting information and duplicative regulations.
“A big part of my job is communication. In fact, the town website directs people to my office if they have any questions about moorings. Only one problem, the town won’t give me an office, so I’m working from my cellphone,” Macmillan said.
“The town will not give me any of the tools I need. I inherited a broken system and no one seems interested in fixing it,” the harbor master added.
Requests for comments from Tesei and Crary went unanswered.
“The town wants me involved in its mooring application process. It even lists me on the application. How am I supposed to access that system and keep track of everything without an office?”
The town also inexplicably dragged its feet giving Macmillan the keys to the harbor master’s boat, a small Boston Whaler that had been used for several years by the previous harbor master. The irony here is that one of the major criticisms levied by Tesei against the previous harbor master was that he did not spend enough time on the water.
“I asked for weeks and weeks to get the boat. Finally I get the keys, and the battery is dead, the bottom is filthy, and some key safety equipment was missing,” Macmillan said.