The Dismal Port Orange Median Problems & Planning Continues (Maybe!)


Can’t See The Grass For the Weeds November 27, 2013 7:32 AM
“Ted Noftall” <>
To: “Greg Kisela” <>

The recent News Journal medians article has me concerned that some people are in possession of greater financial information than others, and even if that is not the case no sensible discussion can be had regarding City  medians until we all  possess an understanding of that portion of the Public Works budget that is earmarked for medians.
Accordingly would you provide a  *  line by line analysis  of the current year median budget, And for each of the 5 previous years.
This should not be time consuming request as these kinds of numbers  should be  prepared as part of the build-up in any departments budget request and subsequent modification or approval.
If this kind of detail is not available then it needs to be if we are going to advance the conversation beyond a stampede mentality of empty sound bites,   AND  IF  you are going to answer Tuff Turfs underlying allegation which is  —  the medians look the way they do in large measure because  Public Works has not been applying the required  amount of  Irrigation, Fertilizer and Pesticide to those medians.
If that has happened it was never by the design of Council  in any discussions I sat through.  Those discussions regarding budget cutbacks in so far as they affected medians were confined to reducing the frequency of mows only   — in any budget documents that were ever made public.
We need to know what is being spent, and what it is being spent on.
If you do not understand what I am requesting please give me a call.
Ted Noftall

One thought on “The Dismal Port Orange Median Problems & Planning Continues (Maybe!)

  • November 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Can you work with Mary Anderson and prepare the requested information? You may need to go back 6 or 7 years as I think the financial impacts of the recession started hitting the Port Orange operating budgets in 2007/2008. I would simply do a budget vs. actual for each year unless funding was shifted from one Department to another.
    Greg Kisela
    City Manager


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