The Out-of-Control Controlled Burn

. On May 23, 2014, at 9:09 AM, “Stephen Edgar” <steve@longleafforest.com> wrote: Dear Chief Pozzo: I need to correct several incorrect representations in your email below.  You are correct the escaped control burn was treated an emergency.  This fire did not escape the originally planned control burn established fire lines.  The  power lines were always…

Crossing the Line

. There are lines and there are LINES. There are those who will be forgiven and those who will NEVER BE FORGIVEN. Anonymous,  Concerned, Jasper,  ArtfulDodger,  PalmettoPal,  CheshireCat,  PacManFan,  GetItRight,  WhiteWashRodent,  Rick Woodman and even Ted have not crossed The Line  and will Be Forgiven. BUT Mike Gardner has crossed THE LINE  and will NEVER…

“Citizens!! Go to the back of the bus!”

Things started out lousy for the citizens of Port Orange Tuesday night and went steadily downhill from there. . First, the City had the wisdom and foresight to schedule two publicly noticed meetings at the same time–the Parks and Recreation Board meeting and the Town Center CRA meeting.  Since the Riverwalk Park was, of course, part…

Activist’s Advisory

*****************ATTENTION ALL ACTIVISTS!!******************** (And maybe friends and family of activists, and even people who are thinking of being activists) If you are making comments critical of the City of Port Orange, or plan to in the future, be advised that the City Manager and some Department heads now claim that your actions can cause: 1)…

Lets Blame Ted

.Posted by : Palmetto Pal  palmettopal95@gmail.com May 19, 2014  9:12 PM Last month Kisela blamed Ted for the resignation of the bookkeeper who was hired to do bank reconciliations and who resigned when it was pointed out that she did not know how to do bank reconciliations.  This is a most curious charge because  Saunders…

Our 2 Cents

. I fully agree with the observations and comments by “Tell It Like It Is” (below) I retired to Port Orange 18 years ago after a 40 year career in municipal government.  During my time here I soon became totally perplexed by the local culture in the hiring practices for key management personnel for the…

Are higher fees and taxes inevitable in Port Orange ??

  The past decade has been the worst in terms of economic decline since the depression of the 1930’s AND if the electronic food stamp lines of today were out doors they would dwarf the soup kitchen lines  of the1930’s None-the-less in good times and bad the government sector takes care of itself.   In Port…

MORE SECRET MEETINGS. THIS IS NOT GOING TO END WELL

MORE SECRET MEETINGS.  THIS IS NOT GOING TO END WELL If the meeting is about labor negotiations,why not a shade meeting with the full council?  Why the 1 on 1 meetings? see:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsK3e3x7eu4   From: Rivera, Cynthia [mailto:CRivera@port-orange.org] Sent: Monday, May 19, 2014 10:32 AM To: City Council Subject: Meeting with CM and ACM Mayor and City Council: The…

Dianne is desperate. $100 reward for missing cat

Do we ever advertise lost cats in our local blogs? Dianne is desperate. $100 for cat or his body.  He is my tame feral.  Foxy. Sweet gentle soul.  He has a grieving “widow” and 3 “children” at home with us.  They and we are all very worried.  Spent $1200 to get this little family spayed, neutered, vaccinated, etc.…

Zero productivity gains for millions in Capital Investment

. .According to the proposed  budget the Manager just released  Port Orange recently spent millions of taxpayer capital in-fracture dollars on towers and flex-net meters and achieved exactly  zero productivity gains for those expenditures. In the private sector capital spending  that was not followed with reduced labor productivity gains would be considered wasteful: and shareholder…

Questions About Water Meter Replacements

. Greg: It has been almost three years since the widespread failures of water meters was brought public. Meter read failures had most probably been occurring for many years previous to that. Meter read failures are truly a two sided sword. They cut revenues while demanding additional revenues to fund meter replacement. Approximately two years…

5 Month delay in getting tree permit

Dear Mr. Kisela, I am writing this to you in hopes that you can help me.  We started the tree permit process back in December 2013 for the removal of a historic oak tree located in my community.  On December 11, 2013 an Arborist sent by the City of Port Orange came to the property…

Port Orange addresses traffic-calming study – $30,000 crosswalk

Port Orange addresses traffic-calming study By Lacey McLaughlin lacey.mclaughlin@news-jrnl.com PORT ORANGE—City council members will erect a three-way stop sign and additional speed limit signs along Sunset Cove Drive based on recommendations from a traffic-calming study. Earlier this year the city commissioned Zev Cohen and Associates, an Ormond Beach engineering firm, to conduct the study after…