Just before afternoon dismissal Monday at Oak Grove Elementary, the median in the middle of the parent drop-off loop had grass as tall as 28 inches. Large swathes surrounding it, the school and an adjacent community center measured a foot or more.
The city took over lawn maintenance from the school system several years ago in an attempt to streamline costs. Link
A city audit reveals that the Department of Public Works is not completing or keeping track of city sidewalk repairs, and could be potentially wasting taxpayer money.
CBS 6 also found out that crews were repairing sidewalks and not calling Miss Utility beforehand to mark underground lines.Link
Based on the results and findings of the audit methodology employed, the auditor concluded that controls and procedures need to improve significantly to effectively and efficiently manage Roadway Maintenance and CIP sidewalk operations.
Policies and procedures are inadequate
Appropriate information is not gathered to determine the workload
Adequate oversight is not in place
Recordkeeping is inadequate which results in incomplete operational information
Compliance with regulations is not assured
Proper procurement and inventory controls are lacking
Adequate performance standards do not exist
Last summer, the wall was damaged by a hit and run driver, and Richmond refused to fix it. Before the crash, residents say they painted and took care of the wall. That’s why they were puzzled by Council Vice President Ellen Robertson’s crackdown on individuals with derelict property – when they say the city wasn’t taking care of its own. Link
An ordinance passed in November 2007 altered the time frames that trash cans and recycling bins can be left out and increased the fine from $10 to $50. However, the city has not had enough code-enforcement officers to go after violators, said Sharon North, a public works spokeswoman. Link
2012 Oct 17. One Richmond Department of Public Works employee admitted racking up thousands of minutes in personal calls on her city-issued cellphone and falsifying her timesheets for more than a year so she could leave work early, according to a report issued by the city’s inspector general.
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A change of heart leads a Richmond couple to claim the city is giving them the run around. City officials said they would remove a tree that was damaged by a storm then mysteriously butchered on private property – but Monday there was an about-face. The homeowner says the city now says it will not take down the tree.