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Lake Worth Utilities
Waste Meter
$50,000
... for an arc flash study that Mr. Reyes was qualified to do in house and at no cost to taxpayers.
$200,000
... the estimated engineering cost of the express feeder which could also be done in house at no cost to taxpayers.
$591,898
... wasted when insurance requirements were circumvented by the city manager and utility director.
$123,098
... 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
$64,000
... wasted when the Matrix organizational study to save taxpayers money was scrapped in favor of higher cost outsourcing by city manager Stanton.
$450,000
... wasted engineering design cost of water piping and tanks (original county water deal) that will never be built.
$59,975
... wasted when additional costs were incurred for not following insurance procedure on transformer repair.
$82,620
... 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:
$1,621,591
 
 

 
 
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  CM recommends contract to friends company without going out to bid
Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2008 @ 18:40:27 EST by admin

Geniuses at Work

$49,000 to a company that doesn't know if its qualified to do the work

Monday 5/12 -- NUMBER 3 VIDEO on the mayor's remark about employees now posted on next page

City manager Robert Baldwin recommended his friends company without going out to bid. Matrix rep (right) didn't know if they were qualified



CLICK HERE FOR SHORT VIDEO SEGMENT 1

No one in the city... not city manager Robert Baldwin, not Administrative Services Director Mark Bates and the commission as well ...have any knowledge of the utility which constitutes 3/4ths of our budget and yields over 6 times more income than Ad Valorem taxes. An yet, they have been willing to make 30 and 40 year commitments involving well over a billion dollars (over that period).

VIDEO 2 - VESPO ADMITS THE COMMISSION IS MAKING DECISIONS WITHOUT ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THE UTILITY

So Mr Vespo would rather spend $49,000 of your money for yet another study instead of spending some time learning what he should know before he commits the people to long term agreements and millions of dollars. Perhaps he should speak with utility staff and employees before he and the mayor said they were unqualified, not objective enough and basically couldn't be trusted to know how the utility could be run better. Yet they all were willing to trust Samy Faried, an outsider who consistently misled the commission into millions in wasted expenditures. And they seem quite willing to trust the recommendations of CM Baldwin and Administrative services director Mark Bates who also led us into millions in waste along with Faried... and neither has any utility experience. So, who's watching the store?

added Monday 5.12.08 2 PM VIDEO 3 - THE MAYOR DOESN'T TRUST UTILITY EMPLOYEES TO GIVE CITY HONEST ASSESSMENT


 
 

 
 
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Re: CM recommends contract to friends company without going out to bid (Score: 1)
by hillraiser2008 on Saturday, May 10, 2008 @ 19:14:06 EST
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Can anything be more screwed up than this city? Seriously.




 
 

 
 

Re: CM recommends contract to friends company without going out to bid (Score: 1)
by LynnA on Sunday, May 11, 2008 @ 07:33:29 EST
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I want to add my thought to this. There are probably a few people who live here that could turn this City around, at least I hope so. Will you come forward? But then again, you would more than likely have to have rocks in your head and you would have a short life due to high blood pressure and anxiety caused by a highly stressful job.




 
 

 
 

Re: CM recommends contract to friends company without going out to bid (Score: 1)
by SunnyDaze on Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 21:43:44 EST
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from the looks of the top people attempting to run the city, it must be highly stressful. All of them lack food management skills so I guess it isn't too surprising they can't manage the city very well either.




 
 

 
 

Re: CM recommends contract to friends company without going out to bid (Score: 1)
by oscar_night on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 11:33:01 EST
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Sunydaze--when you said lack food management skills did you mean "good" management skills or was this written correctly?




 
 

 
 
 
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