April 26, 2015
Whether you agree or disagree with the taxpayer-funded renovations of the Cypress Golf Course, you had to have been dismayed at last Tuesday’s performance by the Port Orange City Council. For a group of guys who all claim to have our best interests at heart, they sure got free with the old taxpayer credit card.
Susan Lovallo, Parks and Recreation Director, presented the councilmen with three choices. One that included only items Council had previously approved and was within budget. Another that added some extra items and was approximately $34,000.00 over budget. And a third that contained never before discussed amenities that raised the amount to approximately $67,000.00 over budget.
Not surprisingly, long-time champions of course repairs Bob Ford and Alan Green favored spending the extra $34,000.00. What was surprising, however, was the enthusiasm displayed by Scott Stiltner, Drew Bastian and Don Burnette for spending even more money on the most expensive option. They practically fell over each other seeing who could say “do it right” the most often.
It was only after a golfer and resident of Cypress Head pointed out the deficiencies of the most expensive plan that the three spendthrifts realized they didn’t even know what “do it right” meant. The unthinking knee-jerk response, as always, was to spend more thinking it’ll get us “better” so they almost spent money on a plan no one even knew existed before that night. It seems that if an architect, engineer, or some member of staff somehow associated with the City in some capacity recommends spending money the Council feels obligated to do it. Council jumps when staff recommends–who is the real boss here?
This coming Tuesday I expect we’ll get to watch the process from a different angle. Staff will recommend not doing anything about the berm deleted from the Dunlawton Drainage Project and Council, afraid of appearing lazy or incompetent, will accept their recommendation. Never mind that the staff and engineers making the recommendation are justifying their earlier mistakes by doing so. Oh well, it’s important to keep moving ahead–there’s more money to spend tomorrow and someone needs to put a plan together between now and then.
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