$100 million boondoggle?

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ted0Well, well, well Manager Harden it would seem that you have 3 people unfamiliar with either the truth, or with the English language, working for you.
Ben Franklin is famously reputed to have said that ” Half the truth is often a great lie ” and he did so because when someone omits part of the truth, then the listener can draw an incorrect conclusion, and that can often be worse than an outright lie itself.
If you recognize that Mr. Griffiths did not answer the question I had asked, then you must also recognize that neither did Mr. Blais, AND let’s not forget Mr. Neff who sat there throughout 5 minutes of half truths, without saying a word.
Watching those three, the lyrics from Wynken, Blyken and Nod come to mind as Port Orange taxpayers are lulled to sleep without ever considering the millions that have been wasted and continue to be wasted on a reclaimed system that does not work, AND THAT has short changed monies required to be spent on our potable water and sewer system, that necessitated the recent increase in water and sewer rates.
So Mr. Manager now that you have had another first hand taste of how well coordinated the back field deceit the Mayor has in play in covering-up his $100 million boondoggled augmented reclaimed water system I would again call on you to produce
* a comprehensive analysis of the costs spent on this augmented reclaimed water system to date,
* the additional future costs that are anticipated to make this system perform as designed,
* the historic performance of this system,
* the targeted performance levels the design calls out,
* a financial pro-forma as to how this $100 million boondoggle is ever meant to make fiscal sense.
* a comprehensive explanation as to exactly what is being demanded in the ” DEP consent order ” to ensure that order is not being used to justify non decreed expenditures.
Ted Noftall
for responsible government – 2016

david_harden—–Original Message—–
From: Harden, David [mailto:dharden@port-orange.org]
Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2015 5:53 PM
To: Ted Noftall
Cc: Bob Ford; don@amlsfl.com; Drew Bastian; Green, Allen; Scott Stiltner; Neff, Andrew
Subject: RE: Confusion, Ignorance or Deceit – Which is it Mr Manager ???
You are correct that water must meet the 5-5-3-1 standard before it can be discharged from the lakes into the wetlands. I recognized at the time that Mr. Griffith was not answering the question which you had asked, but did not see fit to press the issue at that point in the meeting. Mr. Neff will provide you a full explanation in the near future.

ted0From: Ted Noftall [mailto:Ted@tednoftall.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:38 AM
To: ‘Harden, David’
Cc: Bob Ford (rford37@cfl.rr.com); don@amlsfl.com; Drew Bastian (db2070@cfl.rr.com); Mayor Green (agreen@port-orange.org); Scott Stiltner (sjstiltner@cfl.rr.com)
Subject: Confusion, Ignorance or Deceit – Which is it Mr Manager ???
Good morning Manager Harden,
At the 03-17-201 Council meeting the Mayor was asked directly if the current expenditure of approximately $2 million dollars on the filter system for the reclaimed lakes would meet State requirements to allow reclaimed lake water processed through that filter to be pumped into the surrounding wetlands in quantities beyond the currently permitted 1 million gallons per day.
That question was answered in the affirmative by several individuals, AND I believe it was answered incorrectly either through Confusion, Ignorance or Deceit.
For that affirmative answer to be correct — a remote stand alone $ 2 million filter would need to be able to reduce the 4 key treatment plant parameters of CBOD, TSS, Nitrogen & Phosphorous to levels that cannot even be achieved in the City’s $ 100 million sewer plant complete with enhanced biological and chemical capabilities.
Relative to those 4 key parameters:
On a good day and with maximum effort the reclaimed sewer plant produces water quality of 5, 2, 8, 1 ppm .
On a very good day the living waters that are the reclaimed lakes have a water quality of 8, 15, 9,1 ppm
The State mandated water quality to dump into the wetlands is 5, 5, 3, 1 ppm
IF this filter system works and that is a big IF, the only thing it will accomplish is provide the possibility that by reducing the total suspended solids in that filtered lake water to low enough concentrations that that it can be pumped through reclaimed water sprinkler systems throughout the City, AND THAT there will be sufficient reclaimed water demand to keep the 2 reclaimed lakes low enough that they can stockpile all of the City’s unused effluent in periods of low demand until it is subsequently used. If this plan does not work for any reason, THEN ONCE those reclaimed lakes fill up again the City is right back to pumping its effluent into the Halifax River.
So Manager Harden unless you and experts can credibly explain how a filter whose capability is designed to only reduce TSS, is now going to magically reduce CBOD and Nitrogen in the reclaimed lakes to the State levels required to spill reclaimed lake water into the surrounding wetlands, THEN the people were misled in the answer they were given at the 03-17-2015 meeting, AND GIVEN the level of talent possessed by those individuals who answered that question incorrectly it is difficult to believe they were not misled other than in deliberate fashion.
In less polite terms the People were lied to, AND they were lied to in your name, AND IF that is the case they need to be dismissed.
That deceit may be a surprise to you, but it is no surprise to those of us who have watched the Mayor perpetrate a $ 50 million augmented reclaimed water fraud on taxpayers through the exact kind of misdirection and deceit he orchestrated at the last council meeting from those who spoke in your name.
Our long serving Mayor and his friends have thrived on projects that can only be advanced in an misdirected and confused environment, that lacks accountability and transparency. Not un-expectantly these sorts of projects frequently have had little benefit for the taxpayers who have been footing the bill.
Port Orange rate payers deserve nothing less than *a comprehensive analysis of the costs that have already gone into this augment reclaimed water system, * the additional future costs that are anticipated, * the historic performance of this system, * the targeted performance level sought, * and a financial pro-forma as to how this $100 million boondoggle is ever meant to make fiscal sense.
I would call on you yet again to produce this analysis.
Ted Noftall
for responsible government – 2016


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