Did Someone Fumble the Ball Again?

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Who should be paying for this maintenance and/or who is negligent? 

This is a follow-up to Mr Stiltner observations and complaint about deplorable conditions of the landscape maintenance on Dunlawton Ave near I-95.  
It is apparent that D.P.W has been performing some minimal landscape maintenance on the Medians & all Shoulders along the entire length of Dunlawton Ave. for the past several years.  The City has also hired a Street Sweeper contractor to mechanically sweep this roadway on a regular schedule.  I also understand that the City is about to expend several hundred thousand dollars to improve the landscape on these medians.
 From the signs installed along Dunlawton it is apparent that this entire roadway is part of the State Highway System (Route 421)  thus,  is under the responsibility and maintenance jurisdiction of the Florida DOT.
In view of the above, I have few questions ;
  • Does FDOT reimburse Port Orange for any of the above maintenance expenses incurred by the City?   Also, why would this small area of Dunlawton be FDOT’s responsibility (via what agreement) but the rest of this state road  is not their maintenance responsibility? 
  •  The County is receiving reimbursement from FDOT for the maintenance of Traffic Signals along Dunlawton;   is it possible that part of that funding is for landscape maintenance?
  • Did Port Orange D.P.W. have instructions to maintain the landscape along the entire length of Dunlawton with an exception of that small area near I-95  OR  did someone at D.P.W. just fumble the ball again?    
P. Nelan

Mr. Kisela,
Over a month ago, and on more than one occasion, council members have noted that the weed growth is out of control and needs to be address under the I-95 over pass.  Can you please tell me why nothing has been done?  Look at the attached pictures.  It is absolutely disgraceful that residents and visitors get off I-95 at the Port Orange exit that this is one of the first things they have to see.
Why is the City not being more responsive to the direction of the council on things like this.  One of our former Public Works Directors would have heard this surface concern surface from a councilman or the City Manager and it would have been handled before lunch the very next day, and he never would have worried about whether it was really the County or State’s responsibility.  He would have just got it done because he realized it was a bad reflection on our City.  Why can’t things like this get done?  This is so disappointing and frustrating.  This job should take about 2 hours for 2 workers with flat bladed shovels, 1 weed eater and some commercial grade Round-Up to handle and it would be looking great.  
PLEASE have them do something about this!
Scott Stiltner

as you have stated the responsibility to maintain this area is FDOT.   It was reported to them when the original complaint(s) came in several weeks ago.  Regardless I have authorized Public Works to utilize City resources to do a one-time clean up of the area and work with FDOT to enhance the maintenance and frequency in the future.
Greg Kisela
City Manager

Thank you Greg!
I guess this is a policy discussion that is a MUST to have with council.  This is just not a major undertaking to maintain to a “decent standard.”   I happened to see the areas under the over passes in Ormond, Daytona and Palm Coast today.  None of them look anything like ours, not even close!  So is it that FDOT is only neglecting to maintain ours, or are the other City’s just handling it themselves.
Regardless, we should not allow the responsiveness, or lack there of, of FDOT to dictate how our City looks.  Simply not acceptable!

2 thoughts on “Did Someone Fumble the Ball Again?

  • December 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Let me find out on the transfer agreement of FDOT’s maintenance responsibility to the City of Port Orange. The maintenance of signals in my experience is strictly for signals and does not include any other maintenance. From the response from FDOT on the interchange it appears they have acknowledged they were responsible for maintaining that area.
    Greg Kisela
    City Manager

  • December 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    To piggy-back on what Pat is requesting when do you believe we will get a comprehensive answer to the e-mails reproduced below which approach these medians from a budget perspective with the understanding that Council cannot possibly know how much more needs to be spent on these medians until we know what is currently being spent, And what it is being spent on.
    This request and your direction to Finance was made back on Nov 27th . What is the hold up ??
    Ted Noftall
    —–Original Message—–
    From: Kisela, Greg [mailto:gkisela@port-orange.org]
    Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 11:12 AM
    To: Saunders, Wayne; Anderson, Mary
    Cc: Bob Ford; Kennedy, Dennis; don@amlsfl.com; Drew Bastian; Green, Allen; Ted Noftall
    Subject: RE: Can’t See The Grass For the Weeds
    Wayne: 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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