TROY, N.Y. – A series of public hearings will be held by the Troy City Council after the City Engineer resigned over public safety issues.
Troy City Council President Rodney Wiltshire Jr., stated on Tuesday that it is the council’s responsibility to address the concerns with the public.
Russ Reeves resigned from his position in April. He described three projects he felt were a public safety issue which led to his resignation.
During a testimony, Reeves said the first project was a demolition of a building at the King Fuels site that was allegedly an uncontrolled collapse. The second issue was a high pressure gas main at the King Fuels site that workers ignored. The third project involved the demolition of a building adjacent to the Bombers Burrito Bar on King Street that was taken down in August 2013. Reeves was on vacation at the time. The fire chief ordered the demolition.
In a statement, Wiltshire said:
“At this point, the testimony has led us to infer that there is not only likely to be more to these stories, but also that organizational and structural problems lie at the heart of these basic public safety issues. We wish to see the administration's full cooperation and support.
A formal and fair process requires that we issue subpoenas in order to ensure that the information we elicit is fully public, comprehensive and without reservation. I hope that all council members and elected officials can stand beside me in a bipartisan manner as we get to the root of our problems and solve them.”
You can read the full statement from Wiltshire below.