Port Orange Street Sweeper contract | Trust but Verify?


For the past several years, it was my understanding that Port Orange had hired a contractor to mechanically sweep every street in the city at least 4 times a year.  That contract includes a clause that major streets within the city such as State Highways & County Roads would be swept more often. 
The recent complaints from Mr. Masterson brings to light the fact that perhaps the city may have been taken advantage of, due to an anemic contract oversight.
Like the residents at Harbor Oaks I am confident that if the city took a survey by polling residents on our local side streets, that many of those residents will contradict the fact that their streets are being mechanically swept on a quarterly basis.
Possible Solution.
In fairness to the Public Works Department, it would not be cost effective the have a city inspector follow the sweeper on all its routes.   However, this is 2016 and technology has made major advancements.  If the city installed or mandated that the contractor install a GPS system in the Sweeper, the GPS program could track and memorialize the dates and times a sweeper was on each street.   Then someone on city staff could easily confirm the completed work product prior to payment to the contractor.  In addition there is no reason that local residents could not have internet access to view the GPS data showing date and time any street was swept.

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3 Opinions on “Port Orange Street Sweeper contract | Trust but Verify?

  1. I don’t agree with the Mayor about much, but he said something at the last Council meeting that made sense: We don’t need million-dollar computer or GPS systems to know if contractors are doing their jobs we just need a number 2 pencil and a yellow pad. Surely whoever is in charge of administering the street-sweeping contract can spot check the contractor based on their scheduled route–we don’t have to know where they are 24/7 to get a good job from them.

    • Mike, yours and the Mayor’s observations may be valid as a theory, but most valid theories fail when you try to apply them to government operations. Like, who check’s on the checkers to see if they are really doing their part of the task? Moreover, several months ago, the sweeper came through my neighborhood @ 2:am. Will we be paying overtime for inspection? A heavy rainfall during the night could clean the streets well enough to make it look like a sweeper went through.

      Today, GPS tracking is a very inexpensive endeavor. Almost everyone except perhaps the Mayor has a GPS device. NSA and Law Enforcement can track the travels of almost all citizens at anytime that they see fit.

      If you check the Android or Apple Apps stores you can find perhaps a hundred FREE GPS tracking programs. That said, the city would most likely pay big, big, big bucks for what you or I can get for free. So the best option is to let the sweeper contractor decide how he wants to deliver the GPS data to the City.

  2. To incoming from Hank: I think the way “checking”, “inspection and control,”
    ” inspect what you expect,” worked in the police profession was Sgt.inspected ptl. Lt. inspect Sgt’s inspection, Captain inspected Lt. inspections, and Chief checked Captain’s inspection. If carried out objectively as routine work to be done, it need not be considered “creating a hostile environment”. In addition, in the New York State Police the superintendent would appoint an inspectioin team from different troops, and unannounced it would arrive in the troop to be inspected, and inspection of all aspects of the troop duties would be conducted for a week. That inspection report was delivered to the Superintendent and where deficienies were noted, the inspection team would return in 3 months to see if said faults were remedied.

    City Manager Jake in an one hour interview in Port Orange City Hall, last year, told me that he would institute inspections from the city managert’s office, perhaps a team of one or two to assist him in this very important tool of efficient management.

    A lot of Ted Noftall’s effectiveness is because he inspects the record and documents. Imagine how effective he would be if he had access or could appoint someone to inspect in the field.

    The city council did not want the city attorney to make a legal precedent statement by answering my question put to her. Can a city council person or his representative go into the field of city operations and inspect?
    Such an inspection from a city council office does not required comments to city employees by the city council office during or after the inspection. Such inspection reports revealing defficienies, or good work, would be handed over to the city manager for his operational responsibilities — hank

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