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  Committee selects group for pool opening... but who selected the committee??
Posted on Saturday, May 31, 2008 @ 14:06:03 EST by admin

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Committee selects group for pool opening... but who selected the committee??

Saturday May 31, 2008 - Amidst all the preparations for the Grand Opening of the pool at the beach, questions arise as to the fairness of the city selecting one neighborhood association to assist in the celebration.

LWM contacted Peter Willard of Greater Bay who characterized the event as a community celebration for getting something done together. When asked about the assignment of John Rinaldi to a committee and Tropical Ridge Neighborhood association to assist the city in the event, Mr Willard responded saying, "I have no knowledge of how that was put together but it's not a political event." John Rinaldi responded that he was selected to serve on a committee to assist the city and that he didn't consider that he was in charge or hosting the event... "just helping out on a celebration of finally getting something done at the beach."

But other residents and members of organizations such as Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, and neighborhood associations are objecting to the process by which Mr. Rinaldi and Tropical Ridge Association ended up being the exclusive group selling food and drinks (fund raising?) at the celebration. One resident said, "How did that happen? They get exclusive rights to fund raise at a city celebration when we were never even told of any meetings or that the city was looking for assistance. We want the opportunity to do some fund raising at a city event too."

LWM also contacted Mayor Jeff Clemens who said he had no knowledge of a committee per se but he welcomed any volunteer to help. He said that John Rinaldi had contacted city staff, Laura Hannah. He also stated he had no knowledge of a fund raiser at this event.

A few critics were quick to point out that perhaps Mr. Rinaldi is gaining some political visibility for his campaign for mayor next year but Mr. Rinaldi disclosed no intentions of running or not. At the moment, it looks like official answers will have to wait until Monday but we will update as soon as anything new turns up.


 
 

 
 
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Re: Committee selects group for pool opening... but who selected the committee?? (Score: 1)
by FrankS on Saturday, May 31, 2008 @ 15:08:56 EST
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Rinaldi said that he wanted to be a part of a celebration to finally get something done at the beach. The only reason the pool was done now was because of the grant money. Otherwise, it would have been the last thing GB was going to tackle. Of all people in charge of this event, the last one should be this guy. I know of over 2000 people that would tell him off.




 
 

 
 

Re: Committee selects group for pool opening... but who selected the committee?? (Score: 1)
by ILoveLW on Saturday, May 31, 2008 @ 15:41:26 EST
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The function of the Mayor is to cut the ribbon. I would be very surprised if he does not show up along with the City Commission for this event. Afterall, who is in charge of this City?




 
 

 
 

Re: Committee selects group for pool opening... but who selected the committee?? (Score: 1)
by KatieMcG on Saturday, May 31, 2008 @ 21:51:57 EST
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Who selected John Rinaldi to serve on a committee about our pool ? Who had the authority to do this ? Why wasn't MY neighborhood assoc. ROLO (residents of Lake Osborne Heights )notified or invited to participate on a Committee about the pool ?!? I will be calling around Sunday morning to get to the bottom of this CRAP!!!!!! And so will our neighborhood president, Jennifer Marchal. All of our neighborhood assoc. members will be informed about this.Mr. Willard and Mr. Rinaldi,and Laura Hannah-you are on notice .And Jeff, don't try to weasel out of this by pretending you don't know what's going on!




 
 

 
 

Re: Committee selects group for pool opening... but who selected the committee?? (Score: 1)
by Walter_B (PrdNamVet@aol.com) on Sunday, June 01, 2008 @ 07:47:34 EST
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I have not heard anything about a committee that was in charge of determining which N/A was to be at the opening. I have not heard anything about John Rinaldi being involved in the decision either.

What I did hear was a bit different and I am hoping that what I heard, starting about a week and a half to 2 weeks ago, was 100% truthful or I am going to be very upset.

I heard that TRNA approached the city because the Kiwanis always got the rights to all city events and it wasn't fair (which seems to be true). I also did not hear of any other NA taking the initiative to approach the city on this matter. Has any other NA approached the city and was turned down? Or is it that TR was the only one and now it sounds like a great idea so others are a bit hurt that they did not act on it?

I also heard that the main food, which will be tacos, is not going to be sold by the NA, but I will not elaborate on this point, it's not my place to give out the specific details, especially if I was led to believe another way besides the truth. Only drinks will be sold by the NA.

But like I said, I did not hear anything about any committee or about John Rinaldi being involved. John R maybe positioning himself for a run in office, and I feel he will be placed on some boards because he backs the growth the majority on the present Dais wants. But I heard it was strickly the NA that tended the idea to the city. If this is not the case, then there is more to say from me. If this is just extra rumors being added to the story because of being left out by not acting or thinking outside the box, then shame on those who are spreading it.

If what you say here is true, then I am going to be a little upset with the people who were involved with deceiving me, I hate being lied to or even being sent around circles with the actual truth, and I don't think these people want that to happen.

Now I will learn if I am being played once again or if this is just a matter of who got beat to the line with a great idea.




 
 

 
 

Re: Committee selects group for pool opening... but who selected the committee?? (Score: 1)
by hillraiser2008 on Sunday, June 01, 2008 @ 08:14:12 EST
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It might be a "great idea" but it is not the place of someone in our local government to decide on something like that. If this is how it happened, it was a very STUPID move on the official's part. If the city had decided that they were going to have an opening party, then it would have been appropriate to invite all neighborhood association presidents to participate, if they wanted to. I would wager to say that the other NA presidents never dreamed that they could bully their way into a grand opening and take over as hosts. This is a city function, not Greater Bay's, not one neighborhood's. Whoever approved of this made one big gigantic poltical mistake. They had no authority.





 
 

 
 

Re: Committee selects group for pool opening... but who selected the committee?? (Score: 1)
by LynnA on Sunday, June 01, 2008 @ 08:32:00 EST
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For some reason the City has been silent on the pool grand opening. Mayor Clemens did not even know the exact time of the opening but thought it was 10 or 11am. I don't recall reading anything about it other than in a general, offhand way. If the City needed volunteers for this event, then it should have been done in a thoughtful process. I, too, would have assumed that the City had planned carefully for this in order to make it a big splash, media event.

I would be very distressed if I learned that Greater Bay played any part or had any influence in any of the choosing of whom will be (hosts) at the pool party.

I am also sure that the merchants at our Casino will be thrilled when they hear that the mayor will condemn only a part of the building, (just my guess) the one that houses their stores. This is the next step in the beach redevelopment process. When will the City report on that?




 
 

 
 

Re: Committee selects group for pool opening... but who selected the committee?? (Score: 1)
by hillraiser2008 on Sunday, June 01, 2008 @ 08:56:44 EST
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To answer Walter, I don't know anything about the Kiwanis taking over all the events. That's news to me. I am rather sure that if that is so, the events they align themselves with are not so politically charged. This is not cool. it doesn't matter who thoguht of the idea first. It amazes me that the City did not plan this event out. I don't know why that doesn't surprise me though.





 
 

 
 

Re: Committee selects group for pool opening... but who selected the committee?? (Score: 1)
by ILoveLW on Sunday, June 01, 2008 @ 09:15:48 EST
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This pool belongs to all of us within the city of LW. It would have been appropriate to have reps from all over the city there or none at all and not single out one homeowners group. Whoever Tropical Ridge went to at the city should have had more sense. The Mayor never wold have agreed to that. Who makes these decisions?




 
 

 
 

Re: Committee selects group for pool opening... but who selected the committee?? (Score: 1)
by Walter_B (PrdNamVet@aol.com) on Sunday, June 01, 2008 @ 14:44:16 EST
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OK, I have heard what I needed to hear on how this got started, and truthfully I do not like what I have learned on how this was handled after the city got involved.

Now what I would like to know further is how this was "leaked" out ( and I say "leaked out" for the lack of a better descritive word, so no, it's not a conspiracy theory leak). How exactly did the word spread on what is happening. There is a very good reason why I ask this, just like I asked the questions on this committee accusation. I have my feelings on what may have happened, and if it is true, then this was initiated as a vindictive measure to start with. Now that is not to say it was handled properly, as far as the city is concerned. In fact I think it was handled by the city completely wrong after the initail meeting. Follow up meetings (which I hear there was 3 meetings in total) should have been public knowledge so all could have a say in it, but of course the city did not feel it was necessary (what else is new in Lake Worth). But because the city handled it in the manner it did, it appears to be shady, when I do not think it is.

In reality, there was no committee set up for this, and no one dictated who would be involved, outside of the city itself, including the mayor. John Rinaldi had a part in setting up the meeting in which the ball got started on this issue, but the meeting was not called for this reason, (the pool celebration), and it wasn't a "public meeting" to begin with, just some concerned business and residents meeting to discuss the boardwalk/walkway/boatslips, or whatever you want to call it, plan between the mayor and the new county rep last month or so. We all remember the accusations that came out of that issue, including that our mayor was blowing off all attempts by the county to contact him.
I also do not think John Rinaldi does anything without reason, so to say he had this meeting just to be informed is a joke in itself. I tend to see John as a NY Lawyer who is interested in only one thing in this city, his business at Sabal Palms. As a property owner, my concerns do not have a spec of interest or concern to John simply because it can not effect his business. No, if it doesn't have anything to do with downtown businesses, or the beach or the CRA district, John Rinaldi will not waste his time with it. But that is only my opinion on his motives. He sides with the majority of the Dais in any developement or chamber move made in this city, and I am positive that John will be appointed to the CRA board because of this reason.
But to blame the TRNA for setting this up is also wrong, and I will explain why I say that as soon as I learn more on how this became an issue with other NAs, mainly the Osborne NA. I do not see many of the facts listed on what will be done by TRNA at the celebration, what will be sold and by who, and what money anyone will reap from it. There are facts missing from this argument that does matter, and I feel it should all be out in the open, not just what some people want to let out. Just like any other argument in this city, we all see it through different eyes, and I think this is another one of those "multitude of interpretation" views.
So who will be man/woman enough and step up and tell all of us how this got to be headline news in the battle for control in the city? Or will this just be another ****ing match between factions?





 
 

 
 

Re: Committee selects group for pool opening... but who selected the committee?? (Score: 1)
by LynnA on Sunday, June 01, 2008 @ 15:23:36 EST
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I would guess that it all started as a suggestion and innocent with the only intent in mind of having a celebration for the new pool opening. Where it went wrong was the City giving authority to a few people who have no official capacity to be involved at the exclusion of everyone else. It is all a guess right now until the City can explain what happened. Having a celebration is a great idea and I don't want to see it diminished. I think it would be inappropriate if one NA used it for a fund raiser though. We don't know that is the case. If, on the other hand, that NA had underwriters for the beverages and gave them away to the residents, then it would be different. Until we get all the details, it is all just speculation.





 
 

 
 

Re: Committee selects group for pool opening... but who selected the committee?? (Score: 1)
by KatieMcG on Sunday, June 01, 2008 @ 19:29:17 EST
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I went on the Tropical ridge crime walk this afternoon and this is what I learned- This is not a fund raiser.Members of tropic ridge volunteered to make and serve tacos.There will be a minimal donation for drinks.Free if they can get them funded.The pool will be free admission this coming Sat. and Sun.There will be a band and some entertainment,like diving .Don't know the hours .The city has been slow in getting the info out to everyone about the event.




 
 

 
 

Re: Committee selects group for pool opening... but who selected the committee?? (Score: 1)
by ILoveLW on Saturday, June 07, 2008 @ 17:08:05 EST
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NO FUND RAISER. So, a big thanks to all who volunteered today.




 
 

 
 

Re: Committee selects group for pool opening... but who selected the committee?? (Score: 1)
by FrankS on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 @ 07:27:47 EST
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Sure. No fund raiser because LWM raised the question. Actually it was Wes Blackman who raised it first.




 
 

 
 
 
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