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Here’s The Scoop…Flag pole(s) …On Commercial..HMMM…

WHEN DID ONE BECOME TWO?…………

This writer was misinformed when inquiring about the “wishing wells” seen the week before last on either side of Commercial Boulevard at the LBTS entry…

Posted a few days ago…was the surprise of seeing 2 flagpoles…in place…

Inquiring further…due to this writer remembering the Pelicans were scratched…along with the Silverstone request for a flagpole…it peeked my interest…

A little Town Website research produced the following….

12/11/07…Consent Agenda Item 11g….

“Award of Construction Contract to Tenex Enterprises, Inc. in the amount of $75,810 for the construction of two concrete base structures for the Town entryway features on Commercial Boulevard (SR 870) (John Olinzock- Assistant to the Town Manager)”

12/11/07 Commission Meeting Minutes….Consent Agenda Item 11g….

The above agenda description…

“Mayor Parker made a motion to table to the February 26, 2008 Commission meeting. Commission Silverstone seconded the motion. In a roll call vote, the motion carried 5-0”

The above was when the Pelicans were still in play….

1/8/08 Agenda #18 Future Agenda Items…

February 12, 2008 Item b

The above description for the entryway construction contract to Tenex (tabled at the December 11, 2007 meeting)

BCbythesea…although the item voted on 5-0 was to table until February 26,2008…not…. February 12th,2008

2/12/08…Town Commission Special Meeting Agenda…

This meeting…. readers may recall was when the new Commission was sworn in…no items were addressed…

2/19/08 Agenda …Consent Agenda Item 11c

“Award of Construction Contract to Tenex Enterprises, Inc. for the Town Entryway Project (Assistant to Town Manager Olinzock)”……

BCbythesea…1st meeting with new Commission….no full description as above…no amount given…

2/19/08 Commmission Meeting Minute…Consent Agenda Item 11c…

same condensed description as above….

“Commissioner Silverstone questioned the vast difference in the bids submitted. Manager Colon believed the Pelican structure threw everyone for a loop and caused the difference in the price.

Manager Colon said she would like to proceed with THE FLAG POLE containing the Town flag.

Commissioner Silverstone made a motion to accept with A flag pole containing the American flag on top and the Town flag secondary. Vice Mayor McIntee seconded the motion. In a roll call vote, the motion carried 5-0.

For the record Manager Colon said the project was not only for concrete, but consisted of permitting irrigation, electrical and lighting, palm tree relocation and landscaping. She said it was a complete project. Commissioner Silverstone questioned the original cost for the Pelican idea. Manager Colon replied that the first quote was $15,000 each.”

2/19/08-7/22/08 ….Commission Meeting Minutes….show no return to the discussion of THE flag pole ….becoming flag POLES….or being placed within the original $75,810 bases on either side of Commercial Boulevard intended for the Pelicans that were scratched…….

9/8/08…a visit to Town Hall to look at the backup material for the 9/12/08 Commission Meeting…showed on the list of items addressed…including….Tenex and the concrete construction on Commercial Boulevard….HMMM………

BCbythesea… questions…

Who decided on the switch…to 2 poles?….

What was the cost… $75,810?….

Who made the decision…without it being brought back to the Commission?….

It is not contained in the Manager’s Report…as an update…in the Commission Minutes online…

There is genuine concern over decisions being made by the Town Manager without full input from the dais…

1. The choice of banners…made by staff…..

2. The Manager deciding on and ordering the entry signage…a replacement that should have been sratched altogether…in this writers humble opinion…keeping the ones we have…

3. If accurate …the $50 thousand additional cost for a youth pool on top of the McIntee Public Safety Complex remodeling….

Now….. if this was indeed a decision made by the Manager…at a cost of $75,810 …answers are required.

If she did bring it back…. to ask for the changes of the project voted on…why do the Commission Minutes not reflect it?….

Commissioners need to prevail upon the Manager and her staff to return to them for all changes on items passed.

(This should have also been done with the entry to the “White Elephant” parking lot…previous post…)

In conclusion…with the looming uncertainty over the Town’s funding $35 thousand to the Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center…such purchases possibly being made without the dais’ final concurrence and vote….with the changes not being included in the Commission Minutes ……are all the more suspect….

more to come….

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