Money Wasted

Lake Worth Utilities
Waste Meter
... for an arc flash study that Mr. Reyes was qualified to do in house and at no cost to taxpayers.
... the estimated engineering cost of the express feeder which could also be done in house at no cost to taxpayers.
... wasted when insurance requirements were circumvented by the city manager and utility director.
... wasted when plant manager Dave Mulvay’s first attempt at writing a scope of work contained a defect that cost taxpayers an extra $123,098 for tainting the bidding process and giving unfair advantage to one bidder over another. - April 2009
... wasted when the Matrix organizational study to save taxpayers money was scrapped in favor of higher cost outsourcing by city manager Stanton.
... wasted engineering design cost of water piping and tanks (original county water deal) that will never be built.
... wasted when additional costs were incurred for not following insurance procedure on transformer repair.
... wasted when the commission unanimously voted to order transformers when we had equivalent replacements already in stock since the upgrade. - 15 Sep. 2009
Total Taxpayer Dollars Wasted:

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  A message To the 82...
Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 10:45:47 EST by admin

Lake Worth

A message

To the 82…

I want to personally thank every one of you for your support during the last election. Your willingness to support the Democracy Project for making government work better by giving the people a voice... is truly a patriotic gesture of good will toward all. I am honored by your vote because it was one of dedication to the inherent goodness of a cause rather than of getting on the winning side. I am further honored since I believe that 82 is at least double what any other candidate enjoyed in supporters who really believed their candidate would actually deliver a better Lake Worth to them.

But most of all, I want you to know that your support and your vote were a good investment in the future of Lake Worth and that didn’t end with the election. Because of your support I made a promise to put the PET System/Democracy Project in place. I have kept my promise to you and I have put into operation the first of its kind PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY SYSTEM which is housed within This is your investment at work. It is a new idea that has the ability to transform government and make it work like it should. Although it has never been tried before… it is fully supported by such notable people as Al Gore. And almost daily we are reading about innovative ways in which the internet is being used TO GIVE THE PEOPLE A VOICE. This is part of the new dominant role that the internet is playing in politics and government and we are the first to present the PET System to a city.

By providing the public with a convenient way to participate in THEIR government; we are moving forward a transformational moment in the history of democratic government… all of which came about because you believed in an idea.

So tell your friends to register at so we can begin making a difference by delivering to the commission certified results that can say with authority… “this is what the people want.” The expression of public sentiment is fundamental to good government and building stronger communities that are being listened to.  And always remember… listening is indeed a threat to the government as usual people.

Thanks again to all of you who have made this possible. Remember 82, while others were figuring out how to be on the winning side, you made an investment in the better future of Lake Worth and American democracy. Thank you for being above politics.

William Coakley


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Re: A message To the 82... (Score: 1)
by LynnA on Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 11:20:48 EST
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You have a wonderful web site. Thanks for bringing all of this information to the people. You would have made a great Mayor if you had gone the traditional political campaign route. You dared to be different. You lost because of it. I did not vote for you. I would have voted for you if you had really wanted to become Mayor. You have proved that your niche is right here and you have made a difference elected or not, without my vote or not. In spite of it all, we have remained friends and I respect you highly. There is no match for you. Keep up the good work.



Re: A message To the 82... (Score: 1)
by Doofus on Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 11:52:26 EST
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I voted for Jeff. Boy do I feel dumb. Maybe next time I will get it right.

Any chance that Tom will run again?



Re: A message To the 82... (Score: 1)
by FrankS on Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 13:00:56 EST
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Tom? You must be kidding.



Re: A message To the 82... (Score: 1)
by TruthMatters on Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 17:06:36 EST
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"...certified results..."

By whom, what is the sample size and how does this reflect board public opinion if not a random sample poll?



Re: A message To the 82... (Score: 1)
by LynnA on Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 17:49:30 EST
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I don't understand your question, truthmatters.



Re: A message To the 82... (Score: 1)
by Walter_B ( on Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 18:05:15 EST
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Just to set the record straight Wes (again), the election that Bill was in was held on 3/13/07 and he ran against 5 others(which out of the 5, only Jeff and Marc had high numbers, the other 4 were all in the same ball park). You on the other hand ran against 2 others on that day and your number was 334 less than you claim (1368, which was only a difference of 118 votes from Jo-anne). Your 1702 votes were in the run-off, 3/27/07, in which 80 more people voted than on the 13th (3508 vs 3588 in the District 3 race), and out of 890 votes cast for Drew plus the additional 80 voters, you only picked up an additional 334 (which means Jo-anne picked up 636 votes to your 334) and you lost. But that's just FYI and to keep the spin straight. You always got to top the other person's record, even though that wasn't the topic, right? Bill was just thanking his supporters, which I never read you doing in any of your posts.



Re: A message To the 82... (Score: 1)
by LynnA on Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 19:22:30 EST
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It represents a broad range of public opinion - not just those who post on this message board

That is correct and that is why more people need to register here. The site is read by a lot of people and for their opinion to be expressed, they need to register. In the Democracy Project Section, it is all controlled and encrypted, etc. You can only have one vote that will count. This is Bill's start toward that objective, that all of our voices are important and need to be heard.



Re: A message To the 82... (Score: 1)
by William_Coakley on Thursday, May 01, 2008 @ 21:48:57 EST
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The Democracy Project is based on the PET System. The sample size will depend on the number of members that vote. The number and demographics of the voters will determine the accuracy of the vote. We can assure one vote per member. Voting is done on a secure server. Anyone can vote but only votes with a registration number will be considered valid. All votes without a registration number will be represented as a WAL (World At Large) vote and will carry little value but prove interesting in some way.

The Quick Poles we have in the blocks to the left or right of center are WAL (World At Large) poles and not part of the Democracy Project voting. They are not considered an accurate form of measuring public opinion but they do have some value. In order to determine that value, we will continue to allow anyone to vote so the two voting results WAL and Registered will be listed seperately.

Again assuming good demographics, I think about 300 members voting could provide some indication of public sentiment. But in order to achieve the demographic balance needed, we will likely have to have a registration drive which may require foot work. Volunteers??


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