BCC Meetings

“There’s nothing secret…” Bob Weisman

Posted in BCC Meetings, Documents on May 11th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

The Ranchettes will be back on the BCC Agenda for June 2, 2009. Engineering was given direction at the May 5, 2009 BCC Meeting to bring back solutions and costs for paving in the Ranchettes. During this Board Meeting, the Ranchettes received the strongest backing to date from the Commissioners. It really sounds like the Board is behind us and their support is greatly appreciated! Please email and or call all of the Commissioners and thank them for their continued support.

The PDF File below contains the most complete information I could find on the Engineering Department’s handling of the Rodeo Drive solicitation into the MSTU program 15 months after the Board closed the program to new petitions. This is most important because all other property owners were denied the opportunity to have their road paved at a cost of 50% to the property owner and 50% paid for by the County. Engineering was publicly saying no new roads but privately soliciting new petitions against the Board’s December 2006 decision. Mr. Weisman, the County Administrator, promised full disclosure of who was directly and ultimately responsible for circumventing the Board and spending $170,000 of non-Board approved funds on new MSTU petitions in March of 2008. “There’s nothing secret about what happened here”, said Mr. Weisman. The decision was made over 14 months ago. Why does it take another month to answer the question of responsibility?

(This file is 12.24 megs and will take time to load. Please be patient.)

BCC Meeting 5-5-09

Posted in BCC Meetings on May 6th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

This is the 5-5-09 BCC Meeting. The first 2:43 is the Board watching Fargo Avenue 2 which is George Webb stating the Board’s December 2006 decision to close the MSTU program to new petitions. Next hear the Board asked who authorized and spent $170,000 by soliciting new petitions into the MSTU 15 months later.

Ranchettes removed from 5-5-9 BCC Meeting

Posted in BCC Meetings on May 4th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

Commissioner Santamaria will not be able to attend the 5-5-09 BCC Meeting and the Ranchettes topic will not be on the Agenda for this meeting.

However, Matters by the Public is a chance for anyone to voice opinions and comments. This is a time to tell the Commissioners what’s on your mind. Matters by the Public starts at 2:00 pm.


Posted in BCC Meetings, Documents on May 4th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

Please refer to the “Documents” category and see the petition letter that was sent out by Engineering that totally contradicts this statement!

BCC Meeting 5-5-09

Posted in BCC Meetings, Emails on May 1st, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

From: Andy [mailto:andy@upinarms.net]
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2009 7:19 PM
To: ‘BCC-AllCommissioners@pbcgov.org’
Cc: ‘Robert Weisman’
Subject: Fargo Avenue: May 5, 2009 BCC Meeting

Commissioner Koons,

When you and I met on Monday April 27, 2009 at 3:00pm, you told me you would call me when the Agenda item for Fargo Avenue appeared on the May 5, 2009 agenda and was posted on the County website. I told you that it probably would not be posted until 5:00pm on Friday May 1, 2009. It turns out that I was too optimistic and as of 6:00pm today, it is still not posted. My guess is that we will not be able to discuss Mr. Webb’s Staff Recommendation prior to your Agenda Review on Monday May 4, 2009 as you had said. I await your call.

I have three questions that I would like answered:

1. The Board voted in December of 2006 to stop accepting all new petitions for road construction into the MSTU program. However, in March of 2008, 15 months later, County Engineering solicited 24 properties on Rodeo Drive into the MSTU at a cost of more than $170,000 to County taxpayers. Who is directly and ultimately responsible for circumventing the Board’s decision by spend non-Board approved funds; George Webb or Bob Weisman and upon what legal authority did they act?

2. In July of 2008, Commissioner Aaronson would not support finishing the paving of Fargo Avenue stating that finishing the paving of Fargo would move Fargo to the front of the MSTU waiting line. Engineering now has to spend taxpayer money to fix Fargo drainage because of the east/west road paving. How do you justify Staff’s decision to create their own rules and pave a previously non-petitioned road by putting that road to the head of the line and denying the cross street that was adversely affected by that decision, the same equality and opportunity?

3. Fargo has been negatively impacted by the east/west road paving. Now Fargo will be designed, permitted and constructed for drainage for the entire road length leaving only asphalt to finish the process. How could anyone in good conscience leave the last four property lengths unpaved and decide against the requests for pavement by the two property owners at the end of the road?

As you know Commissioner, this item is scheduled for the next BCC Meeting. The favor of a reply would be appreciated before that time. Thank you.


Andy Schaller

BCC Video Compilation

Posted in BCC Meetings, Documents on April 29th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

(NOTE: This video is intentended to show the information that is being presented to the Board of County Commissioners, by the Engineering Staff, to make informed decisions. Without the support of County Commissioners, this ongoing issue for more than 1 year now would not have made it this far. Thank you for your continued help and support! We need it. Next BCC Meeting May 5, 2009)

This is a compilation of video clips from the BCC meetings that were televised on Channel 20. Watch and listen as Staff tries to give the Commsioners “factual” information upon which to make decisions about paving a neighborhood road that is only 12 properties long.

Link to www.youtube.com

Paving Fargo: The Real Story

Posted in BCC Meetings, Documents, Emails on April 24th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

April 24, 2009

Fargo-news 4-24-09

April 21, 2009

Posted in BCC Meetings, Emails on April 22nd, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

From: Andy [mailto:andy@upinarms.net]
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 11:56 PM
To: ‘BCC-AllCommissioners@pbcgov.com’
Cc: ‘RWeisman@pbcgov.org’
Subject: Fargo Avenue/False statements

Commissioner Koons,

After the conclusion of today’s BCC Meeting, I told you that statements made by the Deputy Engineer, Tanya McConell were blatantly and patently false. Ms. McConell is either unaware of what is going on with Fargo Avenue or she has deliberately made false statements to the Board . Perhaps both possibilities are true. Here are the recorded facts that dispute Ms. McConnell’s statements:

“Aren’t you making drainage improvements on Fargo now?” (Commissioner Marcus, BCC Meeting 4-21-2009)

“No there are no drainage improvements on Fargo now.” (Ms. McConnell, BCC Meeting 4-21-2009)

“To help from the drainage that’s coming from the roads that got paved? (Commissioner Marcus, BCC Meeting 4-21-2009)

“We have shot the elevations and the drainage flows correctly.” (Ms. McConnell, BCC Meeting 4-21-2009)

Here is the proof of false statements:

1.“…we can use the money that we already have in the program to address some of the drainage issues on Fargo caused by the east/west roads…” (George Webb, BCC Meeting 4-7-09 1:45:47)

2. “…we are going to do drainage improvements along Fargo for those four roads to address drainage issues created by the paving of those four roads…”
(George Webb, BCC Meeting 4-7-09 1:45:47)

3. “…Drainage improvements in the Fargo right way should have been included in the current Ranchette project to address the water flowing from the east/west roads into Fargo. Those improvements are required and will be installed. Funding exists in the current Ranchette assessment to pay for these drainage modifications without increasing the current assessment. In total, these funds will be sufficient to construct Fargo…”
(AGENDA ITEM SUMMARY BCC Meeting April 7, 2009, Item # 5 C – 1)

4. “…We will also use available assessment monies to address drainage issues on Fargo associated with the current project…” (George Webb, BCC Meeting 4-7-09 PowerPoint slide show.)

5. “…I understand the contractor did do base work in the intersections. I see this is a plus for you in considering where this might end up. I am still talking to Mr. Webb about this situation and options to deal with it…” ( Bob Weisman, email 4-1-09 referencing the drainage issue on Fargo caused by the east/west road paving.)

Commissioner, I can give you a lot more examples of the false information that Staff has provided to you and expected you to make an informed decision based upon those inaccuracies. You denied my request for more than the allowable three minutes at the last Board Meeting (April 21, 2009). Respectfully sir, you have not heard the whole truth on this issue and it has gotten way out of hand.

Prior to you becoming Chairman of this Board, you asked the Staff to give a best effort try to resolve this issue quickly. That did not happen. Now that you are Chairman, I implore you to allow me to explain this situation in full to you in a personal meeting. I have been appearing before you for over a year now, met with other commissioners, met with Mr. Webb, Ms. McConnell, Michael Marquis and spoke and emailed with Mr. Weisman. Why have I spent so much effort? Because a great injustice is being done to us taxpayers, the people who elected each one of you and it is continuing on your watch. After one year my patience with this issue is definitely running out.

If you condone the County Engineer offering to and spending $170,000+ of taxpayer’s money in order to cover up his department’s mistake and then turn around and deny other owners the same opportunity and equal benefit, then as Chairman of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, what message do you think the public is receiving?

My website www.upinarms.net has all of the public information on this topic I can find. It is updated continuously and it paints the most accurate picture of this situation you will find. I will call your office to schedule a meeting before the next BCC Meeting. Please find the time to meet with me, as other Commissioners have, in an effort to resolve this issue fairly and equally.


Andy Schaller

Email read at 4-21-09 BCC Meeting

Posted in BCC Meetings, Emails on April 21st, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment


I just took these pictures minutes ago. As you can see, Fargo has drainage issues. Given the fact that the amount of rain we had last night is a normal amount of rain, can you imagine what the problems would be if the rainfall was “significant”?

This is the northern section of Fargo this morning after last night’s rain. The entire road needs to have the drainage corrected. The recently paved Yearling and the previously paved Pinion both drain water into Fargo. The current water ditch system is inadequate to handle this water.

April 21, 2009

April 21, 2009



This is a section of the southern portion of Fargo. This is between El Paso and Pinto. Both of these two roads were just paved and have a higher elevation than the non-paved area. The water has nowhere to go but to overflow into property owner’s yards.

April 21,2009

April 21,2009

Please choose Mr. Webb’s Option B with one modification, pave Fargo in its’ entirety.

Thank you.

Andy Schaller


BCC Meeting 4-7-09 Engineering Slideshow

Posted in BCC Meetings, Documents on April 19th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

This is the slide show County Engineer George Webb presented to the BCC at the 4-7-09 meeting. The Agenda item is 5 C 1