Now is the time for Board Leadership!

From: Andy [mailto:andy@upinarms.net]
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2009 8:25 PM
To: ‘BCC-AllCommissioners@pbcgov.org’
Cc: ‘Robert Weisman’; ‘George Webb’
Subject: 6-2-09 Agenda Item 6F2

Commissioners,

The Ranchettes and Fargo Avenue were scheduled for the May 5, 2009 BCC Meeting. Understandably, the item was postponed to June 2, 2009. Doesn’t it seem strange that nearly 36 hours prior to the June 2, 2009 BCC Meeting there is still no backup for an item that was supposed to be presented one month ago? This is a pattern on this issue.

Commissioner Koons:

During our April meeting, you told me you would call me to discuss this issue as soon as Staff made their recommendation for the May 5, 2009 BCC Meeting. I am still awaiting your telephone call. To date, you have not answered one of my emails that I have sent to you. This includes the email that you requested me to send to you and promised a follow up of that email. Respectfully, I have done everything that you asked of me. It is time for you to follow through with your duties.

Commissioner Marcus, months ago, asked Mr. Weisman to personally oversee this issue. Two days later Engineering sent out a petition to 168 property owners that Mr. Weisman was unaware of. After I informed him of this petition it was cancelled. Mr. Webb made a presentation to the Board stating in his PowerPoint and many times verbally that a negative impact on Fargo was caused by the paving of the intersecting roads. Deputy Engineer McConnell then stated the complete opposite at the next BCC Meeting.

Commissioner Marcus also asked for “how to do it” scenarios and Mr. Weisman said he would provide them for June 2, 2009. This issue should never have made it out of the design stages. If one of my employees prepared a road design that created 9 pavement changes over a 12 lot distance, that employee would be the second person I would fire. The first person fired would be the Supervisor or Department head that approved the plan and sent it out for bids!

Now one year after this matter was brought to your attention and after all the time and effort that has gone into this item by not only Staff but by everyone involved, please use your oversight powers to fix Engineering’s mess. As Chairman of this Board, I formally ask you to join in the support demonstrated by Commissioners Santamaria, Marcus and Vana and resolve this issue in the best interest of all Ranchettes property owners who use Fargo Avenue.

How many months ago did you ask Staff to give their best effort to include this road with the current projects? Are you happy with Staff’s efforts? Frankly, I don’t know how you could answer yes when Deputy McConnell told Commissioner Vana that Engineering management were responsible for an estimated $50,000 delay that would have to be paid for by property owners.

Your Biography on the County website says one of your main priorities is the installation of paved roads. Now is the time to show real Board leadership and prove it! Mr. Weisman has stated numerous times that mistakes were made on this issue. As Chairman and as a County Commissioner, it is your responsibility to see those mistakes corrected.

Sincerely, and still waiting for your promised telephone call,

Andy Schaller
www.upinarms.net

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