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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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Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 12:02:07 EST by admin

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"Coakley Was Correct!"

Here we are five years later and the city of Lake Worth now wants to build a 13.2kV electrical distribution system.
Five years ago that was heresy!

Five years ago, William Coakley, then chairman of the Electric Task Force charged with looking into the verity of all things electric in this city, was nearly drawn and quartered by his own task force and certain of the city commission. Lake Worth, like most, abuses its prophets.

That is not to deify Mr. Coakley, but give the man his due now that the new utility director and staff are sprinkling holy water over the 13.2kV as the only home distribution means practical and feasible for Lake Worth.

That system remains the only compatible one with Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy as well as most home delivery systems in the South.

It makes sense now as it made sense five years ago, but the city manager was against it because the utility staff was against it. Coakley stood chin to chin with an electric utility director who had lied on his resume and was not qualified to make such a decision. Coakley challenged his findings and challenged his bonafides. Coakley was right then too.

Now comes the daunting task of making this system dovetail with the money left in the 2004 utility bond issue.
The city has already spent half the funds upgrading the antiquated 4.0kV system to 26.4kV and we have at least $22 million-plus to go.
Utility Director Rebecca Mattey says a plan will be in place to make it as easy as possible on the consumer, and he/she will barely notice the rate increase to fund the new money.

But Lake Worth isnít suffering from sticker shock any more, it has sticker burn over the huge rates. Worse yet, Lake Worthís customers like the Village of Palm Springs doesnít want to play in our yeard any more. In fact, Palm Springs is likely to bolt from agreements with Lake Worth over electric and perhaps even the sub-regional sewer system if possible.

It is doubtful Lake Worth will perform a forensic audit on expenditures on the previous upgrading to 26.4kV system, so rate payers may never really know how much money was thrown down an open storm drain.
Letís hope not too much.


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