Get responses from the VDOE BOC
Get responses from the VDOE BOC
The VDOE is not running efficiently, effectively, or transparently.
Please support an effort to get these questions answered:
Questions for the BOC
1 – In 2018 the voters approved a warrant article that has approximately $130,000 remaining for tank inspections and linings. What plan does the BOC have for this money?
2 - The BOC paid Dubois and King $5,000 or so on 12/1/2017 for a site design, evaluation and survey work at 4 Little Loop. The homeowner paid less than $3,000 for the same job to his engineer (Jim Rines). It seems like the VDOE is being overcharged. The answer can't be that the homeowner's engineer did a substandard job because the BOC is on record stating that Paul Fluet (the VDOE engineer) said either design is acceptable. So Paul is approving the job done by another firm for a cost that is 40% less than what the VDOE paid. Does the BOC have a concern about being overcharged for work by Dubois and King?
3 – If Paul says either design will work that means two engineers support the plan by Jim Rines. If Jim has concerns about Paul’s design and feels the project can be done for less money in both the short and long term that means only one engineer supports that plan. Why would the BOC endorse a plan only one of two engineers supports rather than a plan that two out of two engineers support? Does Dubois and King offer something with their plan that is not offered by White Mountain Survey and Engineering (the company employed by the homeowner)?
4 – Ralph, do you share Mike’s belief that Mike can remove the camera whenever he feels like it? If so, do you think that’s a good policy?
5 – The people signing this document request a public hearing with Rick Skarinka where we are allowed to participate in the discussion. Rick Skarinka is from DES and is involved in the water tank replacement project within the VDOE.
6 – The people signing this document request one BOC meeting a month to occur on the weekend.
7 – The people signing this document request one BOC a month to occur in the evening so that people who work can attend (and like virtually EVERY OTHER COMMITTEE IN MADISON).
8 – The people signing this document ask for draft minutes to be placed on the VDOE website within 144 hours of the completion of any meeting or as requested by a resident as required by state law. If a meeting ends at 10am on Tuesday, those minutes should be available by 10am the following Monday.
9 – Minutes are updated on the website within three business days of being approved. It’s disappointing that on 8/9/18 the last available minutes are from 7/10/18.
10 – The people signing this document ask for property owners to be invited to meetings when something relevant for them is on the agenda.
11 – Has the BOC been working on researching and or developing a plan other than the one Kelly from the DPW proposed in regards to comp time?
12 – Has the BOC asked Kelly to provide a breakdown of actual cost (not back of the napkin cost) of equipment rental, labor and the operating cost of VDOE owned equipment used to process VDOE sand vs the material cost to purchase sand, operating cost of VDOE owned equipment and labor cost to retrieve the sand from supplier (or cost of delivery)? Have you asked Kelly to look at his schedule and see how his crew can accomplish the sand project without interrupting or delaying other projects? If not, how can you make an informed decision on Kelly's idea to save the District money?
13 – Does the DPW have the ability to clean and adequately maintain all culverts and catch basins in the VDOE? If not, what limits his ability to do so? How many culverts are there in the district? How many catch basins are there in the district?
We look forward to hearing these questions answered.