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Money Wasted

Lake Worth Utilities
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$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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Lake Worth Media: Geniuses at Work

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  Geniuses at Work CM recommends contract to friends company without going out to bid

$49,000 to a company that doesn't know if its qualified to do the work

Monday 5/12 -- NUMBER 3 VIDEO on the mayor's remark about employees now posted on next page

City manager Robert Baldwin recommended his friends company without going out to bid. Matrix rep (right) didn't know if they were qualified

 
 
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  Geniuses at Work City memo reveals 14 million waste

City memo shows 14 million in taxpayer $$ just went down the drain on county water

"The memo makes it clear that all along, Lake Worth could have had equal or better quality water (compared to the county water) without investing 14 million [over three years] in county water... we wouldn't have to invest a cent in someone else's infrastructure. We would simply be paying for the water as we go."†

CLICK HERE TO READ THE MEMO. NOTE SECTION 3C

Few stories really qualify for our GENIUSES AT WORK award, but the recent majority decision by the mayor, and commissioners Retha Lowe and David Vespo qualifies for the GENIUS OF THE YEAR award.† Their decision which forced the city into an unfavorable 40 year water deal was based on a 10 to 12 million dollar error that finance director Mark Bates and city manager Robert Baldwin knew about but didn't reveal to the commission.†

 
 
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  Geniuses at Work Geniuses at work - where's the sign?

Geniuses at work - Where's the "for sale" sign?

Mr Fariedís house - did he really try to sell it... did anyone check?

NEW - from the record - Samy's undocumented expenditure problems with Lee County

Taxpayers paid Mr Faried $8,000 to move into the city of Lake Worth over a year ago. He was supposed to have a Bonafide permanent residence here. He was given 6 months to comply. Instead, Mr Faried took the $8,000 and spent it on moving to Boynton Beach. On February 19th, Mr Fariedís contract was brought to the attention of the city staff who had neglected to enforce it.

 
 
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  Geniuses at Work GENIUSES AT WORK - opinion

The first of our: "Geniuses at work" segments -

our new CERTIFICATE OF USE the silver bullet to get rid of blight and illegals?

 
 
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