Port Orange residents furious at city for contractor debt

. PORT ORANGE, Fla. —  Some furious residents are asking Port Orange leaders why they’re not fighting to recover money the city is owed from a contractor. The contractor admits it owes a million dollars for a pile of missing dirt and an unfinished construction project at the intersection of Shunz and Tomoka Farms roads…

OMG ! More Bad News For Port Orange Taxpayers

. Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:38 AM Subject: Agenda Item #7 Amendment of Agreement with Halifax Paving for excavation and of stockpiling of fill material at the City Wellfields   Dear Mayor Green, Vice Mayor Burnette, Councilman Bastian, Councilman Ford and Councilman Kennedy: Jason Yarborough, former director of Port Orange Public Utilities, received a warning letter from the Florida Department of…

Come on, seriously?

. Submitted by FiddleDeeDee on 2014/07/17 at 11:11 am . Manager Kisela, . Given the short time you have left as CM, I find it absurd that you are hiring or placing anyone in any position! Professional upper management positions should only be filled after posting those jobs for at minimum a month and then choosing vetted…

A Plea To City Council

. Vice Mayor and members of City Council, Coming before you tonight is a request to approve an agreement with Halifax Paving, Inc.  I urge you to vote to table this item and bring it back to City Council when a full report on this project can be presented to City Council. The amount owed…

Interim Finance Director / Interim Fire Chief

.from:  Kisela, Greg      6:11 AM Mayor and City Council: we are in the final steps of vetting the candidates for the Interim Finance Director position as well as for the Interim Fire Chief.Assuming all goes well, the Interim Finance Director should be in place on a part-time basis next week.  She will be…

What Is Going On Here? Reeks of cover-up!

Promised Information Not Forthcoming Good afternoon  Robin and Margaret, This information Mike Gardner is requesting the was previously requested back on June 30th . This delay in what we were advised would be received “ any day now “  nearly a month ago reeks  of cover-up,  AND  word on the street is that it is linked…

Did Port Orange Lose More Of Our Money via another covert project?

Submitted Mike Gardner on 2014/07/15 at 8:56 pm  . … A few of us first noticed the Halifax Paving issue after reading about it on the agenda for the June 30th “mini-meeting” (a much shortened 15-minute special meeting of the Port Orange City Council). The Halifax agenda item was billed as an Amendment to a previous Agreement…

Again? PO City Government Loses Our Money?

To city council Port Orange From Hank Springer. First, I take a deep breath, count to ten and try to temper my remarks. Following my comment is a report of findings by Mike Gardiner.  You know, the bad citizen , shark, who you have yet to defend. For a moment, put aside the issue of…

Former Volusia director allegedly stole thousands in tourism funds

. VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The former director of a Volusia County agency that uses tax dollars to promote tourism was arrested after $47,000 disappeared from the agency’s bank account, authorities said. Nicole Carni was the director of the Southwest Volusia Advertising Agency, which manages tax dollars to market southwest Volusia County to tourists. She…

Bad Citizen: Bad Mayor

. CITIZEN WHO WANTS TO KEEP TAXES DOWN:  ARE BAD To City Council From Hank Springer Subject Ted Noftall and Citizen Audit /Budget Committee Dear Manager and Council members, It appears to me that the Mayor does not approve that Ted Noftall and the Budget Committee have been making known more revelations about finance problems. …

ABAB and Where To From Here ??

. . Since the Audit and Budget Advisory Board was  featured prominently and somewhat inaccurately in a recent News Journal article some additional clarification is required. The ABAB was established over the reluctance of the Mayor and outgoing Manager in the aftermath of the serious internal control deficiencies that were revealed in the spring and…

SONYA THE LAZY VOTER

.from : Constance Dogood <constancedogood76@gmail.com> Is Sonya anything more than a laughable characterchure of Mayor Green ?? I mean come on, her father has a job at the City complete with health insurance benefits because of the Mayor’s intervention, and the Manager’s acquiescence.  She has no practical accounting experience beyond what she obtained working for her father,…

Water Plant Receives Another Award

. On Jul 11, 2014, at 9:14 AM, “Miller, Steve” <stmiller@port-orange.org> wrote: I am pleased to announce that I have been informed by a representative from the Florida Rural Water Association that the Port Orange Water Treatment Plant has been selected to receive the FRWA Florida State Award for the 2014 “Public Water System of the…

No U-Turn citation cost $166.00 and three points

.View blog comments from several weeks ago about this  here  “New Regulatory No U-Turn Sign Installed” In an effort to facilitate reduced traffic congestion in the 1700 block of Dunlawton Avenue, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has recently installed a regulatory “No U-Turn” sign at the median break directly in front of the Chick-Fil-A restaurant/Target Plaza. Traveling eastbound, only a left…

End run around State Statute?

. Good morning Margaret and thank you for your fine efforts in ensuring that full deference is given to the Statutory  provision affording the people the opportunity to address Council on specific issues  prior to any vote on those  issues  — as regards the School Tax endorsement and the new accounting Manager position. As regards…