Subject: FW: Dear Dennis
Seems like you are still not getting it. There wasn’t going to be any further discussion – at least not of a balanced and meaningful nature. The intent was to have me and perhaps one or two others in attendance respond in a most un-prepared fashion relative to the coordinated attack of Burnette & Laney and then rely on the predictable Green, Kennedy, Burnette cadre to vote me off the 2 City Boards. That was the intent and it has blown up in your faces.
Descriptors such as “ Detrimental ” and “ Beneficial ” only take on a debate context assuming the underlying action they are describing have precipitated a fundamental change in something. For example the dissent of the guy who complains about not being able to walk at the City Golf course is neither detrimental or beneficial because thus far at least it has changed nothing.
In This Instance however the peaceful and mannerly citizen dissent of myself and others that take up no more that 10 – 20 minutes at each meeting have fundamentally “ changed “ Port Orange government, AND for that to have happened something dreadfully incompetent and deceitful in how Port Orange has been managed must have been right below the surface of some very thin ice. Otherwise the veneer would not have cracked as wide open as it has, as quick as it has, and with such little pressure.
Now we come to the eye of the beholder and I am not surprised that you consider my “actions” to have been detrimental, BECAUSE they have been ….. to your dismal performance on Council.
You have sat up there for years and not once to my knowledge have you insisted in any meaningful manner that 2 different Managers ever be held to any standard of responsibility or accountability for their own performance or that of their staff. Nor can you plead ignorance for your nonfeasant in-action, BECAUSE you have received troubling information of lax to non-existent internal controls going back to at least 2006 with the HR Doctor’s report and the principled resignation of the then IT Director Tom Fitzgerald. The audit comments of every Internal and Year end Auditor from then to now have detailed one internal control deficiency after another, AND THROUGH all of those disclosures what meaningful action did you ever insist the Manager undertake to safeguard taxpayer interests ??
BTW Council’s failure to insist that the Manager implement meaningful personnel and internal control changes in Finance and IT in 2006 was the direct and proximate cause of the water billing fiasco that cost taxpayers $ millions and that came to light in 2012. But what the hey you were playing nice, no fus no mus ….. defiantly no dissent.
You are mistaken in your opinion that I am not working to better Port Orange government. I am doing that exact thing by advocating for accountability, responsibility and transparency in an effort to eliminate the waste and incompetence that have sadly become Port Orange government’s trademark. Gone will be the Mayor’s back room developer deals that have given us the wasted millions on Gamble, Dock to No-Where, Riverwalk, Well Fields, and the cluster …. you know what that Dunlawton has become compliments of an obfuscating Mayor and his pocket vote councilmen.
You know I’ll bet the majority of Volusians are thinking right about now that if Halifax Health had received citizen activist oversight similar to that in Port Orange, taxpayers might not be out the near $150 million recently spent defending the incompetent management practices of the hospital.
As for you insight into the election process remember two things. You were elected in 2010 with 50.1 % of the vote meaning that 49.9 % of voters wanted you replaced 4 years ago, AND YOU ARE NOT seeking re-election this time because you know the same result would await you as befell Bob P in his bid to seek re-election in 2012.
From: Kennedy, Dennis [mailto:DennisK@port-orange.org]
Sent: Saturday, August 09, 2014 7:30 AM
To: Ted Noftall
Cc: Kennedy, Dennis; Lewis, Shannon; City Council; Roberts, Margaret
Subject: Re: Dear Dennis
As I am sure you already know there are vast differences between you and me. I had a great deal of respect for you in the past because I was impressed with your abilities and knowledge but I strongly disagree with your methods of implementing them. When Don made his speech the other night by the time that he finished I had heard enough to know I that I agreed and knew that we needed further discussion. I feel that your actions have been detrimental to the city of Port Orange for too long. I have had literally dozens of citizens call or stop me to talk and ask why we have allowed you to continue, what they feel, is an effort to destroy the city. I had a caller today who told me that he was sick of the way that you and your “band of supporters” seem to highjack the council every week and he wanted to know how to stop this from happening. He felt it was disruptive and wasting the council’s time, that we should get back to the job at hand, running the city and as he put it undoing the damage that has already been caused. I have to agree that we have spent far too much time and effort working to undo the damage that has been done.
I should remind you sir that you gave the citizens of Port Orange the opportunity to elect you to council, something they choose overwhelmingly not to do. I on the other hand won my election and was subsequently re-elected not once but twice…obviously I was doing something that the citizens approved of. You may judge your views and ideals against that standard.
Again, I am saddened by your continued actions and wish that you could put your passion to work trying to better the city rather than tear it down. You could be a strong force for change if you could only learn to work with people instead of bullying them in an effort to get them to do or see things your way.
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