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Here’s The Scoop…All Smoke & Mirrors…..

‘Smoke & Mirrors’

NOW YOU SEE IT….NOW YOU DON’T….BEACH PAVILION….

This will definitely be one for the annals of LBTS ….

How did we start with a $900 thousand dollar price tag…with walls and bathrooms…..watch the Commission vote for a $380 thousand accepted construction bid…with walls and “stubbed out” plumbing for future bathrooms……to end up with $300 thousand. “shell”…..with no walls…no plumbing?….

A look back at previous posts…(scoops categories)…shows that suddenly  last month….we were all “Shell”-shocked with the newly revealed rendering of the Beach Pavilion ….at odds with what  the Commission had approved….

When did it de-morph?….

One explanation given from the Town Manager…was this…in a  recent memo sent to  the Commissioners ….after a Commissioner inquiry…

It was shown in its present form at the March 25th Workshop in the Power-Point presentation……http://lbts.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=54

This writer joked upon hearing such a claim…”I must have missed that meeting?”….and ” Are you telling me that everyone forgot what they saw?”….”The whole town did not notice the change?”…

Well low and behold…….

I did miss that meeting…it was the only meeting I have missed in over 2 years…I was in Chicago, after the January election…visiting the BCbythesea daughter for her spring break……unable to get the meeting on my computer….

I did not include the Workshop on my list in the previous posts…for it is shown as a special archived meeting for EMS,Fire, CIP, Debt….and I recalled this was the workshop that would deal with AMR/BSO/ VFD and the Annexation……the sewers…

I asked many who were around…. did they see the rendition of the Pavilion with no walls…in March at the meeting……or anytime until the reveal last month on the construction site’s fence?…

The universal answer…a resounding “NO”…

With one exception….Commissioner Clottey…who had seen it…after going in to see the Manager… she told this writer in the days ahead of the Manager’s “corrected” rendering…..In fact we had a friendly disagreement over it…and the Commissioner…all alone in her sighting…thought perhaps something was wrong with her eyes…

Everyone around her insisted it had walls…the walls we saw when the Commission approved it……and in local papers in 2007 and 2008……in the Aug/Sept. 2008 Town Topics…the Town Hall lobby…on the construction site itself… as late as  this writer witnessing the “stack” of renderings brought in by the contractor on Dec.12,2008….to replace the missing rendering  demanded by many after the outcry over concerns about the structure in progress….

Thursday night I took a look at the March 25, 2008 Workshop for the very first time…anxious to find out the answer….

Here is what I saw…….

After the public comments…and the fire discussion…

Assistant to the Manager …( his title at the time)…John Olinzock gives his first Power- Point presentation…( he announces it as such)…with the Manager remarking “It’s on the job training”…he shows the upcoming projects…the Pavilion…it shows the old covers over the benches……HUH?…

The Manager then takes her shot…with a Power-Point…and gets to the Pavilion…it’s the rendering we all have seen…the one we thought we were getting…the same …the very same as all that are stated above….HUH?….

She continues on…explaining the projects that will not be done…due to money constraints….and then….

She is talking about the grants…..

What comes next… the video shows..on the Power-Point …..what appears to be a black and white “plan”…as one looks in a set of plans…it is the pavilion…..no walls……but it looks like a required page of the plans…with multiple views and  side panel of calculations…that is from the set …not a rendering…

I listen carefully…for a “mention” …a point made from the Manager…of this being the Pavilion…without walls…….she says nothing that would alert us to a change…she moves on…..with the only comment being the Dec.2008 completion date looming on the project and the possibility of losing the grant….if it does not proceed…

If you blinked…if you talked …if you turned your head…you missed it!….

The Manager then went on to discuss the north/south annexation monies….

Discussion….

Comm. Silverstone….about the north/south annexation…

Vice Mayor Mcintee…north/south annexation…..

ALERT:…If these 2 choose to run in 2010…any candidates opposing them…go online and use their words about the north…they won’t have a chance in hell of winning that end of town…with their comments coming back to haunt them….

McIntee does ask about the Pavilion…

He asks about this “Hot button” issue…Losing a million dollars….With talk that it was being said that “Esther should have been on the ball”…”We are going to lose the Pavilion grant…..not getting it built on time”….

The Town Manager responds……the following ….

” Whoever is saying Esther, obviously has the wrong person.”

“I do not make decisions. “….”I don’t make votes”…” If the Commission decides to delay a project it’s the Commission action.”….”I only do what I’m suppose to do.”….

“As you know the design Pavilion took a year in its making” …”A design”…”Can you imagine such a thing?”…”So if Esther caused a year for design to get delayed…you can blame Esther.”..”I guess that’s why I’m the Manager.”…

“We’re in the permitting process as we speak.”…”We’re happy with the architect”…”He probably hates us, we call him every week.”…

She then went on to speak of the Dec. deadline…and going to the County for a 4th extension…there was going to be  a conference to meet the deadline…and although the County had told them not to come “knock on their door again”…the Town was “knocking anyway”….she said she no major problems and they were going in the right direction…

There was discussion of hurricanes…with the Vice Mayor saying the state would help us out…

The Town Manager …”I’m not to blame.”…

The Vice Mayor…”We cleaned that one up.”….

In this writer’s humble opinion….we certainly did not!….

If ….as the Town Manager claims …at this very meeting…she “does not make decisions”…she “only does what she is supposed to do”…and makes  claims of  “weekly calls to the architect”…along with the County’s grant 4th extension secured on  6/6/08…until 10/19/08…why did the Pavilion start during season…go ahead without wall and bathrooms …and end up as a “shell”  without the knowledge or approval of the commission?….

The Commissioners were left in the dark….they could not “make the decisions”…they could not “do what they were supposed to do”……

The assertions made by the Town Manager at this meeting and the Beach Pavilion being built today…..do not mesh…therefore …there is no one else to blame but Esther…

In conclusion….

This is huge administrative blunder…with no explanation thus far that can excuse it ….leaving it to be resolved in only one way….

I am in agreement with Editor Mark Brown….and his 1/9/09…Futures Editorial...http://www.bytheseafuture.org/

It is time for the Commission to put contracts out for a new Town Manager and A new Town Attorney…( I agree with his assessment of job performance and the status quo of a day to day contract being unacceptable…for the Town Attorney…..previously posted…)…

It would be hypocritical for any of us to put the blinders on……and take no action….after giving marching orders to the previous Town Manager for matters that never approached the impact of  this ….I see no other way….

more to come

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