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Audit: ‘Potential’ for recovery money

Review also states utility management billing was ‘in accordance to the terms of the contract;’ legal action not advised

March 20, 2014

An audit of a management services contract between the city and the firm that oversaw the utilities expansion has found $8....

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lightswitch

Mar-22-14 11:11 PM

That is $$2.5 million wasted. Cape Coral did do the $45,000 purchase and installation ONE TIME!

The dollars just keep piling up and it is interesting that it is not the current city council who found the waste and got to remedied it once before the unions took the council over.

The installation was done at the newest City Charter School.

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lightswitch

Mar-22-14 11:03 PM

The 1,134 change order contracts as I have mentioned is fact and what the auditors pursued.

However their is another instance in projects the city has done time and time again.

Projects were also monitored with regard to contingency fees attached to each project roads, water and sewer, buildings, etc.

The residents after this was brought up at a council meeting has never again addressed the spending of those fees.

It was brought up at that meeting that EVERY contingency fund had been drained to the penny.

This fact is as shady as the 1,134 change orders that kept bumping the price of the project up, up, up.

Other cities don't use ever penny of contingency fees. Why here? Why is their always a question on doing a project here?

Another project done 16 times in the city was the flashing school lights on the roads. It cost $186,000 every time the city did this project. Actually 16 times to be exact. Lee County Schools got the job done for $45,000 at ea. school! $2.5

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Packer

Mar-22-14 8:25 PM

Lightswitch.... Are you really gonna bless us with an apples and bricks comparison? You at least could have used the Detroit scare tactic. I would rather be called low fruit than a nut like you....

Bwahahahah!!! He actually tried to compare a Cape Coral to Hampton, Fl

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lightswitch

Mar-22-14 10:40 AM

Onlythetruth would you like to see the media stop reporting? That would not be truthful now would it?

The city of Cape Coral is like a man with his fly open on stage. Someone tells him and instead of zipping he takes his pants off. And they have!

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lightswitch

Mar-22-14 10:36 AM

Oh and Packer in Hampton it was not about the speed trap there. That was only what put them in the sights of the State!

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lightswitch

Mar-22-14 10:33 AM

Ya know Packer that is what they said in Hampton< Fl for years. Packer their city hall is locked and closed down until the auditors complete the trail of the missing and misappropriated funds.

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lightswitch

Mar-22-14 10:29 AM

Onlythetruth the city of Cape Coral, Fl was turned down by their outside attorney when city manager Szerlag brought this issue of fire assessment up if you recall.

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onlythetruth

Mar-22-14 7:12 AM

Please don't pile onto Lightswitch. This story falls right into his/her wheelhouse, like it's tailor made just for him/her. False numbers to arrive at a false savings, in Lightswitch's eyes it just doesn't get any better than that. Let's just change the figure again and save 20 million, what do you say Switchy??

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Packer

Mar-22-14 6:19 AM

"A thorough job was done, the outcome did not find huge smoking guns in the significant issues," Krym said. "The city has learned a lot and improved processes to create better contracts.

Chasing roughly 1% or less of a contract would be foolish wasted money. We just went through an entire administration of chasing yesterday. Once again, the RAG agenda of the relentless pursuit of yesterday proved to be a waste of time.

More evidence that the Cape Coral voters made a wise decision to vote the way they did. Finally a group of people that collectively are focused on moving forward.

Lightswitch... You keep bringing Gov Scott up... Trust me pal, he won't be racing a Calvary into town anytime soon to rescue you. The ONLY way that would EVER happen is if it had personal cash value to him or those that tug his puppet strings. That is one sure promise that can be guaranteed.

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onlythetruth

Mar-21-14 6:14 PM

The fact that a law firm has turned this down based on a contingency fee basis says it all, there is nothing to be gained. If there was something to be gained the law firms would be lined up begging for this case.

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lightswitch

Mar-21-14 4:01 PM

Having a bit of trouble with the FACTS are you!

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linda53

Mar-21-14 3:46 PM

Light switch... Move On and find somewhere/someone else to whine and cry your freakin sobstories to.. we don't need or want to hear it. have a nice sunny paradise day in the Cape

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lightswitch

Mar-21-14 2:21 PM

FORE!

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lightswitch

Mar-21-14 2:20 PM

Just a sidebar. We have been paying on the while elephant that is more like a pink elephant since for 8 years? Just think we get to take advantage of the 5% BONUS we just paid out and in Szerlag's grand scheme/scam we get to the big savings of $105 million. No really the big savings that he says comes at the end of the 25 year plan is it! See He and the council some like McClain and McGrail are already gone. The Fire chief Bill Van Reair it, and chief Murphy gone. Murph with more than $700 grand onetime thank you for your service check and almost 1/4 of a million a year with guaranteed 3% increases even though there has been no to low inflation every year. Yeah Cape Coral you'll get your money back

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lightswitch

Mar-21-14 2:07 PM

onlythe truth the same kind of auditor that was on the outside accounting firm that took out the crooked administration at Cape Coral Hospital before it was by Lee Memorial Health Systems.

That rogue administration went to prison Ward, Edgar, Dawson & Murphy. Overspending and misspending anything from Federal Funds to extracting silver off x-ray films and casting ingots. They were tight with the city also. Even invited certain officials for gold vacation in Scotland. Yeah, just Dumb Ol "BEAN COUNTERS" SOME WITH ONLY A COUPLE YEARS EXPERIENCE. wHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING MORON (ott) ALL WITH MBA'S AND 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE. It is not really necessary when the numbers don't add up! Oh (OTT) I bet on the $850 million potentially overspent. That probably is not counting the fact the money was borrowed with general obligation bonds where the INTEREST is paid every year for 30 years. What 2, 3, 4, 5% or more on that amount say 1n 2006 for 30 years compounded? Millions more!

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lightswitch

Mar-21-14 11:28 AM

PS If you want to save the city NOW e-mail Governor Scott about the FRAUD going on here in Cape Coral, Fl. at: FlGov****

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lightswitch

Mar-21-14 11:24 AM

Take this overpayment of one project that was not even in the Kessler portion of the Water/Sewer Project, Take the $13,1 million dollars of worthless land purchased. Take the RE Landscaping of some of the CRA district and so many other wasted/stolen dollars and subtract that against the PHONEY millage Rate the use ro keep the statew of Florida out of here. Best of all to the JERKS who RECAST a past player Jim Burch former APPOINTED Mayor to the mix, you got what you deserve FAILURE! Bankruptcy can't come quick enough Adios city jobs, benefits and the golden egg of all THE PENSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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lightswitch

Mar-21-14 11:16 AM

The city had the chance to settle with then mayor Sullivan for ONE DOLLAR. BUT CHOSE NOT TO DO IT>

The city had a chance to settle with Deille and the other owner of the property in question for $5,000 and did not to that either.

Some of the council at that time that were against that were Kevin McGrail the "ineffective letter writer", Marty McClain the "Expert Construction Contract writer and Interpreter (EVIDENTLY NOT). Dr. DooLittle Donnell. This is not even taking into mind Olorus Bertolini, Tim Day, Gloria Tate and a recast JIM BURCH who gave their city manager Terry Stewart and company the KEYS to more than the city treasury!

They never asked questions at the very beginning of the Kessler Audit. Never gave him TIME to speak to it the day after it was finished. They never had the INTEREST to FOLLOW UP with the man. They never felt an urgency to do that? They blocked a second attempt to audit of a mere $60,000, to as we knew then but see now recover Millions o

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grabital

Mar-21-14 10:42 AM

Why not find some lawyer willing to try this in court. The city spent a lot on the Sullivan and Diele vs the city on tax issues, and on other less money issues, why not try to recover 8.5 million, even if its any amount, this is the tax payers money, not city halls private account!

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onlythetruth

Mar-21-14 7:04 AM

Someone please tell me what kind of auditor is on the city payroll that thinks they can change figures after the fact to realize a savings. If this was the normal accepted practice, or even legal, then no contract would ever be considered binding or safe. I guess John Sullivan was correct when he stated there are no contracts that can't be broken.

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lightswitch

Mar-21-14 12:09 AM

Governor Charlie Christ wanted a grand jury to handle state pols. Scott needs to have one right here in little ole Cape Coral. Time has come for all the good boys and girls to update their resumes. Your good buddies are dimming your career stars.

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