[editor’s note] Mr Woodman was a manager that retired from the Port Orange Utilities Department several years ago. Mr Woodman presented a comprehensive report on our Utilities Department 2 years ago (aka Woodman Report] …….
I finally got a chance to view the video of Neff’s reports to council on I&I and meters. It was rife with confusion, half truths and improper terminology. It is clear that this guy has very little knowledge and understanding of utilities operation and management.
Even when Bob Ford tried to nail him on a few things he continued to try and blow smoke up councils collective rear ends. It was embarrassing to watch his ineptitude and seeing council eat that crap up. His remarks about I&I and plant flows/capacity were off base. He improperly kept referring to lift stations as problems and not clarifying how they factored in to the I&I equation.
That leads to more confusion ad makes it look like we have a bigger problem and need to spend more than we need to. He glossed over the subject of large meters, many of which are improperly installed.
His overview of water plant metering was confusing at best and looked as though he was trying to take credit for work in that area. when plant operations and maintenance has been working on improving accountability of water used in the plant processes for a few years before he got here.
There were several questions that council and citizens asked and they got the usual answer, I’ll get back to you. It shows he was not well prepared. I could have answered some of them right on the spot.
Submitted on 2015/11/24 at 8:44 am by P.O.E
FYI, Richard Woodman was the Maintenance Superintendent for Port Orange Public Utilities for over 35 years and probably has more systemic institutional knowledge of our utility system than anyone else. He does not have a personal axe to grind with Mr. Neff. It is just very clear to him that Mr. Neff does not know his ass from his elbow about public utility systems in general and our specifically.
Woody’s objective observations are further evidence that we are now saddled with another incompetent utility director in the similitude of Tiny Yarborough.
Councilman Ford gets nervous while interviewing Utilities Director Neff on Neff’s somewhat strong desire for grandiose spending of city funds.
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