Say What?

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

“The big wheel comes around.” In this case it is the big wheel of truth! In the Item Summary (6F2) for tomorrow’s BCC Meeting, Staff finally tells the whole truth (almost). Staff has done a complete reversal on most everything previously presented to the Board as fact. Here are a few highlights:

April – Drainage negatively impacted Fargo because of the east/west pavings.
June – No it didn’t…. We helped Fargo!

April – We have left over funds from the currecnt projects to fix Fargo drainage.
June – No we don’t… It cost more than we thought.

April – We were right to petition Fargo exactly as we did when we did.
June – We should have told the Board and had more oversight.

These are just a few of the many reversals. The story continues to unfold. The full item review is here:
6-2-09 BCC Agenda Item 6F2

SEE YOU THERE ON TUESDAY

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

From: Eric Aanonsen [mailto:aweric@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2009 6:50 AM
To: Up In Arms Forum
Subject: Re: Up In Arms Forum: BCC Meeting 6-2-09

GREAT JOB SO FAR

ERIC
A A ND W ANNUALS
SEE YOU THERE ON TUESDAY

“…why all roads here were not paved”

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

From: Sherry Laufersweiler [mailto:draperydesign@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2009 7:10 AM
To: Up In Arms Forum
Subject: Re: Up In Arms Forum: BCC Meeting 6-2-09

I live on Arrowhead and cannot understand why all roads here were not paved. I called roads dept to ask why and was told they petitioned in 2002 and there was not enough interest. Unlike the water they never asked again. I’m not sure how many new homes have been built since then, but I think if asked now there would be a different reply.I was surprised at the letters sent recently and a few days later saying ignore the first lettert. I’m sure this alone came as a cost to taxpayers. Commisioners need to get on the same page and work efficently to correct this problem. Wouldn’t a time in the early evening be better for a meeting so more of us working people could attend? Thank You Sherry Laufersweiler

I DON’T WANT THE ROADS PAVED.

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

From: desantisw@aol.com [mailto:desantisw@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2009 6:16 AM
To: andy@upinarms.net
Subject: Re: Up In Arms Forum: BCC Meeting 6-2-09

I don’t think you want me there because I DON’T WANT THE ROADS PAVED.

From: Andy [mailto:andy@upinarms.net]
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2009 10:58 AM
To: ‘desantisw@aol.com’
Subject: RE: Up In Arms Forum: BCC Meeting 6-2-09

Why not? You’re opinion counts as much as anyone else’s. Make your voice heard.

A Custer Owner’s Opinion

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

—–Original Message—–
From: Susan and Terry Foley [mailto:tofoley@bellsouth.net]
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2009 9:53 AM
To: Up In Arms Forum
Subject: Re: Up In Arms Forum: BCC Meeting 6-2-09

Hi Andy,

I surely appreciate your efforts to keep things in check regarding
Ranchettes Roads. Our family is in favor of keeping our road – Custer Ave. – north side –
dirt. We like the dust and slower speeds and challenging pot hole course. The horses
have specifically shared their love of our roads, too. So we are not in favor of paving
north Custer. I realize that Fargo gets a real workout so you all will do what you
need to do.

We would appreciate you not making a blanket statement indicating
everyone wants paving. We shared with George Webb just two weeks ago that we still do
not choose to be paved. As a piece of advise, avoid making any generalizations
about our neighborhood as they are quite familiar with our residents and their opinions and
desires over the last twelve years.

Be blessed,
Susan

Susan B. Foley
Believer • Wife/Mom • Recreator

3182 Custer Ave.
Lake Worth, FL 33467

561-964-5671 – home
561-969-2420 – work
561-969-9439 – fax
561-628-3951 – cell

From: Andy [mailto:andy@upinarms.net]
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2009 10:43 AM
To: ‘Susan and Terry Foley’
Subject: RE: Up In Arms Forum: BCC Meeting 6-2-09

Susan,

What generalizations have I made? Show me one blanket statement that I have made. Please back it up with fact. Everywhere I can I tell everyone to make their opinions known. My opinion is to pave Fargo. This is a result of owning on the corner of Rodeo and Fargo for 19 years. I’m tired of the maintenance. My goal is Fargo only and I have the support of everyone on my south side. Others have come to me and asked for help. The rest of the Ranchettes is up to everyone who lives there. Most of the roads don’t affect me but my neighbors opinions do when they ask for help.

I’m glad you’re happy. Thanks for your help with Lyons Road years ago. I’m sure that took a lot of effort.

Just one more further point. I have spent about two thousand dollars in signs, a website and printed materials. My time spent on this issue is approaching ridiculous. The County created a flawed road design for the east/west roads that intersect Fargo. They need to fix it.

You have been to the website. There is a public forum and every email pro or con that I could get my hands on is posted. Please take the time to look at this site again. The whole site. Every opinion on this topic is not only welcome but is posted. To date the County has nearly 1800 hits to my site! They have had a realistic view of Ranchettes opinions of everyone that has made their opinion public. They have scoured ever line of that site multiple times. I have the tracking data to prove it. I have censored nothing and cherry picked nothing. If you know of a more fair and open way for anyone and everyone to publicly state their opinion and for anyone and everyone to view it, let me know. This was the best I could come up with and judging by the County’s hits, a pretty effective one!

I respect you opinion and your right to express it. I will post your email.

Andy

Now is the time for Board Leadership!

Posted in BCC Meetings, Emails on May 31st, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

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

Grand Jury report released

Posted in Documents, Newspapers on May 29th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

It seems that the property owners in the Ranchettes are not the only people that have a problem with the way the County Engineering Department conducts day to day business.

Read the Palm Beach Post article

Read the entire Grand Jury Report

Can you say Flip Flop?

Posted in Emails on May 29th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

—–Original Message—–
From: Andrew F. Schaller [mailto:andy@upinarms.net]
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2009 3:35 PM
To: ‘BCC-AllCommissioners@pbcgov.org’
Subject: Fargo Avenue

Dear Commissioners,

During the 5-5-2009 BCC Meeting, Commissioner Marcus asked Mr. Weisman, “Will there be how to do it scenarios and what we have to do to get it done?” Mr. Weisman replied, “Yes.” That doesn’t seem likely.

It is my understanding that as of right now, May 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm, Staff is recommending that nothing whatsoever be done with Fargo. In fact after Mr. Webb told the Board numerous times in April that drainage improvements would have to be done on Fargo as a result of the current paving projects, Staff’s position now is a complete reversal. Staff’s current position is that paving the 5 east/west roads that intersect Fargo has actually helped drainage on Fargo!

Additionally, Staff now says that no money will be “given back” to property owners for the current paving projects because of additional cost overruns.

So as of right now the mistakes that have been made, as stated by Mr.
Weisman on numerous occasions, have really benefited Fargo and there is no money available to do anything with Fargo. There are still 1 1/2 days until Agenda review. This is plenty of time for Staff’s position to change once again or several more times.

June 3, 2009 will be one year since I first appeared in front of the Board.
I have spent thousands of dollars, created a website, provided you with printed materials, came to about a dozen board meetings, met with and talked with everyone that would listen to me, all of this over an item that should have been resolved in Engineering design years ago. Please direct Staff to honor Commissioner Marcus’ request of May 5, 2009. Mr. Webb has ignored Commissioner Santamaria’s direction of December 2008 to pave Fargo by: 1) Make it Legal, 2) Make it fair, 3) Make it quick.

In the best interest of everyone involved, please finish this mess.

Sincerely,

Andy Schaller

BCC 6-2-09 Agenda

Posted in BCC Meetings on May 26th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

JUNE 2, 2009
6. REGULAR AGENDA
F. ENGINEERING & PUBLIC WORKS

2. Staff recommends the Board readdress Fargo Avenue and reconsider prior Board direction: relating to the paving of Fargo Avenue. SUMMARY: The Board determined in the April 21st board meeting, at the request of Commissioner Santamaria, that the Fargo Avenue paving assessment options should be placed on a future agenda. This item does that, and it will also cover the history of road paving and associated assessments in the Ranchettes and allow the Board to provide appropriate direction to staff. District 6 (MRE)

Palomino Drive

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

From: Andy [mailto:andy@upinarms.net]
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 5:03 PM
To: ‘GWebb@pbcgov.org’
Cc: ‘RWeisman@pbcgov.org’
Subject: Palomino Drive

Mr. Webb,

Thank you for sending the road crews to Palomino Drive. They are cutting down the grass areas that meet the pavement. Several machines and workers are removing dirt, sand and grass from the road edges to allow road water to now drain into the swales.

Thanks again.

Andy Schaller