Challenge to Ryan
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Jan 07, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Challenge to Ryan

Stratford Gazette

It is reported that Lawrence Ryan took issue with the report of the engineering firm which recommended either that loose, possibly dangerous roofing material be identified and removed or the entire roof be removed.

It seems that Mr. Ryan is quick to criticize every step taken by the city with respect to the Cooper site. As Mr. Ryan is quick to point out, he was the owner for the Cooper site and therefore responsible for its maintenance and preservation for many years.

I challenge Mr. Ryan to explain: (1) What he did to preserve and maintain the building during his ownership? (2) If, why and how the integrity of the roof and building deteriorated during his ownership? (3) Whether he gutted and stripped the building of many integral and historical pieces? (4) What he did to ensure the security of the building? (5) Why there was a destructive fire during his period of ownership? (6) What he actually did as distinct from hallucinatory, grandiose, unrealized flights of fancy to develop the Cooper site? (7) Whether he is a resident of Stratford who pays taxes in Stratford or simply someone with a pecuniary interest he is intent to advance? (8) Apart from having been paid once by the City of Stratford for his interest in the Cooper site and seeking to regain ownership, what realistic proposal he has to develop the site for the benefit of the tax-paying citizens of the City of Stratford?

Once Mr. Ryan has satisfactorily answered these questions, then Mr. Ryan will have legitimate status to question the City of Stratford’s efforts to rehabilitate what was once before Mr. Ryan’s ownership, a functional building with structural integrity.

Paul Parlee


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