Here’s a magic trick. Tear down an old school (in this case Overby-Sheppard Elementary School in Richmond), build a new one in its place using nearly all allocated capital ground funds for school improvements across the city, and argue that this will help everyone in the entire school system. Magic, right? 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
“The catalyst for me was just pure anger,” said Anderson, who blasted the state of the city’s roads and sidewalks at a March 25 council meeting. “We are the capital of the state. … Some days it looks like bombed-out Baghdad.” Link
The City Council approved a pair of measures Monday night that are part of preparations to move city and School Board operations off North Boulevard so the 60-acre site can be readied for redevelopment, chief among them a $4.5 million plan to move the city's fleet maintenance facility to property it intends to purchase on Commerce Road.