Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Buck Stops Here But The Sidewalk Goes On

You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.  

At the Budget Workshop last week, the residents and Commissioner Duvall's request were clear.  We need to see performance on the part of the village.  

The subject was sidewalks - specifically on Treasure Island how the sidewalks are obstructed by overgrown foliage and how the cleaning of the sidewalks has simply stopped with no explanation.  The state sidewalks on the Causeway were also brought up.   

Instead of addressing the complete lack of enforcement to require that the property owner keep the sidewalk free of obstructions, and instead of contacting FDOT with a demand for them to fix their sidewalks, Village manager Frank Rollason once again dodged the issue.  He was quoted in today's Herald saying,

“I barely have enough to pay for our stuff. I’m not going to start paying for things that are under FDOT,”  Miami Herald May 29, 2014

This is a request that nobody made of him.  Nobody.  Instead we requested that existing laws be enforced. 

There is no budget impact to citing homeowners who block the sidewalks and none to requesting that the state address their problems.  None.  So instead of addressing the problem, Rollason rolled to the side and just straight up ignored the request.  This is typical of his management style.  Be aggressive, refuse to act, and mislead, instead of holding the code inspector and his own self responsible for lack of action.   

Kevin Vericker
May 29, 2014

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1 comment:

  1. alas, dont you see that such activity would require him to work more? he must bethe kind of manager who thinks he gets paid by the hour, thats what he means he cant afford it.


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