City Managers Read File for Monday, 9-28-2015

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  • September 30, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Interesting to see Miss Wolfe’s resignation. From what I have been hearing there are very few people who want to work under Tracy Rhiems, and that people from other departments have been turning down job offers from Finance because no one in their right mind would want to work under Tracy, not to mention that many of the people under her now are looking to transfer out of the Finance Department or retire soon.
    This is the implosion of the special interest management team that David Harden assembled for Allen Green and the Chamber of Commerce to replace the previously imploded city hall special interest clique. These miscreant department heads that Harden assembled for Green, Tracy Rhiem epitomizing what they are all about are running John Galt out of the organization and are desperately seeking replacements to pick up the slack of their own incompetency. The future implosion that is imminent will pale in comparison to the Kisela implosion.
    With the last implosion there was still a contingent of long term mid level managers who remained and held things together in spite of being disenfranchised by the Green organization. These are the very same people that are being driven out or are turning in their resignations presently in disgust after experiencing the interminable retrogression of Port Orange special interest politics and the supporting administrative management clique. .
    Hopefully Ted Noftall will prevail in being elected as the next mayor and another council seat will turn over to a newly elected individual who is a recently or soon to be retiring tenured city employee who has endured and survived the internal corruption and is fully aware of where it lies. With that kind of success the honest citizens of Port Orange will be able to gut this entrenched culture of special interest corruption and root it out before it metastasizes for a new round of special interest incumbency. Now is the time to mobilize the general work force, the citizen activists, and the educated citizens that are presently being misrepresented by their elected officials. Lets prevail and change Port Orange for the better so that special interest will be supplanted and the people will take city hall back for the taxpayers.

    • October 1, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      From: Ted Noftall []
      Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2015 2:15 PM
      To: ‘Donald Burnette’
      Cc: Jake Johansson (; Bob Ford (;; Drew Bastian (; Mayor Green (; Scott Stiltner (
      Subject: Need clarify your 3 years comment
      Councilman Burnett,
      With the abrupt resignation of the Accounting Manager in the Finance department I believe it is incumbent on you to clarify what is going on in that department considering you have made multiple comments recently to the effect that it will take three years to get that department functioning properly.
      • * Can you advise in what regards you consider Finance to be under-performing.
      • * Can you explain why you do not consider three years to be an inordinately long time for residents to be accepting of under-performance in any department.
      • Regards

      Ted Noftall
      Candidate for Mayor
      City of Port Orange -2016

      • October 1, 2015 at 3:57 pm

        Burnett could have been a real leader on council but all he is is a windbag who wants to do little more than read out or second resolutions for Geeen in his childish Ted Baxter voice.
        I doubt Burnette will respond to Ted but if he does if will be fun to watch him get clobbered in that exchange.

      • October 1, 2015 at 5:33 pm

        An insiders perspective is that ending FY2015’s budget year is the slowest and most inept year for Finance to get everything out to the various Departments and Divisions to close out their escrows and start off new business for FY2016. They appear to be a month behind any year in the past and most people from without Finance in other departments attribute that to Tracy Rhiem and her management style and lack of knowledge. The confusion, mayhem, lack of direction, and disorganization under Miss Rhiems direction and policy has slowed the departmental financial processes down throughout the entire city and produced unnecessary work for everyone waiting on Finance. The financial tracking software that we have had for years but has never been implemented that suppose to be a fail safe for the over spending of contracts is not even spoken of anymore. That which John Shelley and Wayne Saunders were criticized for in the past Tracy Rheims is given praise for. She is gutting her own department and running anyone that is worth a shit out of there. The propaganda and rhetoric is so thick at council meetings from the DIAS about what a fantastic job she is doing is becoming regurgitory. Finance is imploding and has hit an all time low so it is very doubtful that Don Burnette will provide Ted Noftall with an honest and direct answer.

  • October 1, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Dynasties are inherently undemocratic whether the last name is Bush, Clinton or Green or Green surrogates.
    You are so correct…the next generation has been groomed and is ready to take over. Just for example consider the makeup of the Planning Commission: Sonya Laney, her BF Mike Arminio, Tom Jordan, John Junco, and Mr. Crook. AND…LANCE GREEN…a stacked deck if there ever was one….and this board is quasi judicial in nature..
    At least on a national level we have some semblance of checks and balances…not here in Port Orange…..combine that with a clueless new city manager who has no moral compass…Only one guy on council with any understanding that government exists to serve all citizens…wake up Port Orange…this election is profoundly critical…
    We need change…

    • October 1, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      That reply scares the hell out of me. If there is ANY chance of that being our future, I will call Corey Berman and list my home for sale.

      • October 1, 2015 at 7:53 pm

        You can bet your sweet bippy that If the Green wanna-bees like Mike the Italian Stallion Arminio and his live in girlfriend Mrs Sonya Laney and the sucks like Lance the lizard, Don Burnett, Dennis Kennedy, Tom Jordan, John Junco, Debbie Connors and the rest of the Chamber crowd have their way, that is exactly what Port Orange will get in November 2016 after Green is termed out. .
        The 2016 Mayors election will determine if 40 years of mild corruption for Greens good old boy crony network will continue or be halted in its tracks.
        One candidate will be representing the common interest as he has done for years and the others will be tripping over themselves to follow in their mentors footsteps to take care of the the special interests that have grown fat and happy these past 4 decades.
        Choose wisely. in 2016

  • October 2, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I would like to know where I can send a contribution to Pat Nelan to offset his costs for the city’s charge on the FOIA’s for the opaque city manager’s emails.

    • October 2, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      Tron: No need for any contributions at this time. I have a rich uncle at city hall.
      Thank you for your consideration anyways.

  • October 2, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Transparency promotes accountability by providing the public with information about what the Government is doing.
    The Open Government Directive describes components of the Open Government Plan, including transparency, participation, collaboration, flagship initiative, and public and agency involvement. The transparency component of the plan has the largest number of requirements, including a strategic action plan for transparency and identification of high value datasets for publication. We want to hear your recommendations for this component of NARA’s Open Government Plan. Please visit the Open Government Idea Forum and NARAtions Blog to submit your ideas for improving transparency at NARA.
    The Open Government Directive requires a plan to follow these guidelines:
    Your agency’s Open Government Plan should explain in detail how your agency will improve transparency. It should describe steps the agency will take to conduct its work more openly and publish its information online, including any proposed changes to internal management and administrative policies to improve transparency. Specifically, as part of your Plan to enhance information dissemination, your agency should describe how it is currently meeting its legal information dissemination obligations, and how it plans to improve its existing information dissemination practices by providing:
    1.A strategic action plan for transparency that (1) inventories agency high-value information currently available for download; (2) fosters the public’s use of this information to increase public knowledge and promote public scrutiny of agency services; and (3) identifies high value information not yet available and establishes a reasonable timeline for publication online in open formats with specific target dates. High-value information is information that can be sued to increase agency accountability and responsiveness; improve public knowledge of the agency and its operations; further the core mission of the agency; create economic opportunity; or respond to need and demand as identified through public consultation.
    2.In cases where the agency provides public information maintained in electronic format, a plan for timely publication of the underlying data. This underlying data should be in an open format and as granular as possible, consistent with statutory responsibilities and subject to valid privacy, confidentiality, security, or other restrictions. Your agency should also identify key audiences for its information and their needs, and endeavor to publish high-value information for each of those audiences in the most accessible forms and formats. In particular, information created or commissioned by the Government for educational use by teachers or students and made available online should clearly demarcate the public’s right to use, modify, and distribute the information.
    3.Details as to how your agency is complying with transparency initiative guidance such as, eRulemaking, IT Dashboard,, and Where gaps exist, the agency should detail the steps the agency is taking and the timing to meet the requirements for each initiative.
    4.Details of proposed actions to be taken, with clear milestones, to inform the public of significant actions and business of your agency, such as through agency public meetings, briefings, press conferences on the Internet, and periodic national town hall meetings.
    5.A link to a publicly available website that shows how your agency is meeting its existing records management requirements. These requirements serve as the foundation for your agency’s records management program, which includes such activities as identifying and scheduling all electronic records, and ensuring the timely transfer of all permanently valuable records to the National Archives.
    6.A link to a website that includes (1) a description of your staffing,
    organizational structure, and process for analyzing and responding to FOIA requests; (2) an assessment of your agency’s capacity to analyze, coordinate, and respond to such requests in a timely manner, together with proposed changes, technological resources, or reforms that your agency determines are needed to strengthen your response processes; and (3) if your agency has a significant backlog, milestones that detail how your agency will reduce its pending backlog of outstanding FOIA requests by at least ten percent each year. Providing prompt responses to FOIA requests keeps the public apprised of specific information matters they seek.
    7.A description or link to a webpage that describes your staffing, organization structure, and process for analyzing and responding to Congressional requests for information.
    8.A link to a publicly available webpage where they public can learn about your agency’s declassification programs, learn how to access declassified materials, and provide input about what types of information should be prioritized for declassification, as appropriate. Declassification of government information that no longer needs protection, in accordance with established procedures, is essential to the free flow of information.


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