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Ssoverlord, I cannot find where the City had 3.7M in 2010 or any year after that. Financial reports were not given often by Mr Olson (the Finance Director hired by Mr Bridges) and were never very accurate as the data was never updated properly. I would appreciate telling me where I can find in the City's (year ending or beginning balance) that the 3.7M was there. It was gone clear back before the 2010 budget and Vlieger, Farmer and Rains were not there then. If you remember Mr Swenson and his Council had to make major cuts to the PD and Parks and Rec Departments because they did not have the 3.7M to draw from. So please show me where I can find that. Maybe we can just blame that on George Bush also. I proved my point that people like you ssoverlord, do not know what they are talking about. Place the blame where it belongs.
Sorry kimstandlee I did not drink the Kool-Aid and my name is not Don. You must believe that everything written or spoken just has to be the truth. What do you believe in my statement is half true? I as a resident of Sunnyside am glad that every issue is debated by Council. It never hurts to get another prospective or idea on anything. When that doesn't we run into trouble. Are you Blond?
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Lets talk about the $70,000 in fines and penalties that we were assessed for not filing and paying the IRS on time. Thank goodness it only cost the City $60,000 to pay a accounting firm to get the $70.000 abated. Guess what it has happened again. I do not know how much it will cost the City this time but I think it will be substantial.
Lets talk about the Helle report. After several Employees filed a Hostile Work Environment complaint our insurance carrier investigated it and found it to have merit. So what did the City do. They paid $9500 to have another report done called the "Helle" report. It was never published because it was critical of the Interim City manager, some high level City Officers and some Council members. Why was that?
How about the 1st Street reconstruction project. The City paid out over $100,000 to have work redone that was not done right. Our inspectors did not catch the problem till it was to late. What was staffs answer? Its alright because the project came in under bid so it wasn't really money out of our pocket.
How many times did our Public Works Director Jim Bridges use his engineering stamp on our projects instead of sending them out for some one else to charge check and charge us?
How about the $50,000 (city share) we paid out because of our Public Works Directors actions towards a female subordinate.
How about the street sweeper that our Public Works Director ordered for the City that would not clean the streets because of the design.
Mr ssoverlord many of these things were discovered and brought forth by these 4 council members. Some of these items were being hid from council knowledge. They were doing there job! You may not like it or agree with it but they saved the City hundreds of thousands
of dollars on just what I have mentioned.
I am sure being a Councilman is not easy. They have to make decisions on what staff provides them and what the public wants. Lots of time the information given to them is not entirely accurate.
If the Council had continued to under fund and ignore the Police Department needs how many drive by's, how many people would have been shot and how many people would not feel safe in there own homes would we have today?
My dad always told me you either have to put up or shut up. In two years we will be electing three council members to serve us. These are open seats and anyone who lives in the city can run. Mr ssoverlord since you seem to know it all and have all of the answers it is time for you to put up or shut up!
So Mr ssoverlord if you wish to contest any of my claims knock your self out. These claims are all public record. I know I can make another list just like the one I just wrote and continue on with other examples. Get over it and lets all move on.
Mr ssoverlord, I very seldom read the online blogs and when I have I have noticed that you have an intense dislike for Vlieger, Rains, Farmer and Hicks. I also note that you don't agree with them often. Let me bring to your attention a few things that I feel you overlooked. If I missed any of them in your blogs I am sorry.
Lets Start with one of your big concerns the PD. I will give you the fact that they were not as careful as they should of been with our money and wasted alot. But lets look at what happened during that time. The previous City Manager Swensen, the Finance Director and the Council could not read a financial report. (Vlieger,Rains,Farmer,Hicks were not on that council) They thought the City was going to come up a million dollars short and they laid of cops, closed the Community Center and shut down the Parks and Rec department only to find out their mistake later. None of those positions were refilled, the Community Center was not reopened and fell into disrepair and the Parks and Rec department was not reinstated.
The Police Department had to rely on over time to meet safe staffing. We also had a cop shooting downtown and that took several officers off duty for several weeks until the investigation cleared them. You also failed to mention how much of that overtime money was reimbursed to the City.
Lets talk about the $700,000 in outside attorney fees that Interim City Manager Jim Bridges and City Manager Mark Gervasi blew thru and spent in less than 2 years while Grandview spent $90,000 with the same firm.
Lets talk about the $50,000 in illegal pay raises that Interim City Manager Jim Bridges gave with out Council knowledge or approval which was required by law. This is $50,000 per year going forward.
I have run out of my allotted space and will continue with a new blog if permitted.
George Paulus has done a great job! His program (Staff and students) are a credit to the school and community. It is a well deserved award. Looking forward to many more seasons.
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