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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Another "New Business Enterprise" -

Apparently there is another new business enterprise taking shape with some familiar faces, and familiar names, right at the helm of the new undertaking.
Sort of like the new business enterprise that was formed specifically to service the City of New Albany's Sanitation services. In a "privatization" deal that took bids from, at that time, a non-existent company... (aren't there guidelines about who can submit bids for City contracts), a fictional, or more accurately an 'imaginary', company was awarded the $1.9 million annual City contract for the next 5 years.

Also, if I'm not mistaken, and I don't believe I am here, there is a built-in option for an extension of said contract for another 3 years, as well as guaranteed annual rate increases. hmmmmmm

Now, and here's the real kicker folks: The gentleman that submitted the winning sanitation bid, and conceived of the new enterprise with a proposal for a new start-up operation, refuses to name his new business partners. Uh-huh.
I'm pretty sure that a contract entered into by the City on behalf of its Citizens is subject to a few disclosure laws. Taxpayers are entitled to know who these people are, and which Council members may have a vested interest in same.

Here's where things start getting real interesting...
We don't know if formal adoption papers have been filed, but Mayor Garner is said to have taken a real interest in the successes of one young new Council Member, and always makes sure his 'boy' is taken care of.
About 4-6 weeks before all this contracting was done, At-Large Council Member, and former Sanitation worker/supervisor/worker, Donnie Blevins, was questionably transferred from sanitation to the Street Department, seemingly 'out-of-harms-way' from the anticipated fall-out resulting from privatization.
Ah, but contraire my friends.

CM Blevins has launched another new enterprise (probably appropriately) named the City's Sanitation Boy's (bad grammar included), and is drumming up business out in the County. The notice Sellersburg residents received stated they would be handling City and County trash pickup. Some Council members are aware this is happening, but were under the impression it was to strictly be for the County. Some Council members state it was on the table BEFORE the privatization contract went down, but thought it was nixed.

We believe that any City Council action, which required a vote, taken in regards to Sanitation Department, should be re-addressed with the abstaining vote of CM Donnie Blevins taken into account.
There are obvious conflicts of interest, then and now, and for the future.

Finally, and who are Donnie Blevins' partners? Who financed his new "start-up" business? Who's equipment is he using, or how is he buying his own? Last time I heard, saitation workers don't make that much money, That's what R&R had to say... Oh yeah (paraphrasing of course), 'sanitation work is nothing to aspire to become. You people are ranting to save jobs that are at the bottom of the economic scale.' Oh, but we fought back saying a city job has certain "advantages".

Still, we never knew advantages like financing an expensive start-up business would be one of them, and I'm sure the rest of the guys who signed on at $12 something an hour would love to come back and get the deal Donnie got.

Donnie, how many times can you throw your scruples under the bus? But, it sure explains a lot. That's why you don't have any anymore.
It's a shame people have to be so "bought & sold" in this town. A real shame. But, like we keep saying, the devil's in the details, and we intend to take a close look at the details on this one.

16 Comments:

  • Please see section 1.11 of the recently signed sanitation contract. It's going to be a major stumbling block, I would think, to this kind of action.

    Who is now saying that was simply a typo on the letter some residents received stating "they" were starting this business up in the City for the City and the County? How can that statement possibly be a typo?

    Here is Section 1.11 of the "BRAND NEW CONTRACT":

    "Residential Units Number" shall mean the number of Residential Units in the City, which, as of the Commencement Date, is agreed upon by the parties to be Twelve Thousand (12,000). The Residential Units Amount shall be adjusted upon a change in the number of Residential Units, as verified through a count of such Residential Units. This count is to be updated by actual count certified to by the Contractor AND the City at least on a once yearly basis.

    Other questions we have is how can Councilman Blevins afford to start this business? Yea, it may be none of our business -- his finances. The fact still remains people are aware of what Mr. Blevins had/had not before he entered; he is open to public scrutiny upon his finances, especially with him now having transferred to the Street Department, is starting up a business without two nickels to rub together, with unnamed partners except for "City Sanitation Boys".

    Where are our trucks now? Did Eco-Tech get them; lease them, what the hey happened with them? Don't tell me Councilman Blevins may be involved in purchasing them.

    Who at the last Council meeting asked for a new packer? We are still catching our breath on this end. Another day, another dollar in New Albany, right? Right. Thanks for the space, Laura.
    Our Opinions, Only.

    By Anonymous What Does That NEW Contract Say?????????????????????????????, at 2:21 PM, January 26, 2006  

  • That's what R&R had to say... Oh yeah (paraphrasing of course), 'sanitation work is nothing to aspire to become. You people are ranting to save jobs that are at the bottom of the economic scale

    I think you're bordering on libel there. Can you attribute this quote to anyone for sure?

    Oh, no, you can't it was one of the famed anonymous quotes.

    And wait a minute here contract questioner. I have some questions for you guys.

    It's not fair for someone to criticize CM Schmidt, because, according to Laura, being a councilman doesn't mean he should undergo public scrutiny. BUT now you think you have the right to disect a man's finance's? That is so none of your business.

    They hypocricy never stops does it?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:06 PM, January 26, 2006  

  • Great job! Just keep "diggin up" the dirt on these people. Let's rattle them skeltons as well.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:50 PM, January 26, 2006  

  • Criticize Councilman Schmidt for what? He was directed to EMC for the work, bids were taken & work was performed. No questions from anyone before that point, not even from the people who are contracted by the City, EMC.

    U may have missed the articles in the paper about how a lot of these homes along this street had severe property damage before this storm culvert was put in.

    Now, let's talk about the new 1 "we" have discovered over off Vance Avenue. Bring it on. We are ready, willing and able.

    Yes, we can only imagine how wrong and smelly this 1 aspires to be. D&D are just beginning to understand what is going on around them in this little town of ours. Who's D&D, u ask -- we'll save that 1 for an insider joke.

    Shore do wish u could answer a few questions about this issue, but it's not like we were expecting u to. Have a good 1 and we are so sure there is more to come. Still our opinions. Thank u for the information and space, East Ender.

    By Anonymous The Contract Questioner for Today, Sure More Will Follow..............., at 4:04 PM, January 26, 2006  

  • Public scrutiny about the Schmidt's finances, or Blevin's?
    You are talking about the bad mouthing of Mr. Schmidt, who did work with Mr. Coffey on this project about a drainage culvert where people had bad damage. This one is about Mr. Blevin's abilities, possibly at our expense, of opening a NEW BUSINESS. No parallels there, East Ender. It's simply that reading comprehension problemo again, and maybe a REAL KNEE JERK REACTION you got! Take care. Good job. Thank you. Please do not let them divert you from this one, until it's put to bed. Our opinions too, even though we have read on here how badly they hate it when someone does speak how they feel.

    Me think they doth protest too much. Bumpy ride ahead. Hang on NA.

    By Anonymous More Info Being Kept from Officials & Citizens, at 4:13 PM, January 26, 2006  

  • It is nice to get an answer once in a while to questions you may have about our government and officials actions and operations.

    According to a reliable City official, our equipment (trucks), building, utilities, phones, radios, gasoline, etc. are being used by this new Company we signed the contract with, without paying a dime towards such things until the "rest" of the contract is worked out.

    As Council was told from the beginning when the first rumblings of this appeared, there are serious issues with the disposal of PUBLIC OWNED PROPERTIES, AND USE OF SAME FREE. Anyone get my drift here?

    Isn't this a lot of fun? How could anyone think citizen activists enjoy these type of things? Some think we shouldn't ask such hard questions from our elected officials. We feel the exact opposite in our opinion.

    Thanks East Ender. It was nice to make some phone calls and actually receive a straight answer, even if it was only over what is going on now with the new Company and the "rest of the said Contract", and TAXPAYERS' RESOURCES.

    Maybe someone else will answer some more of the questions we now face. Do they still want to tell the Citizens THIS IS SUCH A GOOD THING FOR THE CITY? Too much, I tell you, too much. Our mere opinions. Thanks for your space,
    and efforts.

    By Anonymous A Citizen Who Made Some Telephone Calls To Find Out What Is Going On, at 11:30 PM, January 26, 2006  

  • Do ya know how NA already knows its gonna be a bumpy ride????? The conditions of the roads and ally ways. We'za feel it, and seez it, rite?

    By Anonymous Unanimously, Anonymously Yours, Etc..........., at 12:27 AM, January 27, 2006  

  • trying to say Blevins is a crook eastender?, just what exactly are you saying?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:53 AM, January 27, 2006  

  • WRONG--Schmidtdid not have the authority to ordfer the work done---and he did there was no approval---the mayor was nicer than I would have been-----he could have forced schmidt to pay that bill out of his own pocket-----schmidt was in a panic mode calling councilmen to see if they would sign off on the work already done--finally the mayor bailed him out----it was a total abuse of power and I would have left him out to dry---thank god he won't be around another term

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:20 AM, January 27, 2006  

  • Ground Clutter, Ground Clutter, Stay Tuned...Bumpy Road NA...OUR OPINES.

    By Anonymous GROUND CLUTTER,....................................................................................., at 12:00 PM, January 27, 2006  

  • sqawk sqawk, the sound of solna trying to prove all the conspracy and corruption lies

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:30 PM, January 27, 2006  

  • What did the letter sent out by Blevins say? Is it a solicitation to Sellersburg residents?

    Unless you can provide more facts and details, it isn't clear just what this story is about.

    By Anonymous what are you trying to say?, at 1:22 PM, January 27, 2006  

  • Ifs or whens this here lettar iz sein we shore hope sum people take notice of all the bad gramner and mispeellings and sntense struckure and all of them there things. Ya'll can da see there stu;ft. Shucky durn.

    By Anonymous Yesser, itz gonna be ah intrestng days to comes, wuldn't yu say?, at 1:55 PM, January 27, 2006  

  • Whose the crook?
    Damn ..alot from where I sit? hoz about you allz swifty opinion?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:59 PM, January 27, 2006  

  • THANK YOU FREEDOM OF SPEECH FOR THE LISTING OF TAX ABATEMENTS. THAT'S ONLY A FEW OF THEM, ISN'T IT? STAGGERING AMOUNTS.

    A FORMER WORKER FOR THE STATE'S LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT TOLD TAXPAYERS THREE (3) YEARS AGO TAX ABATEMENTS WERE KILLING THIS CITY'S BUDGET.

    IRONICALLY, THERE IS NO ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS AVAILABLE/RESOURCES TO EVEN VALIDATE THESE ABATEMENTS WHEN THEY COME BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL. DID THEY OR DID THEY NOT FOLLOW THE LAW QUALIFYING FOR THESE ONGOING, HOW LONG, TAX ABATEMENTS?

    HOW COME THE COUNTY HAS ONLY ONE TAX ABATEMENT, AND THE CITY HAS A 16 TO 20 PAGE COMPUTER PRINTOUT (BIG OLD GREENBAR PAPER) FULL OF THEM? HOW COME IT WAS KEPT IN CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE FOR TEN (10) YEARS, AND IS STILL NOT BEING ADDRESSED, AGAIN?

    THANK YOU FREEDOM OF SPEECH FOR YOUR INFORMATION.

    Our fellow citizens may obtain the same report by traveling to the County Auditor's office, and being specific, ask for a report of tax abatements, BROKEN BY TOWNSHIP. If not, you will only get a few of them.

    Thanks for the space, East Ender.

    By Anonymous IT'S JUST ZEROES......0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000, at 3:52 PM, January 27, 2006  

  • Good job, and good use of space.
    These are the things we need to investigate to find out why the City has no money, and why such things continue to erode our financial stability.

    By Blogger East Ender, at 4:10 PM, January 27, 2006  

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