Ford, You Don’t Mean a Tickler File, Do You?

tickleFile2By: hank |

September 24 2013 23:06

Good Evening Dr. Ford,
I saw and heard your response in the city council meeting of 8 24 13 to the following item:
Item 20 –        Extension and Amendment of the August 28, 2007 Agreement with QLHA
The City’s contract with Quentin L. Hampton Associates, Inc. for Site and Subdivision inspections expired on August 27, 2012.  RFSQ 12-36 was prepared for Professional Construction Inspection Services, Environmental Services, and Debris Monitoring Services. Due to a number of issues including staff turnover, a bid protest, bid protest appeal to the City Council and complexity of the contracts the award of RFSQ 12-36 was delayed and is scheduled for City Council approval on September 24, 2013 and will cover a five-year term beginning October 1, 2013. This Extension and Amendment renews the contract for the period commencing on August 28, 2012 and continuing until September 30, 2013, and provides for the inclusion statutory language regarding Public Records Compliance.
Do I understand the situation to be that no one had maintained a tickler file on when contracts expire, such as the one with Hampton Associates, and similar previous problems in not receiving or billing for franchise fees owed by the tow truck agency and the bill board company.? Are we talking about having an index file indicating when contracts expire?  Or a large calendar on the wall with dates marked for contract expirations?  Or even a computer calendar indicating contract expirations or fees due?  I must not understand what is lacking, because even I have a tickler file for when my water bill is due.
And should I be amazed that you ask the City Manager to please ask the staff in his departments to do better work?
Some city council member expressed disappointment that the council is still finding out new things going wrong in the operational field.
I will not repeat my remedy for such on going disappointments, because even I am tired of beating a dead horse.  You can lead a horse to inspection and therefore control, but you can’t make a mule carry it out.
It is too bad that we did not hire a city manager who knew how to take charge, immediately fix responsibility, enforce accountability, and have someone inspecting for him, that his new management style was being effective.
Memo to the Janitor.
Effective immediately, you will submit a memo to the city manager every Tuesday listing   what repairs, replacements or fixing is needed in city hall.  This will include light bulbs and fire exit bulbs.  Cc your memo to your supervisor.
Memo to the supervisor:
You will submit a memo every Friday that repairs needed for the week as listed by the janitor have been carried out or not.  You will also indicate in your memo to the city manager, any repairs you have found that have not been indicated in the janitor’s memo.
Geez – what is so hard about running city hall?  Is there someone in the city council who does  not want new problems to be discovered and reported?
I notice that the city manager finds many issues coming before him to be complex.
Someone had better start some inspection and control of the city manager.
– hank springer

8 thoughts on “Ford, You Don’t Mean a Tickler File, Do You?

  • September 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    As an elderly Port Orange resident I watch the City Council meetings on Pog TV and am very interested in what appears to be unfolding within the city.
    Mr, Kinsela has been in his position as City Manager since I believe February or March of this year. It is now almost October and with someone supposedly experienced in running a city I find he is doing a dismal job of it.
    Just watch his body language at the meetings, his excuses, his evasivness, his passing the buck to the previous administration and his apparent lack of attention to the problems plaguing the city. He appears to be clueless on how to go about running things and doesn’t seem to have a handle on problem solving.
    This business with the expired contracts is unbelievable.
    I seriously doubt that he rides around town as do our council members , observing what is going wrong with the upkeep of our city. For goodness sake, he doesn’t even notice missing light bulbs in city hall.
    I think for the well being of Port Orange citizens the council should consider giving him his walking papers.
    Mazie Daisy Fancy Worker

  • September 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Miss Daisy you are correct. As a senior living in zone 1 I trust that Mr. Ford will let us know when it is time to let the manager go. With the new follies that arise each week it is only a matter of time until City Council cleans house and the the courage of Mr. Ford will initiate it. I am certain he would like to peacefully resume his bicycle rides and once again be proud to live in the beautiful City that has been stripped away from us all. If it were not for Mr. Ford there would be absolutely no accountability.

  • September 25, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    It is interesting how you picked up on his body language during council meetings. You are adept at detecting the signs he regularly emits that detect deception and lying. I am sure that Councilman Ford who is a retired law enforcement professional is very well aware of all the obvious body language, voice intonations, gestures, and verbal responses that the city manager habituates that telegraph that he is being perpetually deceptive. The biggest giveaway is when he regularly compacts himself and starts fidgeting with his face and ears. He than slumps down and answers with a higher pitched tone. He has no emotional tone in his voice and answers with flat effect. He either gives extremely short answers or pauses and overthinks his answer and then supplies an overabundance of unnecessary detail. Check this link out for more information.

  • September 26, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Here we go again. A carbon copy of the previous city manager…only not nearly as smart. Give the previous one credit as he was able to pererpetrate his litttle games for many, many years surrounded by he band of co-conspirators.
    Now we’ve got the identical situation only it appears that this guy is not as intelligent but here again he has surrounded himself with his cohorts, all of which (including him)have troubled work history trailing behind them.
    A Rule of Thumb when hiring a new city manager should be that he is not permitted to select people who he personally knows for the jobs under him.
    This would give a fresh perspective and new ideas coming forth and input from people who are not beholding to him for hiring them knowing full well and good that they had a checkered past work record.

  • September 27, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Check this out it is food for thought. This is just the tip of the iceberg. City Council please due some more due diligence and you will be amazed.
    WJHG – Destin Crap
    Destin, Fla — At Monday’s meeting, the Destin City Council voted to turn over tapes of their last three meetings to the state attorney’s office.
    The city council meetings became contentious after council members charged that City Manager Greg Kisela had broke a city ordinance by selling 14 city cemetery plots to local Businessman Rick Olson.
    The limit for one person or family is supposed to be six.
    Since then, allegations have flown back and forth at city council meetings.
    – Some council members say Kisela wrongfully fired his city clerk and others, in turn, have charged council members with breaking Florida Sunshine laws about public communication.
    Council members say they will leave it up to the state attorney to decide whether any laws have been violated.
    Some city council members say they hope meetings can return to normal now.
    The state attorney investigations, for now, will center only on the meeting minutes.

  • September 28, 2013 at 12:04 am

    This is interesting reading and the city council should take heart of this with all that will transpire at city hall this Tuesday when the agenda item comes up for the Roger Smith settlement. Remember Greg Kisela has been responsible for the adverse action of conversion of city employees sick and vacation leave that were found to be innocent of any wrong doing. He also used cohersive measures to get most of them to sign their rights away in fear of loosing their jobs. If the mayor signs off on this agreement there will be serious repercussions.

  • September 28, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Some very interesting reading about the employment history of our illustrious city manager. Is this part of the due diligence that was performed in hiring him? Maybe we will get some answers at the Tuesday night council meeting. Who Knows maybe council will call for a special vote to see if a majority of our city officials want to nix this liability to the citizens and workforce once and for all.

  • September 28, 2013 at 8:58 am

    This here’s a story about Judy and Greg Kisela
    Two old lovers with nothin’ better to do
    Than sit around the farm, feed animals, and watch the tube
    And here is what happened when they decided to cut loose
    They headed down to, ooh, old Port Orange
    That’s where they ran into a great big hassle
    Kisela screwed the employees while robbing their castle
    Greg & Judy take the golden parachute and run
    Go on take the golden parachute and run
    Go on take the golden parachute and run
    Go on take the golden parachute and run
    Go on take the golden parachute and run
    Ted Noftall is an activist down in Port Orange
    You know he knows just exactly what the facts is
    He ain’t gonna let those two escape justice
    Kisela makes his livin’ off of the people’s taxes
    Judy Kisela, whoa, whoa, she slipped away
    Greg Kisela caught up to her the very next day
    They got the golden parachute, hey
    You know they gonna get away
    They headed to Walton County and they’re running from Elgin today
    Singin’ go on take the golden parachute and run
    Go on take the golden parachute and run
    Go on take the golden parachute and run
    Go on take the golden parachute and run
    Go on take the golden parachute and run
    Go on take the golden parachute and run
    Go on take the golden parachute and run
    Go on take the golden parachute and run
    Racial Advocate Pursues Quest To Thwart Lauderdale Officials
    By Brittany Wallman Staff writer, June 28, 2003
    Elgin Jones is still carrying on his crusade. The city’s racism whistle-blower may be gone from City Hall, carrying with him the $455,000 settlement of his racial discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. But he hasn’t gone far. This week, he helped torpedo new employment for assistant city manager Greg Kisela. Before that, Jones helped sink a job offer made to former assistant city manager Pete Witschen. Jones is making good on his vow to trail Fort Lauderdale’s administrators so that no one will forget the racial troubles that wrapped City Hall in a web of complaints, lawsuits, settlements, anger and bad publicity for years.


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