Letter sent by Mike to the Daytona Beach News Journal

LETTER TO THE EDITOR of the Daytona Beach News Journal This unabashedly critical and uncomplimentary letter is in response to your editorial titled “Port Orange seeks sensible solutions” and to your 12/12/2015 article titled “Port Orange retiree’s $3,000+ water bill prompts city to explore options.”  Both articles do an adequate job of presenting the facts…

What’s Your Best Guess on an ETA?

. Good afternoon Robin, Could I please have an update as to when you reasonably believe this FOI request will be answered ? . Ted Noftall   From: Fenwick, Robin [mailto:rfenwick@port-orange.org] Sent: Friday, December 11, 2015 10:57 AM To: Ted Noftall; Roberts, Margaret; Johansson, Michael Cc: Barbara Petersen; Pat Gleason Subject: RE: ” Administrative Authority…

The Daytona Beach “Snooze-Journal” Falls Asleep Again

The Daytona Beach News-Journal did a good job of hiding Ted Noftall’s actions on behalf of a Port Orange citizen while at the same time painting the City Manager, Jake Johansson, as a good Samaritan.  See  http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20151212/NEWS/151219852/101042/NEWS0401?Title=Port-Orange-retiree-s-3-000-water-bill-prompts-city-to-explore-options  for the story.  In actuality, Jake “the Snake” Johansson only moved off the dime after he was prodded…

Congress to Finally Make Broadband Tax Ban Permanent

. Friday Dec 11 2015 14:30 EST In an all too rare showing of competence, Congress appears to be close to actually passing a permanent ban on broadband taxes. The moratorium on Internet access taxes (known as the Internet Tax Freedom Act) was originally passed in 1998, but has required renewal each year. The House…

Brighthouse Cable Customers Heads-up!

[ediors note] The increased internet speeds have already been recently activated in Port Orange. However, most cable customers will have to reboot their cable modem for the new speed to take effect.   Faster Internet Speeds Coming – Bright House Networks Customers   .[The Internet] We’re pleased to announce that beginning in early December, customers…

Port Orange Secret Deals for Public Money

. Submitted on 2015/12/04 at 9:50 am  by  Disgusting …..   If the below statements from a City Hall Insider are true about secret council meetings , we find them very troubling. What we find particularly disturbing is that some of our City Councilman may be conspiring with the City Manager to circumvent Florida Sunshine…

Secret Meetings with Council

.   . to Jake Thank you Manager Johansson, I truly appreciate the information you have shared in this e-mail, because to echo Councilman Ford – stifling information leads to mistrust and paranoia faster than anything else. I do not support your meeting in secret with individual council members for two simple reasons which you…

Can Comments From City Staff Save Our Public Funds?

.     Below is part of a comment from what appears to be from a current Utilities Department employee.  If city staff already knows where a good portion of our sewer infiltration is coming from, why not fix those problems now and forego spending $millions on studies?  Why spend $millions on consultants that will…

Is Staff Out to “Get Ted” or “Get Everyone?”

Since Ted Noftall pointed out another of their water-billing snafus, staff at the Finance Department  has been scurrying around in typical CYA fashion justifying its heavy-handed policies.   It seems the City had been billing J&M Moving and Storage (Ted’s business) at a 1″-meter rate instead of a 2″-meter rate since 2003.  When the City’s…