Impact of Berm Removal on Recent Dunlawton Flooding

floodedGood afternoon Manager Harden,
I am sure you realize your e-mail below raises several questions  —  CONSIDERING  the  plans on which this project was permitted by the SJRWMD  depict a berm extending from Dunlawton Avenue north to Herbert Street,   AND FURTHER CONSIDERING  that the signed and sealed  As-Built Certification  for this project  states that  it was not completed in substantial conformance with those permitted plans and specifications in that all work north of Dunlawton Avenue was deleted from the project.   Accordingly:
1)  As regards the permitted plans what purpose or function was the work north of Dunlawton Ave designed to provide.
2)  What design impact did including or removing this work have on the project  in terms of original calculations (with bern), and revised calculations (w/o berm) regarding the storage capacity of the Dunlawton Pond in a storm event.
3)   On what date was the portion of this project that included the work north of Dunlawton Ave  permitted by SJRWMD.
4) Did the bids the City received on this project include pricing for the work north of Dunlawton Avenue.
5)  On what date was the construction contract for this project approved by Council.    
6)  Did that contract price include construction of the work north of Dunlawton Ave  referenced in the permitted plans.
7)  If this work was included in the contract price,  on what date was its removal approved by Council.  
8)   On what date was it decided to omit this work  from this project.
9)  Who made the decision to eliminate this work  from the project.  Who was informed of that decision, And is there any correspondence relative to that decision.     
10)   Did the City Attorney or City Right-of-Way Agent  confirm or refute the ownership claim asserted by  Freda Gruggs,   And is there any correspondence regarding her ownership assertion, or the possibility of having purchased  an easement from her.  
Thank you for your attention to this matter
Ted Noftall

inal Message —–
From: Harden, David
To: Mike Gardner
Cc: Bastian, Drew ; Burnette, Don ; Kennedy, Dennis ; Ford, Bob ; Green, Allen
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 4:24 PM
Subject: RE: Dunlawton Drainage Project
I have received the following response from QLH:
The original design and permitted plans for the Dunlawton Drainage did have a berm on the east side of the Halifax Canal running from Dunlawton to the 90 degree bend in the canal north of the Post Office.  After the start of construction it was determined that ground elevations immediately north of the end of the berm were lower than the top of the proposed berm.  Therefore, if the berm were constructed the water would, in a high water situation, simply flow around the north end of the berm into the Sugar Mill Apartments retention pond which would overflow to the south and flow onto Dunlawton in the vicinity of  the Powers/Dunlawton intersection.  A property dispute also arose with Freda Gruggs of 639 Powers Avenue.  She presented documents appearing to indicate that she owned the property up to the edge of the canal, and that there was no right-of-way on which to place a berm adjacent to her property.  These two issues were discussed with the City project manager and it was decided to remove the berm from the contract due to the probability the water would  just flow around it and to avoid possible litigation with Ms. Grubbs.
So far as QLH recalls this was never discussed with City Council.

From: Mike Gardner []
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 12:12 PM
To: Harden, David
Cc: Bastian, Drew; Burnette, Don; Kennedy, Dennis; Ford, Bob; Green, Allen
Subject: Dunlawton Drainage Project
Dear Manager Harden,
I’m sure your recall the last City Council meeting when Mr Paul Rozar of 607 Powers Av stood up and described watching Dunlawton Av flood as the Halifax Canal overflowed its banks.  The area where Mr Rozar witnessed water sheeting from the canal onto Dunlawton is on the north side of Dunlawton, just downstream of the bend in the canal where Canal View Blvd becomes Spruce Creek Rd.  Mr Rozar had made similar observations after the May, 2009 rain event (which also flooded Dunlawton) and his suggestion was/is to build a berm along the canal in the areas where it overflowed.
What I find extremely distressing is the engineers at Quentin L Hampton apparently agreed with Mr Rozar back in 2010 but nothing has been done about it.  The permit for our three-million-plus dollar Dunlawton Drainage Project originally included berm work in just the areas that Mr Rozar points out, but  sometime between the permit application in October of 2010 and the final paperwork in January of 2014 that work was deleted from the contract.
It seems we are constantly being urged by the mayor and some others on Council to “move on to solutions” and “not be negative,” but I feel we deserve some explanation of when and why this critical part of the Project was eliminated.
Mike Gardner
618 Ruth St
Port Orange, FL  32127

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  • October 21, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Message to Allen Green, Ken Parker, and Riverwalk Gertie!
    Blaming a Victim for the Group’s Misfortune
    Bad things are happening. Whose fault is it? Let’s blame the scapegoat.
    1.One member of the in-group identified as the source of many problems.
    2.A victim chosen within the organization to be sacrificed for the benefit of all others.
    3.A pariah, an outcast, someone dangerous to the organization and to be avoided.
    4.The fall guy,
    5.Transferring blame
    6.Violent release of tensions upon an innocent victim.
    Origins of the Term
    The term Scapegoat is derived from the Old Testament where it refers to the second of two goats used in the ceremony on the Day of Atonement. The first goat is sacrificed, but the second is set free and allowed to escape with its life. This “escape goat” is burdened on its head with all the faults of the people before it is set free into the wilderness. It therefore bears the burden of relieving the people of blame for their faults.
    Horrific examples
    The Holocaust is perhaps the most horrific example of creating a scapegoat. During the Holocaust the Nazis unjustifiably blamed their own difficulties the Jews. The unfounded idea that eliminating the Jews would eliminate problems faced by the Nazis became popular. It was called “the final solution”, but it clearly was not. Millions of people died as a result, and problems were created rather than solved. Scapegoating has lead to many other examples of genocide.
    And the Goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a Land not inhabited. (Leviticus XVI, 22)
    William Holman Hunt ‘The Scapegoat’
    ◾“I never blame myself when I am not hitting. I just blame the bat.” ~ Yogi Berra.


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