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... 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
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  City memo reveals 14 million waste
Posted on Wednesday, May 07, 2008 @ 23:52:10 EST by admin

Geniuses at Work

City memo shows 14 million in taxpayer $$ just went down the drain on county water

"The memo makes it clear that all along, Lake Worth could have had equal or better quality water (compared to the county water) without investing 14 million [over three years] in county water... we wouldn't have to invest a cent in someone else's infrastructure. We would simply be paying for the water as we go."


Few stories really qualify for our GENIUSES AT WORK award, but the recent majority decision by the mayor, and commissioners Retha Lowe and David Vespo qualifies for the GENIUS OF THE YEAR award. Their decision which forced the city into an unfavorable 40 year water deal was based on a 10 to 12 million dollar error that finance director Mark Bates and city manager Robert Baldwin knew about but didn't reveal to the commission.

But commissioner Golden told commissioners that the figures were wrong but neither the mayor, or commissioners Vespo and Lowe were concerned whatsoever and simply shrugged it off charging ahead with committing the people to investing 14 million in unneeded county infrastructure and a storage tank that Lake Worth doesn't need. The memo confirms that neither the city manager Robert Baldwin, finance director Mark Bates, or the mayor, or commissioners Lowe and Vespo considered this or any other far less costly alternatives to blowing 14 million into something that has NO equity for taxpayers other than committing us to the most costly alternative for water supply for the next 40 years. The decision flies in the face of environmentally responsible South Florida Water Management standards since they are seeking to reduce the dependency on surficial aquifers which LW would stand in compliance with... if they proceeded with the less expensive RO plant. By obtaining water from another utility (county) that gets its water from surficial wells... Lake Worth is abbrogating its committment to the environment and abandoning a 14 or 15 million dollar investment already made in the environmentally compatible RO system.

City management withheld critical information from the commission... the very info they needed to make an accurate comparison between finishing our RO water plant and other alternatives. As reported months ago by LWM, Lake Worth had already invested in a 16 inch line connected to WPB water which could easily supply equal or better quality 2 million gallons a day and not cost us a cent in infrastructure.


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Re: City memo reveals 14 million waste (Score: 1)
by hillraiser2008 on Thursday, May 08, 2008 @ 10:06:02 EST
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God must love stupid people; He made so many and a large % are right here among us.
The gene pool could use a little chlorine.



Re: City memo reveals 14 million waste (Score: 1)
by Charlie on Thursday, May 08, 2008 @ 19:36:11 EST
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WEST Palm had some problem with bacteria a few months back. All that solved now?



Re: City memo reveals 14 million waste (Score: 1)
by Crystal on Friday, May 09, 2008 @ 14:02:14 EST
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Can we get this money back and use it at the beach casino and kiss GB goodbye? My dad always said anything and everything is possible. Don't tell me he was wrong.



Re: City memo reveals 14 million waste (Score: 1)
by William_Coakley on Friday, May 09, 2008 @ 16:43:58 EST
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Charlie - WPB had two boil water notices earlier this year. The problem had to do with pipes rotting out according to the PB Post. When I checked with the mayor's office, they said they could negotiate with us and it would take a few months to clear up the problem. Contrary to Mr Faried's statements; the Health department has not issued any notices recently and there are no current notices concerning WPB water.

Crystal - LW can still get out of the contract but it could get dicey if the county wants to play hard ball. The county would have to show damages and there likely would be none since no construction has begun. Bottom line, good attorney and some honest commissioners and we could probably get out easily... NOW. That would save us 14 million dollars which could easily put up a gorgeous Casino/museum/community center. Perhaps Romano would offer his green building support again.


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