Testimony given at Troy City Council hearing by former city engineer

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Updated: 4/29 10:30 pm

TROY, N.Y. – The former Troy City Engineer testified before the city council Tuesday.

Russ Reeves testified as part of a public hearing organized by the city council. During the hearing, he described three projects he felt were a public safety issue that led to him resigning in April 2014.

The first project was a demolition of a building at the King Fuels site that Reeves said was an uncontrolled collapse. The second issue was a high pressure gas main at the King Fuels site that workers ignored.

Reeves said National Grid contacted him and expressed their concerns regarding the pressure gas main.

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.

Reeves described these projects as a pattern of ignorance.

Reeves took questions for more than an hour. He occasionally declined to give names but did acknowledge the FBI had interviewed him. He confirmed he wasn’t the target of their investigation but wouldn’t give specifics.

A contractor and a developer were also called to testify Tuesday.

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