The last time I played softball I was 58 years old and in a league where I was always the oldest man on the field. While my age was a handicap my trifocals were even more so. No matter how hard I tried to keep my eye on the ball it was always out of focus and I ended up stopping most balls hit my way with body parts other than my glove hand. Shins, chest, arms, etc were black and blue and covered in welts. I sincerely hope the current BS on this blog doesn’t keep us from focusing on the important things coming up soon in our City.
First and foremost is the reelection of Bob Ford to City Council. Without which the causes of openness, transparency and accountability in local government will be set back years.
Second, a special meeting on the recent flooding in Port Orange has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 19, at Lakeside Community Center. There should be a lot of discussion not only about breakdowns in operating protocols that increased the severity of flooding but about breakdowns in City processes that allowed a potentially flood-preventing berm to be removed from the Dunlawton Drainage Project totally under the radar. Hank Springer’s recent email exchanges with Manager Harden (see http://www.popdradiolog.com/port-orange-city-council-2/city-council-did-not-vote-to-eliminate-berm/ or the City Manager’s email log) lead me to believe that we might finally have a City Manager who realizes the seriousness of these breakdowns.
The third matter of importance coming up soon is the final wrap-up of Halifax Paving’s contract to build Lake A at the Reclaim Lakes Project. This 10-year fiasco says as much about breakdowns in City processes as anything in our history. If completed, it’ll stand as a huge monument to ignoring the law, cronyism, mismanagement and a total lack of accountability at all levels of City government. “If completed” is a big “if” here since there are a whole ton of things involved in completion of this contract beyond digging so many cubic yards of dirt.
Should be an interesting close to the year.
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