Archive for April, 2009

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.

Sincerely,

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

Commissioners,

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
Ranchettes

Cancellation of Fargo Petition

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

Fargo Cancelled Petition Pg1

Fargo Cancelled Petition Pg2

1st Fargo Paving Petition Letter

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

Fargo 1st Petition Letter

County: “legally prohibited from assessing”

Posted in BCC Meetings, Documents on April 15th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

A  memorandum dated April 14, 2009 from Marlene R. Everitt, Assistant County Attorney, provided a legal opinion that answered the following question:

“In order to reduce the paving costs to the property owners fronting on all unpaved roads in the Community, can the cost of paving be divided among and assessed to all 425 lots within the Community?”

The brief answer is:

“No under the facts presented, the costs of the paving must be assessed to properties that will benefit from the paving and cannot be divided among and assessed to those properties that do not front on the roads to be paved.”

The opinion can be read in full here:  Ranchettes Paving Legal Opinion

County Solicits Rodeo for MSTU

Posted in Documents on April 8th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment
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County Solicitation of Rodeo Drive

BCC Meeting 4-7-09

Posted in BCC Meetings, Newspapers on April 8th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

Rural Palm Beach County residents to get a say in road paving
By JENNIFER SORENTRUE

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

WEST PALM BEACH — Palm Beach County traffic engineers will ask all 425 homeowners in the Palm Beach Ranchettes community whether they want to pay to pave the rest of the neighborhood’s dirt roads.

Several streets in the rural neighborhood west of Florida’s Turnpike and north of Lake Worth Road have already been paved.
Some residents on the remaining dirt roads say they want the county to pave their streets, too.

The commission was to consider today whether to move forward with the paving of sections of four streets in the neighborhood, but after hearing from more than a dozen residents the board voted to ask the entire community whether people want all their streets paved.

Under the plan, the community would pay the entire expense of the paving project, which County Engineer George Webb estimated could cost as much as $5 million.

Residents living on unpaved streets would each be assessed $7,500 for the project. That money would be applied to the price tag. The remaining cost would be divided among all 425 homeowners equally.

Those living along the community’s paved streets have already been assessed $7,500 for the roadwork in front of their homes.

And all of the community’s residents have paid to bring county water and sewer lines to the neighborhood.

In order for the paving project to move forward, 51 percent of the homeowners must sign off on the assessment.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/search/content/local_news/epaper/2009/04/07/0407roads.html