Does This Sound Like Another Lame Case of Passing The Buck?


To: “Mary Anderson” <>

Thanks for your reply Mary.
Surprised to hear that the County takes care of trees planted in the parking lot of Fire Station #74 and inside the Airport Road Park, but Ok.  Please let me know their response.  Hopefully they get them trimmed up soon.
Scott Stiltner

Subject: Trees Along Airport Road
From: “Anderson, Mary” <>
Date: Wed, September 25, 2013 2:02 pm
To: “” <>
“Kisela, Greg” <>
“Rivera, Cynthia” <>
> Good afternoon,
> The trees in question are under Volusia County maintenance and not City of Port Orange jurisdiction. I will pass along the concern to Volusia County officials for response. Thank you!
> Regards,
> Mary
> Mary J. Anderson, PWLF
> Public Works Director
> City of Port Orange
> 386-506-5590

Mr. Kisela,
There are several trees over hanging the sidealks in violation of City Code around the Port Orange Fire Station on Airport Rd.  In particular the sidewalk leading up to the front of the station just west of the Waters Edge entrance, on the side and going into the Airport Road Park all have trees overhanging in violation of the City’s 7’6″ minimum clearance code for sidewalks.  Is it possible to have someone address this issue?
Scott Stiltner


5 thoughts on “Does This Sound Like Another Lame Case of Passing The Buck?

  • September 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    So what if our Mary flunked geography.

    Constance Dogood
    2:07 PM
    So what if Greg’s Public Works Director can’t: keep her equipment in good repair, or communicate with her staff, or cut grass, or keep roof top gardens from growing in fire station gutters, or pick-up piles of dirt in fire station parking lots, or keep public works gates and doors locked on Sundays, or keep the EXIT signs lit and replace burnt out bulbs in Council Chambers, or prevent the grounds at City Hall from looking like a shitt hole, or not lie and disrespect contractors with excellent reputations everywhere but at Public Works, or change the Illinois tag on her car in the 10 months she has been enjoying a $100,000 city salary.
    So what if our Mary flunked geography. WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL.
    Port Orange has a policy of on the job training, and the important thing is that Mary is a quick learner which is obvious because in just a couple of e-mails she now realizes that the County is not responsible for overgrown trees at our fire stations and in our City parks.
    Greg likes making excuses. I’ll bet he really likes his Mary.

  • September 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    The funny thing is in Greg’s most recent pick for Public Utilities Director, ICMA Manager Jason Yarborough who resigned as Public Utilities Director of Palm Bay, Florida after the release of a scathing report on utility management which he most likely was going to be fired over, Greg had a dream team committee to help him make that selection.
    Instead of utilizing the expertise and knowledge of the senior management team within Public Utilities and taking the advice of the individuals that gave the candidates facility tours, guess what he did. He assembled his selection team who was composed of such esteemed dignitaries as Wayne Saunders, Mary Anderson, Shannon Lewis, and Donna Steinebach who know as much about Public Utilities as Richard Simmons knows about street fighting and his ICMA yes crew validated the predetermined selection of the manager in assembling his opaque regime.
    We have to ask ourselves the question is Port Orange becoming the rest home for all of the failed ICMA managers and is Greg Kisela trying to set himself up as the new Port Orange Demigod?
    All concerned employees and citizens of Port Orange appeal to the City Council to act fast before it gets much worse.

  • September 26, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    What’s Mary’s excuse for still having an Illinois tag on her car after working in Florida for 10 months which incidently is illegal and a ticketable offense.?
    A. Couldn’t afford the tags. I only make $100,000 a year.
    B. Gosh, I plumb forgot.
    C. The dog ate my homework.
    D. In case I get fired I won’t have to change tags when I go home.
    E. It’s Tuff Turf’s fault.

  • September 26, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    This is just all so embarrassing and dehumanizing for long term employees, middle management, supervisors, and seasoned veterans to witness. If you question any of this and are anything but a yes man you are branded as a trouble maker.
    The Council needs to act swiftly before John Galt leaves the house. Then all you will be left with is Kisela, his ICMA cronies, and any obsequious yes men that they can use to prolong this house of cards.
    Please Council do something about this!

  • September 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Mr. Port Orange received a quick answer to the license plate issue. It will be taken care of today. Will we ever know if there was also not a valid Florida D.L.? If not the City was left wide open for a possible law suit had there been a motor vehicle accident.
    Let me guess. No reprimands, nobody tracks this, we will be coming forward with a policy in the near future. Why don’t we have a Pizza Party instead. Thanks Mr. Port Orange .
    Perhaps your quest to transform our medians from toxic looking wasteland to something more acceptable will also be successful. It appears that when you speak they seem to listen.


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