New Milford Mayor Pete Bass Explains Frustration: ‘You Didn’t F— Up Once, You Did it Twice’
There is a lot going on in New Milford, and it's not awesome at the moment.
The community is trying to recover in the wake of a roof fire at New Milford High School. I avoided this topic a bit because I was away when the fire took place and I'm playing catchup. According to WTNH, the fire took place on Tuesday, July 5th and six firefighters were injured while battling the blaze.
Since then, a lot has happened, NBC Connecticut says the contractors have been fired and the beginning of the school year will be delayed. But prior to those developments, there was a Municipal Building Committee Meeting on July 7th. Audio from that meeting was uploaded to Youtube by Captain Phoenix via the Mike Sennello Show.
In the video, you can hear New Milford Mayor Pete Bass say: "You didn't f--- up once, you did it twice." Bass told me that comment was directed at the contractors from United Roofing & Sheet Metal.
Once I got this video in hand, I knew I had to hear what Bass had to say about this, so we reached out to him on Tuesday (7/19/22). Bass agreed to join our sister station and told us, in part:
"The frustration began to build in because this is something that could have been absolutely avoided."
He went on to talk about safety, saying the results could have been much worse. Bass said:
"Then the realization was, that if this were to have happened the next day, we would have had 357 students in that school."
The Mayor told us that on the day of the fire, there were 37 students in the building. You can listen to that interview alongside his committee meeting comments below.
Can we all agree that Pete Bass is a local rock star? People love this dude and things like this only build on his popularity.
During our late morning interview with Mayor Bass, I received a text message on the Mobile App from Eric in Brookfield who wanted to know if I got a comment from the contractors on the matter. I have not spoken with them but I'm willing to hear their side of the story, if they want to come on the show.