Interesting to read your and Mr Clifton’s comments on the large meter replacement project. If I am reading the current Project Manager Report and the Danus Utilities contract extension (withdrawn from the current City Council agenda) correctly, the large meter replacement project is almost complete!! I seems that all but $6.00 of the $699,897.00 budgeted for the project has been spent or encumbered and Danus has replaced 22 of the 23 meters specified in their contract–HUBBA! HUBBA!
Now you guys are trying to bust my bubble with more inferences that all is not as it seems in the Public Utilities Department? That these meters may not have been installed properly and may not be working properly? Unfortunately, with all the management snafus in the department, it is all too easy to believe.
Mr Woodman, if I recall correctly, you mentioned once before that these meters require certain minimum lengths of straight pipe before and after the actual meter in order to function properly. Is this related to what you mean when you say they may be improperly installed? Seems like now would be the appropriate time for the City to do some checking–before the project is completely closed out. Maybe Councilman Ford can ask for another report that can be ignored by the Department head and City Manager.
Wish I had your level of expertise and experience–have lots of questions but nowhere to go for answers. If you get a chance, please look at the Change Order to the South Atlantic Ave and Ridgewood Ave Watermain Adjustments Project and tell me where on the plans I can find the addition of “Cap and Abandon Watermain” that was not in the original contract.
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There is an example of an improperly installed large meter on Dunlawton just west of the Circle K next to the sidewalk that feeds the apartments. You need at least a 5 pipe diameter length of straight pipe before the meter and at least a 2 pipe diameter length of straight pipe after the meter as a general rule or it will not be accurate. This can vary slightly between manufacturers. You should check with manufacturer for proper installation. We have them all over like this. Take a picture and show it to council. You can google the information for proper installation of large meters.
As for the water main projects I would have to review the plans and talk to the project manager for an explanation. I can think of some possible scenarios for this but without reviewing the plans and talking to the project manager it would be conjecture. I doubt that I would be allowed to talk to anyone. I’m public enemy #1 to city management. They should bring the plans and explanation before council with enough advanced notice for them to be able to make an informed decision if they can trust what they are being told. We should all be very skeptical about anything coming out of management.
Hey folks I have an idea for a joint award that can be given to the city manager, the recently resigned ex-utilities director, and the remaining assistant utilities director affectionately referred to as the tree amigos. You can take this award link and modify it with a video , pictures, and narration of the dozens of improperly installed large compound meters at large condominium complexes and in the narration describe the millions of dollars of lost utilities revenues to date.
Do you think that might be why the agenda item for more money for large meter replacement to be installed by Danus Construction Company was just pulled from the consent agenda after this information that the Lifesaver hasso desperately tried to suppress for so long has finally been made known?