Dear Manager Harden,
At last Tuesday’s City Council meeting I asked why Masci Corp was being paid $27,000 for work on a project that had been totally cancelled. Mr Andrew Neff responded that “work did start” on that project before it was cancelled and was the reason for the payment. Now the attached memo from Fred Griffith, the City’s project manager, indicates that explanation was bogus.
Work we thought was done in Wilbur-by-the-Sea was actually performed within the city limits of Port Orange. It was categorized incorrectly only to make the items “more easily identified as unit price (as bid) costs.” This of course begs the question as to what other items in the final payment to Masci Corp were falsified, and for what reasons. Were the others costs listed under the Wilbur project categorized correctly? Were the material costs charged to the City under the Wilbur project categorized correctly?
The only thing clear at this point is that after six months of scrutiny, numerous meetings among the principals, and the assurances of staff that all is well, members of City Council voted on an item they could not possibly understand because the information they were given was not accurate. Clearly, contract administration and project management in the City’s Public Utilities Department are hopelessly flawed–we need new people not just new policies.
618 Ruth St
Port Orange, FL 32127
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