Did Mayor Green Put Another One Over On City Residents ??

Allen_GreenMr. Mayor my hat is off to you. You have thus far been  masterful in deflecting the political blame for the latest chapter in Port Orange’s Augmented Reclaimed Water book of failure.
No reference to the primary purpose of the $2.9 million that was spent on the Dunlawton Avenue Drainage Improvement Project.
No reference to the total and complete inadequacy of the current and former over paid useless directors of Public Works and Utilities hired by the last two Managers that you had totally co-opted.
Just a masterful  nothing would have worked anyway, and people down in the trenches don’t want to be picked on,  as if they are the problem.
Which is little more than a dig at a small group watchdog activists advocating for some modicum of transparency and accountability,
AND A back hand swing at the one councilman who has criticized your obfuscating ways  and whom you are attempting to replace on Council with your god-daughter.
We all know that  Lower Dunlawton Avenue along with most of the rest of Florida will flood  in severe enough storm conditions.  That  is not the issue.
The issue is whether the recent $2.9 million spent on the Dunlawton Avenue Drainage Improvement Project was spent “primarily”  to forestall flooding for as long as possible in a storm event  OR  to augment yet more water for the  Reclaimed Water System that you have determined  is needed for Port Orange.
If it was the former wouldn’t the 10 acre retention area behind Powers Avenue have been designed and constructed as a near dry pond with discharge capability of its own that could be utilized  in storm conditions,  so as to extend its capacity to be able to accept and discharge flood water for as long as possible in a storm  event,   AND  THUS  ensure by extension that Dunlawton Avenue remained passable and the adjoining properties remained flood free for as long as possible into that storm  event also ?
But  not only was  that 10 acre retention area not designed as near dry retention,  wasn’t it designed and operated as a maximum capacity pond without credible capability to discharge water in  storm conditions ?
Can any  conclusion be drawn other than the  Dunlawton Pond was built primarily to  receive and store water from the Halifax Canal via an inlet gate on Halifax Canal just south of Dunlawton Avenue with assistance from a newly installed tidal gate just north of Oak Street  —  as an additional augmented  source of water for the Reclaimed Water System ?
Wasn’t that inlet gate last used to ensure the Dunlawton Pond was full a little over a week before the flooding on September 24th ?
Can any conclusion be drawn other than its discharge capabilities were an  afterthought  that proved to be near non-existent in the recent rain event,  as they consisted of a  —  shared discharge pipe into the Halifax River that  has  miniscule capacity in a storm event as virtually of that pipes capacity is devoted to discharging effluent into the Halifax River,  AND  a second discharge pipe into the Halifax Canal  south of the tidal gate that cannot be utilized once  a storm event causes the Halifax Canal to spill its banks and flood properties further south along Spruce Creek Road  because as  the  old saying goes you can’t stack water on top of water ?
Am I wrong in noting that  the Dunlawton Pond  started out  the recent 5 hour rain event of  Sept 24th chock block full of water,  and  with no  credible discharge capacity available to pump that pond down, it was less capable of forestalling flooding in a short lived rain event than before the $ 2.9 million  Drainage Improvement project was constructed.   The existing  gravity  flow  retention area behind Powers Avenue that was far from ideal but didn’t  it manage to absorb and discharge  flood water well into prior storm events before flooding made Dunlawton Avenue impassable ?
Wouldn’t the old system have better forestalled flooding on Dunlawton  if it had simply been fitted with Storm pumps into the 36 inch effluent line and operated as a near dry pond,  instead of the year round maximum capacity wet pond that was created to cater to your fixation with additional Augmented water for the failed  Reclaimed water system irrespective of cost or consequence ?
Including the 2004 and 2009 storm conditions did  Dunlawton  Avenue ever flood  in less than 5 hours into a rain event ?
Mr. Mayor why did flooding that closed Dunlawton Avenue occur so quickly ?   AND DON’T say because the pond was not pumped down as the old retention area had no pumping capacity.
Dunlawton Avenue is the  major emergency route to  hospitals and the major evacuation route to safety  in this area.   Keeping that road passable under all but the most severe of storm events should have been the  singular focus of the 2012 construction efforts  that were heavily funded with State dollars.
Was it at least the primary focus, OR  did Flood mitigation take a back seat to Water augmentation ?
If the primary focus of the  $2.9 million expenditure was Drainage Improvements to forestall flooding  then Mr. Mayor  you and your long serving engineering firm  need to start presenting some convincing evidence  to that effect,   AND IF you and they CANNOT you need to be straight-up recalled, and your engineer friends need to be  shown the door as regards  future work from the City of  Port Orange.   
The obfuscation and ulterior motives here are disgusting.  City residents and others who rely on Dunlawton Avenue deserved much better.
Ted Noftall

6 thoughts on “Did Mayor Green Put Another One Over On City Residents ??

  • October 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm
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    Well said, don’t hold your breath for him to issue any type,of reply.
    He will continue his arrogance and remain for two more years.
    You want accountability ? Who is the only long termer remaining ? The council has turned over, Parker did his 25 years, department heads have turned over. Mayor Green Jeans own up to something and admit fault ? We’ll never see it.

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  • October 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm
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    And tonight we have the return of Mrrrrrrrr Port Orange as he comes out of the woodwork !

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    • October 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm
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      At least he made a valid point for once.

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      • October 8, 2014 at 6:22 am
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        I was thinking the same thing. It’s his presentation that stinks.
        He comes up with “I’ll sue the city” crap. If he was more toned down and articulate they would listen to him more. He generally comes across as a fool.

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  • October 8, 2014 at 6:44 am
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    Ted Noftall also made a great point.
    We can help a huge already rich developer with millions of dollars BUT we can’t help a young couple with a valid problem attempting to make a decent life I the city. Also we lose a lower level water plant worker who gave an impassioned presentation about wages and why he had to leave his position over money. He couldn’t speak up when he was an active employee obviously. He points out that the money is better in Bunnell, FL for city workers doing the same job. Very sad.
    We still have a long way to go to dig out of all the issues in Port Orange.

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  • October 8, 2014 at 9:52 am
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    So the Mayor can call on the Rec Dept director to see if she can “hobble up ” to the podium which she does on crutches and we don’t hear a word out of Blowhard Burnette and Sonya Lazy. But when Ted references the Payroll Pilferer as Peg-leg they call for Ted’s public lynching.
    Can you spell DOUBLE STANDARD.

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