Good morning Manager Harden,
The millions of taxpayer dollars recently spent on the Dunlawton Avenue Drainage Improvement / Halifax Canal Reclaimed Water Augmentation Project are part of the larger compilation of costs that you and I have discussed previously and that I believe you have indicated are in the $ 30 million range.
What has been the delay and when will this analysis be released ??
That near $30 million dollar expenditure has been a colossus failure by every measure of which I am aware including the very obvious fact that Dunlawton Ave was closed yesterday due to flooding to say nothing of the damage adjoining properties suffered, AND WHILE it can be argued however weakly that much of the $ 30 million expended was well intentioned despite its direct benefit to the Mayor’s engineer and contractor friends such good intentions can have no place in reviewing the Dunlawton Avenue closure.
The Dunlawton Avenue Drainage Improvement Project was funded by other agencies to ensure it would remain passable as a major emergency and evacuation route in all but the most severe of hurricane conditions — AND YET it was closed on less than 5 hours of rain.
That is unacceptable and I would call on you to inform State authorities and request a complete inquiry into possible mis-feasance in the design, or construction, or subsequent operation of the infrastructure that was funded to ensure Dunlawton Avenue remained a passable emergency route.
Mr. Manager it has become the norm that the Mayor’s buddies are never held accountable for any screw-ups from the design, construction or subsequent operation of anything to do with the City. One reason or another has always been trotted out to excuse everything from rank incompetence to payroll and fill dirt thefts to not even reconciling the City’s bank accounts, AND THOSE excuses were trotted out by the totally complicit managers who preceded you.
It is my expectation that you will view this closure not as some minor inconvenient embarrassment but rather as the life threatening event it could have been for anyone requiring medical transport yesterday , AND that you are a man of sufficient integrity such that this matter will be dealt with in a responsible manner with appropriate sanctions for those who failed to fulfill all of their duties.