Monitoring City Projects

Register
Sep 3, 2013

 

Goals are set at the first of the year for the city manager to complete. It is her job to see that the goals and projects are moved along expeditiously and not have them sidelined at any given time.

I recently requested a public record of all the projects and what phases they are in at the present time. I was told by the engineer that the document has not been updated. I did receive a document with all the projects listed along with the costs but nothing that would tell me what phase a project was in and what the next step would be.  I would think the first thing the new engineer, formally a project engineer, would do is to compile such a listing. I had received a project phase listing from the previous engineer so the report did exist at one time.  The listing should be a vital part of the engineer’s reports to the city manager and the commissioners so they can follow along with the progression of the projects.  

I would even take the reporting further and add the projects that are being vetted to the listing so the vetting process can be tracked.  The city seems to drop the ball on the vetting process allowing years to pass by without a conclusion as to whether to proceed or deny a project. The vetting process shouldn’t be a prolonged process.

Some commissioners seem to think they can sidetrack the manager by introducing projects to her that haven’t been vetted by the majority of the commissioners. Sidetracking the city manager will only cause approved projects to fall further behind.  

The evaluation process is not the time to find out goals and projects are not on target. Commissioners can’t be in all places at one time so current reporting keeps commissioners appraised of any items that may or may not need their immediate attention before an evaluation even takes place.

Until next week, keeping commissioners well informed can only assist with good leadership and organizational skills so commissioners are able to make informed decisions. 

Comments

pavedparadise

The answer to this Blog is simple. Look around the City and nothing, except projects in progress prior to the new City Commission and City Manager, is getting done--unless it happens to be in downtown.

gramafun

After reading this I am terribly confused! If Sharon had a list with the old engineer, why not show it? at least it would give everyone some idea to what she is referring. There are vague innuendos that some sort of projects have begun but she does not say what they are. I, for one, would love to know what she is referring to. I wish she would be more specific when she writes. Either attach a list she HAD or something. It would certainly be more effective in obtaining some sort of understanding of what she means. Is she limited to her space amount or something? Can she not attach lists?

Darkhorse

Why would the engineer state that his listing of projects is not up to date when it should be up to date? Shouldn't the city manager be asking why the list is not up do date? Is it possible that the incomplete listing would show how behind the projects are back logged and that is why the request was not fulfilled? Why show an old listing when it is not up to date? As for anyone wishing to obtain the listing, just place your request for a public document. Why do you depend on Ms. Johnson to produce it for you?

gramafun

she is the writer of the article stating that there is a list. If you are going to write about something specific like a "list of projects" as she states, then you should produce said list. That's why. She is the source of information. An old "listing" is at least a starting point, wouldn't you agree? Better an old starting list than none at all. Since she brought it up and dropped it right there, and since she is the source of information, it makes common sense for her to produce the records about which she speaks. After all, isn't she a records expert or something, having far more experience than many of us to get those records than any of us could ever hope to be able to get. I would say she is by far more experienced at it.

pavedparadise

With experience comes knowledge. With knowledge comes honest information. I don't believe the Register would allow Ms. Johnson to write this blog without first having her provide her source.

Honestly Gram, if you want this information, or any information on government business, just call City Hall and ask for it.