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Lake Worth Utilities
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$50,000
... for an arc flash study that Mr. Reyes was qualified to do in house and at no cost to taxpayers.
$200,000
... the estimated engineering cost of the express feeder which could also be done in house at no cost to taxpayers.
$591,898
... wasted when insurance requirements were circumvented by the city manager and utility director.
$123,098
... wasted when plant manager Dave Mulvay’s first attempt at writing a scope of work contained a defect that cost taxpayers an extra $123,098 for tainting the bidding process and giving unfair advantage to one bidder over another. - April 2009
$64,000
... wasted when the Matrix organizational study to save taxpayers money was scrapped in favor of higher cost outsourcing by city manager Stanton.
$450,000
... wasted engineering design cost of water piping and tanks (original county water deal) that will never be built.
$59,975
... wasted when additional costs were incurred for not following insurance procedure on transformer repair.
$82,620
... wasted when the commission unanimously voted to order transformers when we had equivalent replacements already in stock since the upgrade. - 15 Sep. 2009
Total Taxpayer Dollars Wasted:
$1,621,591
 
 

 
 
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  LW Utilities HOW FORTY THOUSAND DOLLARS OF YOUR MONEY GOT WASTED

What happened to the ARC FLASH study?

In April of 2009, an ARC FLASH STUDY was commissioned by the utility director who is now being given $72,000 for her last three months on the job.

An ARC FLASH study is required by federal regulators for safety reasons and LWU was due to complete this study by January 2009 but granted an extension to comply. An ARC FLASH study specs out the clothing, tools and headgear to be worn at specific locations where high voltage danger could cause harm to electric utility employees. Such harm did occur when an employee got severely burned while working near a high voltage area in 2009.

 
 
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  LW Utilities Screwing Taxpayer Dollars

SCREWING TAXPAYERS & MISAPPROPRIATING FUNDS

September 11, 2011 -  please note that comments are disabled... see end of article for explanation. You can post comments here:

Over the past few months, I’ve tried to answer the inquiries and calls as to why the delay in writing such an important piece …so let me begin here for those who didn’t receive a response.

For the past few months, the Lake Worth budget was a work in progress and nearly impossible to pin down long enough to write about it. Figures and projections were shuffling around and items were being edited and deleted as city staff scrambled to get out from under the reign of terror that descended on them concerning millions “misappropriated” in the electric utility funds.

So my apologies for not committing this to writing sooner but it would have been a disservice if I had done so.

 
 
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  LW Utilities Part IV - Mr Reyes and American Values

Part IV - MR REYES AND AMERICAN VALUES

So make sure you see the video linked on Part I of this story. It is a short and very effective witness to the truth about the city you live in and how it has treated those who refuse to lie to you. It exemplifies how virtue is despised, attacked, slandered, and disposed of. And it shows exactly what is happening in America and why it is becoming more difficult than ever to get honest people into government.

 
 
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  LW Utilities Part II - A story of the best and worst of Lake Worth

Part II & III - A STORY OF THE BEST AND WORST OF LAKE WORTH

Susan Stanton (top) & Utility Director Rebecca Mattey and PowerPlant manager David Mulvay (right) addressing the commission. Susan Stanton, formerly Steven Stanton has always fought the oppression of and discrimination against his/her rights and yet indiscriminately violated Mr Reyes' First Amendment Rights in an ironic and hypocritical twist to our story.

So again we see the video and a good and honest man at the peak of his career and no one predicting that a little over six months later, this man and two other top utility employees would blow the whistle on a long seated tradition of corrupt behavior at Lake Worth utility and would be heard from no more. It would reveal to the public for the first time the mafia style use of intimidation, threats, humiliation, gag orders, and slander to silence the truth and to bully employees into lying to the public.

 
 
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  LW Utilities What happened to the man everyone liked?

PURSUIT OF JUSTICE LONG OVERDUE

What happened to the man everybody liked, the one that got our electric utility running right and got us back on 13.2 kV with some clever moves, and saved us from heavy NERC fines, caught Stanley Consultants shafting the city, stopped waste...

CLICK HERE FOR BACKGROUND 2008 VIDEO


How do you define Justice? Some of us might say… it’s when good triumphs over evil? Others might say… it’s when we cry tears of joy when we see humanity extending itself to help the needy and oppressed?

 
 
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  LW Utilities How to make sure we don't get shafted on the upgrade

WARNING, UPGRADE COSTS COULD DOUBLE

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THE SMART GRID alone is a wild card. Xcel's Project in Boulder Colorado is coming in at about 300% over projected cost   That plus undergrounding costs need careful review as this appears to be another boondoggle headed our way courtesy of good ideas without the ability to afford them.

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  LW Utilities COAKLEY WAS RIGHT

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"Coakley Was Correct!"

Here we are five years later and the city of Lake Worth now wants to build a 13.2kV electrical distribution system.
Five years ago that was heresy!

Five years ago, William Coakley, then chairman of the Electric Task Force charged with looking into the verity of all things electric in this city, was nearly drawn and quartered by his own task force and certain of the city commission. Lake Worth, like most, abuses its prophets.

 
 
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  LW Utilities Utility Workshop... a second tie line??

Utility workshop... a second tie line??

This new 1.5 million dollar substation in 2003 was to be gutted under the 26 Kv conversion

CLICK HERE FOR UTILITY POWERPOINT

In 2005, a new utility director with no electric utility background and a phony engineer hijacked a bond approved electric system upgrade and were well on their way to causing immeasurable damage to our electric system and had positioned themselves to squander millions in bond money that would create a gravy train for contractors. If this deviousness had succeeded it could have bankrupted the city.

 
 
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  LW Utilities Making friends with OPM

Making friends with OPM (other people's money)

Is that the game? LWM received some employee feedback this morning concerning the article directly below.

 
 
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  LW Utilities Taxpayers screwed out of another $50,000

The cost of corruption ...add $50,000

The WASTE CLOCK is a convenient summary of what is causing Lake Worth to lapse into bankruptcy and dysfunctionality. That central problem remains uncorrected and its called… corruption. And its right at the top levels of Lake Worth government.

Leaving it intact has just cost taxpayers another $50,000 added to a previous $347,000 (not on the clock) in a series of willful and deliberate flourishes of wasting taxpayer money as commissioners knowingly allow the wasting to continue. [Mr Mayor… where is the forensic audit of the utility you promised? Haven’t heard a word about it.]

 
 
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