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Question of the Week, Week Five: City manager review

August 23, 2013

Each week through the primary, The Breeze will ask the candidates for Cape Coral City Council an issue-related question....

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James71

Sep-05-13 7:08 AM

Sullivan and Chuckles were given a budget with excessive spending, massive payroll increases and massive capital spending (fire houses, police station, city hall) and a crashing grand list. Kudos for biting the bullet and cutting spending. Your solution is just pay more taxes. They did the best with such overwhelming bad conditions

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1sandy

Aug-28-13 8:36 PM

@Angelsonly: heard you moved to Tampa...any truth to that rumor? And I did check, the final tally was 8-0 to hire. Keep re-writing History to your satisfaction and amusement.

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Angelsonly

Aug-28-13 4:45 PM

Sandy Girl: Sorry to have been out of town the past week. You should go watch the city meeting where Szerlag was hired. The vote was 7 for, 1 against. Leetz was the sole vote dissenting. He provided sound reasons that have now become history and fact. If you insult college education where will you go to insult citizens with less education. Same on you.

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1sandy

Aug-28-13 8:21 AM

@lightswitch: Springfield, Brooksville & Haines. Here is a tip, GOOGLE or BING Fire Assesment in Florida and learn something. Better yet, if you went to college, go back and this time try memorizing something.

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1sandy

Aug-28-13 8:16 AM

@James71: Sullivan & Leetz are responsible for CONTINUING to ignore the needs of our infrastructure. Now we will pay 4 dollars to replace roads, etc. than to have paid 1 dollar to maintain them. Instead of 5 million for infractructure, we now need 20 million. Instead of us having to pay an extra 37 dollars a month, we now have to pay 150 dollars a month. Poor leadership and a lack of common sense will not get my vote or many other votes. VOTE SULLIVAN OUT!

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lightswitch

Aug-26-13 4:51 PM

1 Sandy you never came back with the 3 communities or the correction of the name of a community that that is non existent in the state of Florida.

Tell us more about the 2 communities that are testing the Fire Assessment Tax. The ones I found were under 8,000 and 10,000 residents. Come on !Sandy you are good at getting in-side information from your place of employment. You never commented on the city with the steel space building for a city hall. That this dork of a city manager is trying to emulate. Unlike these small towns Cape Coral has the tax base it is just mismanaged with too many dependent on making a living from the city.

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lightswitch

Aug-26-13 4:37 PM

Boyd did vote for road improvement during his term on council.

He voted for a road to be built that went right by his property. This was pointed out at a council meeting and there was another council member who owned land which that road enhanced.

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James71

Aug-25-13 6:10 AM

Don't blame sullivan and chuckles for the financial problems and delayed maintenance. You need to look earlier at Boyd and the pack of crazy spenders from 03-08. They told us the city would have 250,000 people by now. They overstaffed the city with employees and palace fire houses and wanted 100 million police stations. They built a 185 million water treatment facility sitting up in N cape with a full time police car in front yet minimal utilization. Had Boyd voted to pave roads instead of over staffing the city the roads would be in a lot better shape and so would our budget!

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James71

Aug-25-13 6:03 AM

I have read all the comments by the candidate and one sticks out more than anyone. Golub scare me. His basic philosophy is tax someone else so I can spend. The snowbird is the city's natural resource not the golden goose to bleed. The SB pays year round taxes for 40% usage of the city. they pay a higher rate because they don't have SOH and assessment credits to lower their taxes. They par 40 per month for water and sewer and don't flush a toilet for 200 days. they pay for trash collection all year and on and on and on. It is people like you who kill the goose and wonder what happened.

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1sandy

Aug-23-13 7:49 PM

4 years ago voters went to the polls to elect a Mayor and a leader for this great City and we got John Joseph Sullivan instead. Don't make the same mistake this time.

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KirstenThompson

Aug-23-13 6:59 PM

Once again, Mayor Sullivan states, "We need to position ourselves to create new revenue streams not to continually extract money from the same taxpayers and label it revenue diversification". Mr. Mayor, please tell us what new revenue streams you were successful in creating during the 3 1/2 years you have served as Mayor.

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Lolita

Aug-23-13 4:55 PM

Switch: Call Ms. Bateman, she'll tell you. If you can't get her, you know who to call, Sheena. You know the system. Find out for everyone. Be a hero.

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Lolita

Aug-23-13 4:54 PM

Mr. Carr...the waters are not only impacted by the releases, they are impacted by the run off during our rainy season which includes sediment from the septics, etc., some of which have overflowed. FEMA does not reward cities for this at all. It was not a storm, event, etal that occurred. It has been caused by humans. The beaches were closed due to fecal contamination along with the overflows that took place. Didn't you notice that at Cape Harbour when you found the old ship you keep reminding us of.?

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Lolita

Aug-23-13 4:47 PM

Sandy...One thing to remember, Leetz is never wrong. He will tell you, me and anyone that listens that what he says is the truth. He never answers a question directly so he can later say, I asked a question and never got the answer I needed or wanted. Just like he is a firefighter. Ever wonder why no real certification from this guy. He's not worth anymore than voting him out when his time comes.

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1sandy

Aug-23-13 4:22 PM

RICK WILLIAMS, if you ever say anything specific, I'll vote for you, until then, keep speaking in broad terms and generalities and I will be voting for McGrail. Examples of general statements: "Changing mindset of his staff." How does one propose to do that? "Look for more cost savings." I assume you have looked at the budget where do you suggest cuts? And lastly you say, "Council should stop accepting the city manager's every recommendation at face value and dig deeper for more alternatives, greater savings, and always the best value." Again, where does the CM start digging Mr. Williams?" Please, re-read the budget and be specific.

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lightswitch

Aug-23-13 4:13 PM

Where did the $6 million in reserves evaporate to?

The city's financial director stated on Cape TV there is about $150 million in department not spent?

But then again I guess if a 5% BONUS was given out by six on the council with the 2 incumbents voting no we know where the reserves went.

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1sandy

Aug-23-13 4:13 PM

CHRIS N. CHULAKES-LEETZ your memory is as bad as your judgement on Council. The final vote from the Council on Mr. Szerlag's hiring was unanimous. What that means, and I'll type very slowly for you, that you also voted to hire him. I see in your bio that you have a college education...why don't you go back and this time try memorizing something?

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1sandy

Aug-23-13 4:04 PM

Mr. Incumbent, The City Manager doesn't raise taxes, the Council does. The City Manage came before you and told you that because prior Councils elected to delay the repair and maintenance of infrastructure we are now faced with a 20 million dollar bill to replace roads. I heard the City Manager say that because of not addressing the infrastructure for the last 4 years the costs have quadrupled, meaning instead of 5 million needed we now need 20 million. Poor leadership on you sir. DUMP SULLIVAN!

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1sandy

Aug-23-13 3:57 PM

Mr. Carr, just because you have a hard time understanding "revenue diversification" doesn't mean it should be shelved. It means somebody should sit down with you and explain it very slowly.

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1sandy

Aug-23-13 3:54 PM

Hey Dan, if we stay "revenue neutral" how does the City raise the necessary revenue for the infrastructure debacle caused by the procrastination by the Sullivan & Leetz Council?

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