Wednesday, July 29, 2015

D.I.V.O.R.C.E

July Is Budget Time

 


It's Budget season again and time for the annual tax hike.  This year there's great news for people who really love municipal spending.   The county said that our values had gone up 11% so we can use our current millage rate (5.474) and still get 11% more revenue.  Hearing that, our administration said "Hooray, huzzah, let us be like the other cities in Miami-Dade and hold the rate steady while wisely using the extra 11% to improve our village."  

Hah, hah. no.  Instead the proposed budget will gobble up that extra 11% and increase the tax rate to 6.2904 to pay for things.  Yep, that's right.  We need more.  

This increase, nearly 26%, was quickly noted and the additional $1,261,000 was mostly agreed.  The commission set the top tax rate and then agreed to meet on Sept 8 and Sept 24 to discuss the details.  



Drama Time!


The meeting itself was sparsely attended by the public.  I was there.  The mayor invited her posse to sit in the front row so that was four more.  Two new residents were there and then another pal of the mayor's showed up.  Yep, 8 people, half of whom left before the end. 

Nevertheless, the Mayor who has decided that she wants to fire Village Manager Rootin' Tootin' Straight Shootin' Son of a Gun Frank Rollason used the platform to address the assembled multitude and show just how bad things are.  

It started out with the Mayoral Invocation of  Wrong Things.  (Book of Common Complaints, 1928)

  1. It's too hot.  Why can't the Village Manager get the landlord to fix the A/C?
  2. We should have more money for Code Enforcement and less for other stuff.
  3. Why are we hiring a new administrative generalist and she better not be attractive?
  4. Other cities use fancy automated phone systems and it's embarrassing when people call North Bay Village and a human answers.  What are we?  Hooterville?
  5. For the record, when the Mayor said to the Village Manager, "Please look into body cameras for the police."  she didn't mean it and she's glad it's gone.  Why did anyone think she meant it?
  6. How come the GPS for the police didn't get purchased last year?
  7. Was it just laziness? 
  8. And what's with the meeting time?  The mayor had to field many, many calls from her imaginary friends to explain the time to them. 

But like in any bad relationship, the fight was not about the fight.  No.  It's about the Note Cards that he didn't get for her and his complete refusal to support her in her mayoring.  So Frank Rollason must go, just like all the managers she once loved and who finally disappointed her.   The campaign to get rid of him has started.  My email is flooded with "anonymous" complaints.  The mayor is being sweet to Chervony because if the Rootin' Tootin' Straight Shootin' Son of a Gun won't quit, she might need the votes to fire him. Last night was not about the budget, it was about the divorce.  

Now for his part, Rootin' Tootin' Straight Shootin' Son of a Gun Frank Rollason patiently explained that he needed the new person to backup those employees with specialty certification, that the items proposed were by the commission, and other stuff.  But that's not what the fight is about.  It's about the relationship, dude.

It's always a bad idea for family members to get involved in a divorce.  It just doesn't turn out well for anyone but still two of the other commissioners, not understanding I think that this is not about the budget, tried their darnedest.  

Vice Mayor Jorge Gonzalez looked at the $1.261,000 and zeroed in on why we are spending $10k for the dog park, why does it cost $50,000 to bring in CitiBike,  how come it costs $30,000 for the basketball renovation, and what's the deal with the $15,000 for the License Plate reader.   That's right.  Fiscal Hawk Jorge Gonzalez was concerned that 7¢ of the new dollars was going to stuff the residents want, and something that the police want.  

Rootin' Tootin' Straight Shootin' Son of a Gun  Frank Rollason explained that the $15k was because Pedophiles.  And the rest is because the commission for some reason want the residents to get something out of the tax hikes too.  Gonzalez immediately got on board about the anti-pedophile license plate reader but remained unconvinced until the  mayor slapped him right in the concerns.  

Eddie Lim simply warned the Mayor to let the manager do his job.    The mayor did not hear him.  

A Resident's View

From the hot, stuffy seat in the audience, this drama unfolded like a refreshing winter breeze as I sat watching the Mayor, Vice Mayor and Village Manager snipe and snarl at each other.  These are not good people.  These are not people who put their positions of trust above all other considerations.  

These are three competing egomaniacs each of whom in their own way have targeted residents who care about the village, pushed meaningful discussion of how to improve things around here off the agenda, love the sounds of their own voices and have no civic pride.  

Given all that, the best we can hope for is that their utter inability to keep their delusional egos in check will mean a standoff as they destroy each other.  It keeps them from doing the very serious damage they are capable of were they to unite.  

So I say, pass the popcorn!  Let's keep this show running.  

Kevin Vericker
July 29, 2015



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Bestest Baddest Village Manager Ever

After his dramatic public putdown of the Mayor who had the temerity and audacity and other big words to say about nobody getting her the essential note cards required for her to do her mayoring , Rootin' Tootin' Straight Shootin' Son Of A Gun Village Manager Frank Rollason has exceeded himself as the bestest and baddest village manager North Bay Village ever saw.  

Just a single case in point.  Unlike other fancy engaged Village Managers, ours takes the time to go to Costco personally and buy the Village supplies for the office kitchen.  I mean, you won't find Barack Obama or Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton doing that, will you?   Maybe Rick Perry would but he'd get the wrong stuff. Then Rootin' Tootin' Straight Shootin' Son of a Gun (RTSSSOG)  Frank Rollason personally delivers and restocks the supplies because that's a really good use of his time. It is.  

But are people grateful?  No, no they are not.  Because people suck.   

Last weekend, in the heat and everything, RTSSSOG Rollason went to Costco and as is his habit, restocked the kitchen.  AND HE NOTICED SOME STUFF WAS MISSING!  Springing into action, he composed and sent to all staff the following email:

Good Day, All. I have hesitated writing this e-mail for some time, but I came into the office a few moments ago (Sunday around noon) to deliver my usual supply of kitchen, office, and janitorial supplies that I pick up at Costco on a fairly regular basis.

Since I am taking a day off on Monday, I went into the kitchen on the Admin side of the 3rd floor to stock up supplies for use on Monday and found quite a bit of items missing from the stock that was provided on Friday.

For instance, allof the plastic spoons and all but a couple of plastic forks were gone -they were stocked up quite well this past Thursday morning. The individual coffee paks were also down significantly from Friday as well as all the paper napkins on the eating table which was filled up on Friday - usually enough for the greater part of a week were gone. Same with the yellow packets of sweetener; I put a handful in the container on Friday - must have been one hell of a lot of coffee consumed on Saturday!

Now, this may seem like an insignificant or petty issue to some of you, but it goes to the very core of being an employee of North Bay Village. It is an issue of trust, integrity, and self-worth.

When I was in the military, there was nothing worse or more despised than a "barracks thief" and I equate the taking of taxpayer paid supplies to that same level. These supplies are provided by the taxpayers of NBV for the convenience and consumption of the employees. These perks are not required by contract and can be shut off with the stroke of a pen. Someone or someones have been helping themselves to an inordinate amount of our kitchen supplies and it needs to come to an end. I would not 
think anyone of you would believe that some napkins or paper plates would be worth your job, but rest assured if I find anyone taking Village supplies for their personal use, you will receive your walking papers forthwith!

Think about it - enough said, Frank.

Frank Rollason, Village Manager
North Bay Village


Now some negative nabobs of negativism might suggest that if the Village Manager needs some nice time outside the office on a weekend while still doing Village Manager stuff, he might have:

√ Walked around Harbor Island or Treasure Island to see the thrown out furniture piled on the sidewalk.

√ Taken some pictures of the overflowing garbage cans on Treasure Island every Sunday.

√ Tried to cross the causeway on foot at each of the intersections.

Then if he was really, really, really feeling eloquent, composed an email to his staff asking for their ideas on how to handle the street garbage (maybe offer a prize - a Trip To Costco - for the best idea) or maybe composed a status of the failed Harbor Island Parking Permit Program and asked a passing teenager to post it on the intertubes, at the North Bay Village website.  

Well, that's for "fancy" managers in "fancy" places.  In North Bay Village, a real manager does the grocery shopping and inventory himself and damn* well lets people know that he's watching.  



Real top executives know that it is much better to spend your time going to Costco, counting straws in the break room, and writing threatening emails to an entire staff.  That's the unique talent the taxpayer demands and likes.  

Well done, sir, well done.  

Kevin Vericker
July 22, 2015

* apologies for the use of strong language here but man, I am peeved.  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Traffic and Parking Report For July

The Causeway Project


According to Commissioner Richard Chervony, the Causeway traffic nightmare is over for the time being.  There is still some work to do but it's not the crazy delay causing work we've seen.  Here is his update:
CAUSEWAY IS BACK OPEN (Almost)
Good news in time to celebrate our National Holiday. The Causeway is back open to full access on the West lanes (heading to Miami). The East Lanes are also open but not the left lane, letting traffic flow freely.

All that is left of this project is placing some meters that were on the left lane on the sidewalk and then the street will be resurfaced and open back to traffic (aprox. one more week).
Once further information is obtained on the sewer line or the Triple R project I will post for your information.

There is a next phase coming up on Treasure Island and that will be followed by a compete resurfacing that will take nearly a year so we might as well get used to it, but at least we get a break for a little while. 

During this project, we have received zero notification from village hall.  Our Village Manager is proud of his lack of respect for electronic and other media.  The other members of the dais also refuse to communicate directly with their constituents.  Chervony is taking a lot of heat and disrespect for his efforts from them and I for one am grateful that we get at least some news.  


A North Bay Village Police Officer Was Injured Tuesday In A Road Rage Incident


Tuesday night an officer directing traffic at the intersection of North Bay Island, Harbor Island and the Causeway was struck by a car after telling the driver, a North Bay Island resident. that she could not make a left turn on to North Bay Island.  The driver attempted to anyway and hit the officer with her car, according to what the arrest reports say.  The driver has been charged with three counts of Felony Assault, including assault on a police officer and assault with a deadly weapon (a car.)  I will post more when I know but I understand the officer is recovering from injuries sustained in the attack.   

The Harbor Island Parking Program Continues To Confound.


The half assed, poorly thought out parking permit program for Harbor Island is limping along.  The program depends on the cooperation of the Bay Shore Yacht and Tennis Club to fulfill their obligations to get their parking off street has hit a major snag.  The BYTC (7904 West Drive) have refused to move forward on a contract to rent the parking lot across the street.  

The village has been issuing permits on a exception base to people who otherwise would not qualify in other buildings such as people who claim they only have one space, while at the same time refusing to issue permits for part time residents or people who have their cars registered at another address like their business.  There are still no clear rules for visitors or for people who care to use Vogel Park or the soon to be opened boardwalk at the Moda after 6 PM.  

According to the plan published nowhere publicly, on August 1 the PD will go from issuing warnings to issuing actual tickets but I predict the whole program will quietly die instead.   

Kevin Vericker
July 3, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

I Cover The Waterfront

There was a workshop to discuss the issues regarding the waterfront buildings that never filed their required public easements for bay front access.  Actually it was more of a Flash Mob brought in from Vice Mayor Jorge Gonzalez's building, with a few more people from the Condotel Eloquence and from the two buildings on Treasure Island.  

The vice and the mayor were there along with Commissioner Chervony.  It started out civilly enough with the village manager presenting a slide show of the buildings in question and their current landscaping and construction.  The buildings are:


  • 360 Development - 7900 Harbor Island Drive
  • Cielo 7935-37 East Drive
  • The Adagio 7939 East Drive
  • Eloquence 7928-7930 East Drive
  • Blue Bay  7927-7929 West Drive
  • Space 01  7934 West Drive
  • Bay View Terrace  1625 JFK Causeway
  • Bridgewater  1881-1909 JFK Causeway
  • MODA 8000 West Drive
  This was followed by the Village Attorney making his report, which can be summed up as finding
  •  Each of these buildings was required to register an easement.
  • They did not.
  • The requirements vary in language, not in substance.  These buildings are  required to file public easements with the county and the intent is to give the public access to the bay.  

George Orwell: “Omission is the most powerful form of lie”

There are a few more facts that were relevant.  
  • Four of the projects - Space 01, Blue Bay, The Bridgewater and MODA - were voted on and approved by Mayor Kreps when she sat on the commission.  
  • Several of the others were approved by the current head of Planning & Zoning when he was on the commission.  
  • The Village Manager and the Village Attorney both noted frequently that these approvals were by a different commission and there was no way to know what the commissions intended.  
  • The current commission has known about this issue for at least two years and ignored it. 
  • Vice Mayor Gonzalez serves as both vice mayor of North Bay Village and president of Fortress 360. 
So the stage was set.  The only advertisement for the meeting was the posted paper signs on at the intersections.   It never made it to the calendar nor was an agenda published.  No notification was given to the community at large beyond the signs and most people didn't know.  

Fortress 360 however mounted a full frontal assault and one after the other got up and made the following points.  
  • Nobody told us that this condition existed. 
  • If the public is allowed access to the public land, crime will be rampant and the children in danger. 
  • Property values will plummet.  
At the beginning of the meeting, Vice Mayor Gonzalez noted to the speakers that there was a 3 minute limit on their comment.  The Mayor then called him a bitch  and said people could talk as long as they would like and it was her call - not really, changing the established procedures of a village meeting requires an affirmative vote by the quorum but she and Gonzalez are fighting recently so the hell with Sunshine.  

The mayor did actually cut off one of the three people to speak about the need to open the agreed space, a major supporter of hers, but she never liked him.   I spoke about the subject and at that point, Gonzalez skulked off the dais, leaving only 2 present and under the Sunshine Law, breaking quorum which means the meeting should have been over but it was never a real meeting anyway.  Just a chance for Gonzalez to bully his way around the law.  

Finally, after all was said and said and said, the Mayor lied and said she ignorant of the subject.  Then Gonzalez and she yelled at Chervony for not speaking.  Berating and insulting their fellow commissioner, lying by omission and directly, and cutting off constructive discussion.  

Welcome to the Kreps Reign of Positivity and say Goodbye to the BayWalk.  

Kevin Vericker
July 1, 2015


Friday, June 19, 2015

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things Around Here

If you haven't been paying attention to anything but this blog, you might think that the only thing happening in North Bay Village is the Mayor's disgruntlement with the handling of her note cards.  That's my fault.  I have not mentioned the traffic mess up on the Causeway nor the Parking Decal programs coming at us for a while.  

Let's get up to date, shall we?

Parking on Harbor Island:   

The Village sent out the notice below to their email list.   This raised more questions than it answered and the Facebook page North Bay Village Residents Speak has been awash with questions. 

Notice Sent Out By The Village June 18
 The questions can be broadly lumped into a few categories:
  • What about visitors?  
  • Is my building eligible?
  • If I am a part time resident with a car registered elsewhere, can I get a sticker?
  • What about parking at Vogel Park after 6 PM and before sunset?
These questions were asked at the two (2) parking workshops - the first in January 2014 and the next in April 2015.  At the time, no answers were given and promises were made that these would be addressed.  Ah, promises!  Like they're anything more than a wispy dream expressed. 

In fact, the only publicly available information on  the parking program can be found by going to the village web site, selecting the Harbor Island Parking Regulations and scrolling through a PDF file that is only a broad proposal and does not include the procedures.  

A professional village manager would have rolled out a full program, one that includes Frequently Asked Questions, where to go for more information, how to acquire a guest pass and an update on the eligible buildings.   Rootin' Tootin' Straight Shootin' Son of A Gun Frank Rollason is many things, but not a professional manager.  He doesn't trust the intertubes and doesn't see why people would be interested.  

One thing he does do is engage in long, pointless email exchanges over things like note cards and his hurt and disappointment with the mayor and so forth so maybe if you email him at RootinTootinStraightShootinSonOfGun he will send you some some answers when he gets back from vacation.   (Go ahead - the link works.)

The Causeway:

The Causeway is going to be a mess for a year.  You've seen it the last two weeks.  That phase may be over today.  It may not.  We don't know.  

What we do know is that in July, the same thing starts on Treasure Island for some period of time and that FDOT is planning a full year resurfacing of the Causeway after that.   

NBV has Code RED, the reverse 911 system that should notify us of important things like it will take an hour to get to Miami but apparently the village doesn't trust the phones and have not once notified us of the traffic delays.  

NBV has a Web Page but nobody thought it important to include the traffic shutdown.  

NBV has emails for all residents receiving their water bills electronically.  

NBV even has its own TV channel but nobody knows how to turn it on.   

I guess they figure if they don't say anything, maybe nobody will notice. 

Connie meeting with her peers
One thing's for sure, our mayor made the right move.  She's in Las Vegas at a village paid conference meeting with her fellow elected officials.  I guess that's one way to deal with the pressure of the traffic.  

Kevin Vericker
June 19, 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

What Really Happens Behind the Scenes

Residents of North Bay Village, North Beach and Surfside have asked "What the heck is going on? The Causeway is all torn up and someone decided to put 2 lanes going west and 1 lane going east? Why did the village never let us know about this and how long will it last?"  

Well, shut up.  There are more important issues facing the village - specifically whether or not the mayor got her note cards and why rootin' tootin' straight shootin' Frank Rollason is sick of it and what Eddie Lim thinks.  

Below is the actual, real life email exchange that happened on the subject.  Spoiler Alert, the mayor and her rootin' tootin' straight shootin' bestie went out for long talk over dinner at Balans on Biscayne on Monday and by Tuesday were besties again .  How they got to Balans with all the traffic is a mystery but love has it ways.  


1.)  The Mayor Complains about the Village staff not getting her note cards:
-----Original Message-----
From: Connie Leon-Kreps
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2015 12:26 PM
To: Frank Rollason
Cc: Yvonne Hamilton; Jenorgen Guillen; jcrosland@bmolaw.com
Subject: It is simple only note cards! not that complicated

Frank,

As you recall, I had on 5/22/2105 requested that all coordination of my
affairs be transferred to the clerk's office.

This was as a result of numerous and consistent issues with getting my
tasks and affairs attended to, completed and or followed up by the
executive assistant for almost a year.

On 5/14/2015 when I realized due to a personal condition that I could
not attend the funeral of Representative Geller's mother, I went into
city hall and requested from you and Evelyn note cards within a week if
possible (which by the way I had been asking for some time), you and
Evelyn gave me the impression that I was not to worry that you would
handle. I expected them within a week. On 5/22/2105 when I inquired,
since I had not heard back as to the status. You gave me yet another
excuse as to why Evelyn had not ordered them other than she was not in,
were getting quotes to order for the entire commission.

Yvonne and Jen were able to prepare a note card for me to send to the
representative (without asking) on the same day of 5/22/2015.
Today 6/2/2015 still I do not have the note cards and again I am told
Evelyn was delegated the task.

Frank, it is only note cards!  it is not that complicated.

The mother of a commissioner from Harbor Island passed away and it would
be nice if the village mayor would send a condolence note.

I am not sure what it is to be accomplished here in the interference and
blocking of my ability to perform my duties as the Mayor.

Again, I will ask you to provide met with the printers' information as I
had previously and I will take it from here and order the cards myself
or please let the Clerks; office help me.


Connie Leon-Kreps, Mayor
North Bay Village
1666 Kennedy Causeway, Ste 300
North Bay Village FL 33141
Tel: 305-756-7171
Mob. 786 877-1163
Fax: 305-756-7722
cleonkreps@nbvillage.com www.nbvillage.com

"The future depends on what we do in the present" Mahatma Gandhi
2.)  The Village Manager escalates the situation by putting all the commissioners and several new staffers on the to/cc lines and replies to Her Honor:

On Jun 2, 2015, at 3:21 PM, Frank Rollason wrote:

Mayor, I encourage you to bring my inefficiencies in addressing your
issues and my blocking your ability to perform your duties as the Mayor
to the Commission for appropriate action.  You asked for a meeting with
Jim Crosland and we had that meeting and since that time you have done
nothing but nit-pick at every single item the Administration has to deal
with.  You, quite frankly, do not like how the current Administration
handles anything.  So, let's get it out in the open with the full
Commission and you can explain to them how poorly the Administration is
performing for your purposes as Mayor. 
On the issue of the note cards,I do not make excuses, I tell you exactly where we are at. 
We shoppedaround for prices because that is what we should do.  And, as you
recall, on May 22nd, you sent an e-mail instructing the Administration
to "disregard - I will get my own cards," so, we stopped the rush and
looked for better prices.  Now you say, "Where are my cards?"   There
are 5 Commissioners on this Commission and I do not single out one more
than the other when it comes to such things as greeting cards or
thank-you cards.  If we are buying for the Mayor, we are buying for all
5.  Evelyn spoke with the printer today and was told the cards would be
ready for pick-up Thursday afternoon and it is our intent to do just
that.  It is unfortunate that 2 parents of sitting commissioners in
neighboring communities have just passed away, but I would certainly
think that Yvonne could provide two more cards on an emergency basis
until we pick up the cards this Thursday afternoon. 
I am tired of thesniping and squabbling over minor inconsequential items.  Several weeks
ago, I offered to meet with you on a weekly basis to "keep you in the
loop" in a face to face forum - I received no reply.  Some time ago, you
noted that when you go to events or travel or receive special guest that
you have nothing nice to give them as the Mayor from North Bay Village.
A week or so ago, I place two crystal pieces on your desk for you to
take to the NALEO Conference and did not here so much as a peep that
they are nice or you would like more or anything of the sort.  All we
here is negative, negative, negative and I am tired of it.  I am tired
of you rebuking staff members in public in a very unprofessional manner
- certainly uncalled for.  So, I would say, please air it out in front
of your peers at a full Commission meeting and let the chips fall where
they may.  I am not sure how or why we have drifted apart, but it is
quite apparent that we are reaching that irreconcilable point in our
relationship as Mayor and Manager.  I agreed to take this position with
only one caveat - that you and the other elected officials set the
policies and I run the Administration.  I constantly find that as I make
decisions which are clearly within my authority as the Manager, you take
offense to those actions and continually make comments to the rank and
file employees who eventually come to me as ask what is going on?  It
has to stop.  So, I would suggest you bring it to the Commission and
have a discussion on whether or not you want to continue to retain me in
this position or is it time for me to move on.  This is not a threat.  I
need this job like a hole in my head.  I came here for the challenge and
to help NBV get back on its feet.  Little did I know at the time how bad
the situations were, but it has been fun and satisfying to help get
things back on track.  It is a total team effort to make things better.
The elected officials cannot do it alone and the Administration cannot
do it alone - we need to be a team.  And if the Captain of the elected
official's team is dissatisfied with the Captain of the Administrative
Team then something has to give.  You decide on how you want to handle,
but this has to stop, Frank.

Frank Rollason, Village Manager
North Bay Village
1666 Kennedy Causeway, Ste 300
Tel: 305-756-7171 Ext 21
Fax: 305-756-7722
Mobile: 305-299-7300
frollason@nbvillage.com www.nbvillage.com




3.) Eddie Lim responds:-----Original Message-----
From: Eddie Lim
Sent: Wed 6/3/2015 2:51 PM
To: Frank Rollason
Cc: Connie Leon-Kreps; Yvonne Hamilton; Jenorgen Guillen; jcrosland@bmolaw.com; Jorge Gonzalez; Richard Chervony; Wendy Duvall; rswitkes@switkeslaw.com; Jenice Rosado; Evelyn Herbello; Brian Collins; Bert Wrains
Subject: Re: It is simple only note cards! not that complicated

Here is my interim response to this.

I am very upset and deeply saddened our Village Manager has been driven to his wits ends to write his email.

I've told the Mayor before and I am repeating my advice to her. LEAVE THE VILLAGE MANAGER ALONE to do his job !! He's not hired to only serve YOU ! Forget the little unimportant things ! It's all about priority.

Frank and his team has A LOT of much more important and time sensitive tasks to handle then worry about your damn cards !

Madam Mayor are you losing it ? Has your head grown so big you think Frank only caters to your mundane and insignificant requests ?

Folks if Frank resigns on account of the Mayor constant nit picking and uncalled for interference, I will hold the Mayor directly responsible. The Mayor will have to answer to the Commission, to all residents and to our county commissioner and to our state representative. At which time I WILL CALL for you to step down as Mayor because by then you are no longer relevant.

Eddie P. Lim
Commissioner, Harbor Island
North Bay Village FL 33141
786-877-1694
Sent from my iPhone


So anyway, it seems like it's all sorted now and the course to true love never runs smooth and all that.  Oh, by the way, the commission bailed on the budget workshop twice in a row now.  It's all about the note cards.  

Kevin Vericker 
June 13, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Garbage Bid Equals Garbage Out

There is currently an item on the Tuesday June 9 Commission agenda to revive a 2010 bid from Waste Management Systems to privatize our garbage and possibly to end side yard pickup at the single family homes.  

I understand that the resolution is being pulled because one or more of the commissioners cannot be at the meeting, so it will be deferred until July.   

The garbage should not be privatized.  While there are significant short term cost savings, the long term shows that it always costs the taxpayers more and leaves us at the mercy of an oligarchical group.  Once we take away the infrastructure, it's incredibly expensive to build it back.  

But let's say the short term gain is worth it in the eyes of the commission.  Then it needs to be considered correctly and currently.  The Bid from 2010 includes items that are no longer relevant, does not include the impact of the new construction or the value of our current capital assets.  It does not even include the wishes of the residents.  It's just an old moldy bid five years obsolete.  

 I for one would be very surprised if the bid itself did not contain an expiration date but I am told it does not.  Still, it makes sense for the village discuss the issue and create a new RFP, maybe based on the old one, and get our current needs out to the current market and then evaluate.  Otherwise, we are recycling one big pile of organic mass and it won't work.  

The original RFP and response were dirty all along.  Back in September 2010, the resolution to accept Waste Management was presented with lies.  The city manager straight up told the commission that the savings would $500,000 per year while he was holding the finances showing that the savings would never exceed $50,000.   The commission was carefully financed through Waste Management campaign fund contributions and the whole process was so loose, it was becoming more and more clear that if it passed, someone was going to jail.  There were too many questions.  

The commission tried to backpedal and asked for a revised bid including side yard pickup which Waste Management declined to provide.  In the meantime, our now current mayor, then vice mayor had won a lawsuit to put her on the commission.  A competitor of WMS, Choice Environmental Systems, objected to the choice.  The new vice mayor Kreps then put a resolution on the agenda to reject their protest out of hand.  She then read the resolution out loud, acted confused, and shrieked "What did I just vote for?" when she voted against herself.  She has not improved since.  And that objection may still be out there. 

Finally, on June 30, 2011, the bid was considered by the village commission and Waste Management declined to participate as it now included side yard pickup.   This issue has been on hiatus for four years.  In preparation for the budget of 2015, the village manager is bringing the idea back as a cost saver.  But instead of saying let's review the old RFP, update it, get it on the market and get it moving, he's taking the easy path of let's consider this again.   It's wrong and it's unprofessional to do that.  

I hope there will be enough backbone on the commission to take the needed step back and do this right and in the sunshine.  

Kevin Vericker
June 6, 2015