The RHATT Pack Watch
Today is Thursday, November 22nd, Day 211 of the Rhatt Pack Watch.
Yesterday, the Watch reported on one of the actions before the Town Council at its most recent meeting. Another piece of business that came before the Council was the Sanitary Sewer (Wastewater) Rehabilitation project that the Watch has brought to your attention previously.
Several years ago, then Town Manager Bob Farley recognized that a major problem with the Town’s Wastewater Treatment Plant was going unnoticed by Water and Wastewater Treatment plants manager, the unqualified “Cousin” Andrew. You know, that two-hour a day man.
Farley began an investigation to determine the cause. He compared water pumped with wastewater treated on a daily basis. Quickly he determined that the Town was treating more wastewater than it was providing water to the Town. Further during and after rainy days, the amount of wastewater treated increased dramatically. This meant groundwater was infiltrating into the system when the groundwater table rose. And wastewater was probably ex-filtrating into the groundwater when it dropped.
Farley and then Mayor Miller visited Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and secured a $3.1 million funding agreement through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (technically a loan with 95% forgiveness). This was a three phase program, planning, design and construction with specific funding and scheduled milestones which would cost the Town about $150,000 for its share. However, the Red-face Ratt, his “Out of Town” Lapdog “Just keep paying me” Tebow and the “Gang of Three” members Mindless “Splain it to me” Tanja and a combination of “Sell-out” Willie and illegal alien “Suck-up Idi Amin Dada Mini-Me Despot” Lofty delayed all program phases, thereby costing White Springs its 95% loan forgiveness funding agreement.
Mittuaer Associates, the Town’s engineering firm, during a workshop preceding the Council Meeting, provided the audience and the Three Council Members present with insight regarding the technical and cost aspects of this rehabilitation program. In essence, the current system is in worst shape than originally envisioned. While some ares of the Town will be retrofitted with CIPP linings, much of the original gravity sewer pipes are so severely damaged that they will require full replacement as well as several lift stations and associated equipment and a variety of additional work on laterals, manholes, etc.
Completion of these repairs and upgrades will greatly improve, but not completely resolve, water problems in White Springs. Since the current wastewater collection system rehabilitation requires a greater effort, the program cost has increased by more than $1/2 million. Under Farley’s original agreement with DEP, the Town’s share would have been about $25,000. However, due to the Ratt’s and his incompetent Lapdog’s and Gang’s delays, the best the Town can hope for in a revised Ratt/Lapdog funding agreement will be an 80% forgiveness loan.
Although the exact costs to White Springs residents can’t be known until that agreement is finalized, the increased cost to YOU will be approximately $1,000,000. So for the next 20 or 30 years, you will continue to pay one of the highest sewer rates in the State. That’s thousands of dollars apiece from each and every resident and business in Town and it’s possible that more rehabilitation work will be required and the costs to you could go higher.
So White Springs, you have an incompetent plant manager, “Cousin” Andrew who can’t tell when something is broken; a Ratt-led Town Council that just wants to steal your funds; and an “Out of Town” Lapdog Town Manager who couldn’t care less about you or whether the Town has a functioning infrastructure.
If you don’t care about your money and this is what you’ve always wanted, you got it. If you care about your money and want something else, you need to get involved. Attend Town Council meetings. Help rid the Town of Crime and Corruption. Call the FBI office in Jacksonville (904) 248-7000..