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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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  Is this smile how FMPA will keep us from getting out?
Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2008 @ 20:41:42 EST by admin

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Is this smile how FMPA will keep us from getting out?

Rebecca Mattey, former utility director for Ocala and now appointed to Lake Worth Utilities as its director, presided over the record breaking highest utility rates in the state of Florida. Chairman of the executive committe and governance committee of FMPA (Click here for link), Rebecca will likely sign her contract with city manager Baldwin Monday October 12.

more links to Mattey active in FMPA      Spring 2007     May 2007      July 2007     Winter 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008 - So how does it just happen that one sunny day, Lake Worth is just moving along minding its own business and suddenly the chairman of the executive committee and governance committee of FMPA just happens to show up at our door step at precisely the moment when we just decided to look into getting out of FMPA?

City manager Robert Baldwin has selected Rebecca Mattey, former utility director of Ocala utilities, and chairman of the executive committee and the governance committee of FMPA, to be Lake Worth’s new utility director.

Lake Worth just rid itself of former utility director Samy Faried who desperately tried to suck the city into a rotten FMPA generation deal and now completely unknown to the commission or the public, we find out that the contract with Rebecca Mattey is about to be signed. Why was all this kept a secret from the commission and the public? This is city management at its typical best… control and horde information until the absolute last minute when its too late for any public reaction to muster and kill what staff has already decided.

According to her track record as Ocala utility director, Mattey had the dubious honor of managing the city utility with the highest utility rates anywhere in the state of Florida… a full 26% higher than Lake Worth rates which are already about 29% higher than FPL.

At one point last Spring, Mattey who was utility director of Ocala utilities since 2004, was confronted with angry residents demanding the city consider getting out of FMPA. She told the commission and residents that it would cost $350,000,000 to get out of FMPA and that the city would probably not find anyone out there to provide power to the city after they were out. We heard the same record playing when Samy Faried our former utility director and also a strong advocate for FMPA …told us the same thing. But Samy was no where near as deeply involved with FMPA as Rebecca is.    Click for supporting document

Did Mr Baldwin, do his due diligence and find out that Rebecca Mattey challenges whether or not global warming is occurring? And if she’s not concerned about a carbon footprint, it seems logical that she wouldn’t be interested in any form of green energy. How is that going to fly with our commissioners and residents? And does Mr Baldwin know that FMPA’s lack of initiative on green energy and their refusal to decide on the issue of net metering for home based energy production… are compatible with Rebecca’s position on global warming? Here’s her quote:

“It is generally known that the general population, as well as government leaders, have finished debating the issue of global warming, I still think the science can be debated.”    Click here for complete document

So this is a serious conflict of interest. With one hand, we spend $332,000 to look into the benefits of leaving FMPA while with the other hand we place someone with the strongest of motivations to scuttle our getting out of FMPA.

We paid over $20,000 a piece for the last two utility directors who lied and conned us into wasting millions. How much did we spend on finding Rebecca or did she come postpaid from FMPA at the very moment her loyalty could be counted on to keep us another year from getting out of FMPA.


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Re: Is this smile how FMPA will keep us from getting out? (Score: 1)
by DS on Monday, October 13, 2008 @ 09:48:57 EST
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The commission should have fired this oger a year ago when he recommended our generation be turned over to FMPA. He is no different than Paul Boyer, same lying, same cheating, and hiding things from the public. Mary wants him out and Bates too. I think the other people running would agree. It's time.



Re: Is this smile how FMPA will keep us from getting out? (Score: 1)
by Lucia on Monday, October 13, 2008 @ 09:54:54 EST
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Sorry if I sound stupid but I do want to understand, can someone explain "FMPA" and our connection to it and why this is a bad move. Thanks



Re: Is this smile how FMPA will keep us from getting out? (Score: 1)
by William_Coakley on Monday, October 13, 2008 @ 10:45:11 EST
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FMPA (Florida Municipal Power Agency) is a collective of 29 member cities... each of whom seats one of its staff members on the FMPA board of directors. In theory its a great idea having a collective of power providers and user cities, in reality, with its cleverly constructed contracts, it has become a huge burden to many cities who unsuspectingly signed into something they wish they had never seen. In most cases, clever salesmen conned city management into getting the commissions to sign up.

FMPA was formed in 1978 over a law suit against FPL for access to St Lucie nuclear power. It has an inner club (15 members) called the ARP (All Requirements Project) where a member to the ARP has to buy and sell all their power needs through FMPA/ARP. That’s why its called the ALL REQUIREMENTS project… it meets all your requirements for power.

We bought power from FMPA prior to 2002 when the commission voted to join ARP thinking the salesman’s promise of lower rates would materialize. Within 6 months the rates went up and have continued up ever since.

We are different than most FMPA members in that we can generate power. But because of our membership in ARP, we have what amounts to a monopoly buyer in the market who buys cheap and sells high. We have 3 generators in our power plant but again, we have to sell any power we make to FMPA/ARP which raises interesting green power questions. For example, what if someone wants solar power panels on their house and wishes to sell the power they don’t use back to the power grid. Under FMPA/ARP, we can’t do that.

In addition to high FMPA rates for power, the contract with FMPA/ARP is another issue… they make it very difficult for generating cities to get out and impossible for any city without generation to get out in less than 30 years. It is unheard of in the utility industry to have “evergreen” contracts. Our evergreen contract with FMPA/ARP automatically renews each year for another 30 year period… so it self perpetuates itself. However, because we are a generating city who has maintained our generating capacity, we have a five year option to get out of the ARP with a fixed cost after that (a very small or zero amount for us).

The reasons for getting out are simple. FMPA rates are much higher than other power providers and their 10 year projection of rates is beyond scary since they are heavily committed to natural gas for power generation.

The high rates were proven out when Vero Beach left FMPA/ARP and found power for 30% less. FMPA didn’t even bother to compete with a bid to keep Vero Beach in ARP.

Now about Mattey – Rebecca Mattey did nothing to lower the staggering rates Ocala was paying for FMPA power. She was forced to resign and following her, the commission fired the city manager… the issue was lowering the highest rates residents pay anywhere in Florida. That is the first problem with Mattey management. Second, she is a team player on the opposing team as far as we are concerned. Now add the city manager’s refusal to have any open and transparent process and its easy to see why our investment of $332,000 dollars to see about getting out of FMPA/ARP is jeopardized… just as it was by the last utility director who resorted to fraud to disarm any commission resolve to getting out of FMPA.

Hope this helps




Re: Is this smile how FMPA will keep us from getting out? (Score: 1)
by Lucia on Monday, October 13, 2008 @ 14:17:03 EST
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Thanks for explaning, it really helps.

Last week after the debate I ended up no better off than when I went in and I'm sure other people felt the same. I thought Mary did well and she said she received 50 calls a week from people who couldn't reach Cara Jennings. I thought that was a good point until someone in the room called her liar. Where's the for Lake Worth?


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