" No Disciplinary Action Taken .. No Disciplinary Action Planned "

POTaxpayerfrustratedWhich of these statements is  the more offensive
8 short words    No Disciplinary Action Taken …. No Disciplinary Action Planned     that  once again confirm  the  complete lack  of responsibility and accountability in  Port Orange government.  NO DEPARTMENT HEADS ARE  HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ANYTHING.    NOT EVER    UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES       DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT TRYING.
Self-serving statement   The Director Is Reviewing The Policies and Procedures when in fact a  potentially fatal accident in a  totally unsafe  work environment was caused by the non-feasance of the  incompetent Utilities director to begin with.
In your face statement   To Determine If They Were Followed   signaling  loud and clear that  Kisela is scapegoat hunting,    And  that HE IS IN CHARGE  and he will cram and jam down Council’s throat  whatever  whitewash report at whatever cost to taxpayers it takes to  protect his incompetent department heads in Utilities, Finance and Public Works.
These  statements and the underlying actions they betray  are an insensitive slap in the face to Port Orange taxpayers whether or not our seemingly castrated Council representatives  can muster up the courage to admit it,  Much less heaven forbid,    do anything meaningful about it  ….
LIKE DISMISSING  Kisela for the self serving   ICMA  bureaucrat that he is,  AND  HIRING  a Manager from the private sector with a proven record of success as judged by the marketplace where    Accountability, Responsibility  and Consequences  are an everyday occurrence.   AND WHO knows from firsthand experience that the private sector has  2 important regulators on its behavior.
*- Satisfying consumer demand  in a voluntary marketplace where value  is repeatedly confirmed or discounted  in  billions of daily transactions,  and  *- to a  lesser degree  government regulations.
By contrast the government mindset  even at its best,   operates as  force monopoly where  compulsory participation with its  edicts  is  ultimately enforced at  gun point.
We  like to kid ourselves and say that is ok because we control the government ….  presumably through our elected representatives.   WELL HOW Is That Controlling Government  Working Out For Us in Washington, Tallahassee,  Deland,  And Here  In Port Orange ??
If we are ever to restock  our Country with the confidence and opportunity that abounded in all generations past,  and that is diminishing daily in our own,  and that will not be  bequeathed  to our children’s generation  in any form that would be recognized by even out grandparents,  we must reduce the burden  of regulations, fees and taxes  by shrinking our bloated  governments that have neither the marketplace against which to judge its  actions, nor the inclination to follow its own laws.     We can start doing that by making Port Orange government  live within its means in the upcoming budget  —  as do the rest of us.
At this point City residents should be buying any of what Kisela and his incompetent management team is selling,    AND that poses an intolerable situation because residents need to have a confident certainty that the CEO, CFO and the Utilities and Works Directors  employed on their behalf are competent,  AND CURRENTLY THEY ARE NOT.
This is a huge problem  as an incomplete budget that includes  spending  millions on a failing golf course,   millions more dressing up City property adjoining BUDDY’s  property under the guise of a park,  17 new hires,  wage increases based not on merit but on breathing,  AND  a proposal to raise water rates in the 30% range to cover spending millions more on a faulty meter program are all before Council and they have all been produced by incompetents.       This is a receipt for a disastrous tax increase  that the taxpayers of Port Orange do not deserve. .
Council needs to immediately:

  • *)   Dismiss Kisela.
  • *)   Determine if limiting  certain authorities of the Manager can be accomplished by Ordinance  or if a Charter Amendment is required.
  • *)   Freeze  all non-essential  spending  for at least a year until a new Manager is hired  and  comprehensive financials   and multi faceted  detailed analysis’s  in which justified confidence may be expressed are  being produced.

Is our Council listening to any of this ??
Ted Noftall

From: Ted Noftall [mailto:Ted@TedNoftall.com]
Sent: Saturday, June 14, 2014 7:33 AM
To: ‘Lewis, Shannon’
Subject: FW: Why is water line report referred to as “Final Report ”
Thank you as always Shannon for your prompt and courteous response

—–Original Message—–
From: Lewis, Shannon [mailto:slewis@port-orange.org]
Sent: Friday, June 13, 2014 4:14 PM
To: Ted Noftall
Cc: Fenwick, Robin; Kisela, Greg
Subject: RE: Why is water line report referred to as “Final Report ”
Hello Ted,
No disciplinary action has been taken and I am not aware of any planned; however, the director is reviewing the policies and procedures to determine if they were followed.  The report that was sent out last night had the phrase final report as the subject line, which is why I referred to it as that.  I have confirmed that there was no interim or preliminary report provided to the City by Arcadis. The City Manager and Utility Director received a briefing via teleconference on the 6th and the consultant indicated to them at that time that they would be finalizing the report.  On Tuesday of this week, the consultant was asked to provide the report to the City as soon as possible.  It was sent to the Utility Director last night and I forwarded it on.
Thank you, Shannon

From: Ted Noftall [mailto:Ted@TedNoftall.com]
Sent: Friday, June 13, 2014 3:23 PM
To: ‘Lewis, Shannon’
Cc: ‘Fenwick, Robin’; gkisela@port-orange.org
Subject: Why is water line report referred to as “Final Report ”
Good afternoon Shannon,
Now that the “final” report on the water line break has been made public can you advise:
*)   If any disciplinary has been taken or if any has been planned.
*)   Why the consulting engineer refer to his report  as the “ Final Report” ………    Was there an  interim or  preliminary report ??      Why did he delay  sending a report that was signed and sealed on June 6th  until  6:43pm on June 12th   ??     Was he asked to do so ??
Thank you
Ted Noftall      .

From: Lewis, Shannon [mailto:slewis@port-orange.org]
Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:49 PM
To: City Council; Kisela, Greg
Cc: DeptHeads
Subject: Fwd: Final Report
Good Evening Mayor and City Council Members,
Attached is the final report from Arcadis regarding the recent water line break. The City Manager has scheduled a workshop for the consultants to present their findings on June 24th when all Council Members will be present. The workshop will begin at 5:15.
Thank you, Shannon
Sent from my iPad

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