What’s even more interesting is that the new agreement with Halifax reads more like a Restitution Agreement than any Amendment to a Contract that I have ever read. Restitution implies wrongdoing and Halifax certainly admits that it has been derelict in paying the City what it is owed (over $488,000 at the end of 2013 and climbing still). The fact that they owe us a half million dollars means they either:
1) took our dirt with our permission (borrowed it) and fell behind on the payments, or
2) took our dirt without our permission (stole it) and got caught.
I’m not sure which is worse. If the City knowingly or unknowingly let the contractor get that far behind in their obligations it indicates, at best, gross mismanagement or extreme incompetence. If the City unknowingly let the contractor walk off with 7,000 loads of dirt it indicates, at best, gross mismanagement or extreme incompetence. It’s hard to imagine that much dirt being moved over that long a time (since before 2005) without someone at the City giving their permission or at least a wink and a nod.
The question is who, and when, and why. Of course, if we ask these questions we will be accused of being “negative” and focusing on problems rather than solutions. Oh well. Before any solution can be found we need to define the problem and if the pursuit of reality produces negative results then that is just the way it is. Reminds me of President Harry “Give ‘em hell Harry” Truman. He said he never gave anyone hell, he just told them the truth and it felt like hell.
Problem is, when you make people uncomfortable, they strike back. It’ll be interesting to see if this snafu can somehow be blamed on activists meddling where they don’t belong. Watch out.
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