Ted Siefer's City Hall: It was all about chickens, alleged threats and nocturnal wanderings
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Arguably the main event at Tuesday's meeting was the latest bout between Alderman-at-Large Joe Kelly Levasseur, former Alderman Phil Greazzo, and their respective allies.
But the drama preceded the opening of the meeting. Much earlier in the day, around 4 a.m., Girard had spied Hopwood planting a Levasseur campaign sign outside the studio where Girard broadcasts his show. Apparently, Girard surmised on his show, "Hopwood doesn't realize how early we get up every Monday through Friday to report on fools like him."
Hopwood alleges that Girard threatened him, saying, "Have the (insert vulgarity) to go at it man to man."
Hopwood did file a report with the Manchester police against Girard the following day. Hopwood says he's not interested in pressing charges, but he told me, "I filed a report because I believe he's a danger to me."
He said in an email that Hopwood "is looking to deflect attention away from his own childish behavior. . If he did actually file a report, I will consider pressing charges for filing a false one."
Besides the speechifying during the comment period at Tuesday's meeting, the aldermen also had to consider the latest attempt by Greazzo to get Levasseur sent to the Conduct Board or, even better, booted off the board.
The motion to dismiss Greazzo's letter was made by Ward 12 Alderman Keith Hirschmann, an ally of Levasseur, and seconding the motion was Levasseur himself. Some observers later insisted this was a brazen conflict of interest. The charter says city officials are not to participate in any decision in which they have a financial or personal interest.
"I didn't create this situation," Greazzo said in an email. "It was created by the repeated pattern of a pathological liar, and I seem to be the only one in the past 15 years who won't shrug it off as someone's quirky behavior."
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