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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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  It's time for a change!
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 07:35:02 EST by admin

Opinion

It’s time for a change

As our country’s economy crumbles, so does Lake Worth’s. The same things afflicting Washington and our U.S. corporations have been our problem right here at home—WASTE and GREED. It is time for a change.

Now we have a sitting commissioner, David Vespo, who is taking credit for saving the City over $2 mil because the City FINALLY went out to bid on a contract, something citizens have been talking about for the last two and one half years. The Commission never listened and sat there stone faced as we spoke about them always waiving bidding on the majority of contracts that came before them. Many people spoke out on it. I did.

We have corporate CEO’s getting millions in severance packages, the very same people who are responsible for the state of our economy. We reward those who are responsible as we the people suffer their former decisions. Merrill Lynch’s CEO left with 46.4 million and now estimated to be as high as 66 million as the company lost over 17 billion dollars…dollars belonging to the working stiff, you and me. At Wachovia, where I oversee four accounts, its CEO bought a mortgage lender for $25 billion and then he bailed out with a $5 mil severance. Our own police chief’s job is eliminated, but he still manages to receive $289 thousand in a severance.

Boards of Directors (and our City Commission is just that) need and must change its ways. They are responsible to the people who buy into that corporation, not to the CEO’s of the world….same thing with our City…commissioners who are responsible to only the people who elect them into office. They must stop the waste. They must send contracts out to bid. They must negotiate with the Unions and all people wanting to do business with the City. The must read and understand contracts before signing them. We need a city attorney who can give correct advice before we get into trouble. We need top staff to give the Commission the correct information, not false or incomplete data. Again--We must have Commissioners doing the job they were elected to do.

We are in the state we are in because of no leadership and those people in office who have fallen down on the job. People have suffered because of their lack of oversight. It is time for a change.

L. Anderson
9-26-08


 
 

 
 
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Yes Lynn, I agree, it's time for a change! (Score: 1)
by Peace on Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 08:01:40 EST
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I agree Lynn, you are right on as usual. It is all about avarice, corruption, and incompetence. I applaud you and LWM for investigating and your willingness to write and share the truth. We can all learn a lot from what we should and shouldn’t do, by the failures or actions of others. It usually boils down to their lack of respect for others, themselves, their lack of responsibility, and their lack of being gentle to our Mother Earth. We all must be involved as much as we can, we all must question the decisions of our so called “leaders.” If that is what they really are, leaders. We need to speak out against the avarice, the corruption, the ineffectiveness. We need to vote and hope we can get the best people in there to do the best job for “the people.” You are right, it is time for a change. Bravo, keep up the great work Lynn!




 
 

 
 

Re: It's time for a change! (Score: 1)
by ILoveLW on Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 10:58:55 EST
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I think you should have qualified it as a change in District 4. District 2 is okay the way it is.




 
 

 
 

Re: It's time for a change! (Score: 1)
by Crystal on Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 12:13:21 EST
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Thanks, LynnA. I like Cara too but not the illegal center. Maybe that won't work out anyway. I am not for shuffling all of our assets to the County. Nope. Won't vote for anyone like that.




 
 

 
 

Re: It's time for a change! (Score: 1)
by KatieMcG on Saturday, September 27, 2008 @ 00:30:11 EST
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Dave Vespo has sat behind the dais for the last 2.5 years as nothing but a shill for the special interests that paid for his seat. His decisions have had NOTHING to do with improving the lives of the citizens of Lake Worth. He has been an expensive DISASTER of a Commissioner who didn't even PRETEND that he was listening to what the people of Lake Worth had to say. He wants ANOTHER TWO YEARS ?!? We can't afford another two years of this puppet tearing off chunks of our town and giving them to anyone who asks.




 
 

 
 
 
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