Fire Department loses housing inspections in new city plan

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 29, 2010 - 6:35 PM

Minneapolis firefighters would continue to inspect larger apartment buildings and commercial buildings.

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sophie13May. 28, 1010:04 PM

The problem though in this case was not that there was an inadequate inspection, it was that there had not been an inspection of the rental property for 16 yrs. And as the Star Trib reports it had to do with budget issues. So it sounds like the city council is dancing around what they could have done differently. It sounds like a worthy amendment, but as its worded it does appear to attempt to place blame where it does not belong.

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SupervonMay. 28, 1010:19 PM

that's what should happen if the politicans were not trying to protect their cronies. Out on their ear. Period.

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marilynf63May. 29, 10 1:15 PM

this is a power play by rocco forte to become the cities new public safety director. he is a vey power hungry man, lets call it little mans syndrom, and will stop at nothing to have that power. the police department is next. he has a plan that he has been working on since he became head of regulatory services and the lake street fire just bolstered that plan. one of cief jackson's assistent chiefs is retireing in june and will be going back to work for forte/regulatory services in july to over see the fire inspectors. by the way he will be collecting his mfd pention and will be enrolled in the pera pention so he can double dip the cities pention rolls just as forte is doing.

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northatlastMay. 29, 1010:22 PM

answer: it does not. in fact it leaves the city wide open for lawsuits and chicanery by the political machine. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, a quote from the article..."This week, the city's firefighters union and the black firefighters association opposed shifting administration of inspections",,,,and you know what? they are right. This is just one more example of why Raymond T. is a dullard. He has no respect for hard working people. He sucks up to the SEIU and AFSCME, and yet gives short shrift to licensed employees such as fire fighters, police officers and inspectors that are actually experienced and licensed in thier trade/careers. Yet the central labor council kisses his behind. Does anyone believe for one second that the Regulatory Services Department will do a better job of this? I don't. they will be so bound up in red tape and politics that they will do 1/10th of the job. The mayor and the council are a disgrace to the city.

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karendavid816May. 31, 10 6:31 AM

When City Hall has a problem, it doesn't hold anyone accountable. Instead it is time to reorganize. When you reorganize someone always gets some responsibility they didn't have before. When that happens HR kicks in with a job study to find out how much more that person should now get paid. The person losing the responsibility never has a pay cut. Just watch over the next year. And five years from now could the Strib please put on their calendar of "to-do's" to do a follow up on this and see if inspections are being done. It's pretty clear the City Coordinator and elected officials won't.

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billkahnJun. 1, 10 7:04 AM

is a white paper from McKinsey & Company. Everyone can read it, we can all hem and haw a bit, city departments can look gung-ho about implementing its recommendations, and things can sink back to a normal level of dysfunction until the next sad story, when we all meet here to heckle and pontificate again. Or ... One job at a time until it is done. Property owners, city staff, everyone else, then perhaps we'll all get caught up on various messes to sail along on an even keel. Jobs, cash flow, healthy economic conditions can fix the fire traps, but this circus is entertaining until it all happens.

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celtman1Jun. 2, 1011:38 AM

Power play? Get real. Forte is handed additional responsibilities again & again because everything he touches is a raging success. DUH! As for his becoming the new Public Safety Director, that would be another raging success. He was in charge of Emergency Preparedness for quite some time before the I35 bridge collapse. Remember the incredible emergency response to that disaster? Why do you think that was? Get your head out of your...the clouds. Minneapolis got national accolades for that perfect, timely, effective, and ongoing response. The coordination, resources, equipment, personnel and training didn't "just happen"...FORTE PLANNED IT. BTW, as Fire Chief years ago, due to screwy State regulations, he was entitled to a retirement equal to that of a 1st year Firefighter. Hmmm, wonder why he left that? Finally, if all you can offer is a personal insult to him, then perhaps you should "Sit Down, Shup Up, & Don't Touch Nothin'". You should also consider taking an adult class in composition, spelling & grammer. Trust me, you need it.

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qrsmithApr. 20, 11 6:45 PM

Wow Celtman1, you so obviously work in Reg services, or are a Forte relative its hilarious! NOBODY under the rank of assistant chief, presently or retired, will say anything positive about the midget. Rocco Forte didn't rescue ANYONE from the 35w collapse. NONE of the equipment or specialized training he'd take credit for was utilized. Regular hard working Firefighters, and Police did that work, he just took the loins share of the credit...

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