BRIDGEPORT — In the last few meetings of the City Council, the City Attorney has appeared with updates on the city’s controversial decision to hire developer Manuel “Manny” Moutinho to build an expensive driveway leading down to his own property.
The contract led to the firing and then retirement of Airport Manager John Ricci, for his alleged failure to disclose a business relationship with Moutinho.
But, despite the fact that a settlement that would keep the road from being torn up as directed by a judge is still in limbo, there was no such update. So moments before the meeting was set to adjourn, Council member John Olson said he had a question.
In two recent visits to the Stratford property, Olson, who has been one of the most outspoken critics of the driveway deal, noticed there were signs posted there stating that the taxpayer-funded gravel lane, which the city has stressed is not a driveway but an access road, was a “private road.”
“I’m a little curious about that,” Olson said. “It’s not a driveway. It’s an access road to four driveways.”
Olson asked whether the city attorney could explain the reason for the posting, which has been there since the driveway was first completed in June.
Mayor Bill Finch’s immediate response was: “The fair thing would be to allow the city to research the matter and get back to you.”
I guess we’ll have to stay tuned for next month’s update.