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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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  Hidden County document encourages residents
Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2010 @ 21:20:41 EST by admin

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Hidden from public view for FIVE YEARS ...

document shows helicopters stay above airport




How could it be that for five years, the public living around Lantana Airport didn't know about this document which makes it abundantly clear that helicopters that fly over their communities repeatedly... are not even supposed to be there (Sheriff excepted) according to this Palm Beach County Commission document unearthed earlier this year by LWM.

According to the PBCo Department of Airports, 'there was no need to distribute or publish it on their NOISE ABATEMENT WEBSITE for public viewing since it was only important for pilots to see it.' And of course these are the same pilots that have thumbed their noses at these Procedures for five years and counting.

Recently, a request to post these Procedures on the County's NOISE ABATEMENT SITE was made so the public could see for the first time where the helicopters were supposed to be flying. A DOA (Department of Airports) noise abatement rep declined the request saying "...submit that request in writing and we'll consider it."

Helicopter buzzes home... caught on video. This is more common than anyone would think with pilots retaliating against residents who complain

This document is THE most important document yet for the surrounding communities of Lantana Airport who've been suffering for over a decade with a plague of helicopter students and instructors doing maneuvers over their homes, flying everywhere, buzzing their neighborhoods, making lot's of noise, and generally becoming a huge nuisance and blight on their communities adding three times the noise that small planes emit into areas that for the first half century of the airports existence... seldom if ever saw an aircraft above their homes.

One resident snapped... "we were entitled to relief and were kept from knowing it all these years ...and we thought we just had to accept it."

The communities around Lantana Airport have become just another casualty in what has quickly become a world wide problem with helicopter operations near residential areas... from Okinawa and Hawaii, to the USA all the way to London... helicopters are quickly becoming the world's number one public nuisance.

For Lantana residents, it's the helicopter training schools that bring helicopters over certain neighborhoods sometimes one every two minutes at low altitude ...interrupting conversations, forcing residents to close their windows and making the peaceful enjoyment of property... a thing of the past.

The negative image of helicopters is so pervasive that an organization of helicopter pilots formed HAI... Helicopter Association International to combat the poor image problem world wide. They quickly discovered that it was the way helicopter pilots fly that offended people and so they developed instructional videos and launched seminars to sensitize pilots to be considerate when flying over neighborhoods and communities. The full measure of those programs is desperately needed at Lantana Airport.

Reporting on this issue will continue in a series of stories including instructional videos as well as videos of "helicopter pilots behaving badly" from the LWM investigation archive accumulated since December 2009.


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