Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Newly-Paved Mt Vernon is Sinking. Questions About Standards and City Priorities

From Channel 46:

"Alessandro Salvo owns GS Construction. His company made the repairs, but not before warning city and county leaders on numerous occasions that using stone would cause the road to settle, or even sink.

“There’s no way to know how much it’s going to settle,” Salvo said. “They view this as a warranty and poor workmanship issue, and our response is that no, it’s not a poor workmanship issue, this is a design flaw. We told you not to put this type of stone here.”

Read more:" CBS46 News

 There's a very easy way to find out who is telling the truth and to whom the contractor spoke if in fact he did warn about this problem: Open Records Request on all emails to and from GS Construction, going back to the date the RFPs for the Mt Vernon sewer line replacement and repaving were issued.

The nice clerk who has been helping me compile information about the (lack of) impact made by home businesses is probably really tired of hearing from me.   (Hi Eric!) I'll bet he'd appreciate talking to someone new.  Give him a shout by using the City of Dunwoody Online Open Records Request System.  Electronic, non-certified records are free!

If the contractor is telling the truth, (and I am leaning toward that option because he put his face, voice, and company name on the record and on camera to make his point, while the city council members who ran their campaigns on the promise to pave more roads are not responding) then we have a new urgency to answer the question:  what exactly are our city council members priorities?

Paving roads implies quality work that will last at least a generation.  No public discussion about quality infrastructure work.

So what is a priority in city council?

  • Chastizing a home business owner who went to extra lengths to show his enterprise would not infringe on his neighbors.
  • Change home business regulations in spite of the fact there have been no documented complaints justifying the actions.
  • Fast-track legalized farm animals for a small handful of citizens - within one day of the above action.
  • Try to help a local business skirt the state alcohol laws.  Then, failing this, revert to "don't ask, don't tell" as the standard for handing out alcohol without a pouring license.

These aren't legislative priorities, gang.  In my opinion, these are legislative favors for personal friends.

And while our representatives are arguing these small points, newly-rebuilt city roads are sinking.  School trailers are getting ignored.  What else is falling by the wayside???


Unknown said...

It will be interesting to hear the council discussions on Chickens. While I applaud the Girl Scouts for bringing it forward, the ordinance comes with strings attached in the way of setbacks, cage heights, number of chickens, etc.which will all require...wait for it...code enforcement. One of the shiny new promises of incorporation was Code Enforcement. Eight years down the road, dozens of infractions proliferate. The school trailers are ignored. Frustration mounts. Will the council contemplate the chicken discussions knowing they do not have the infrastructure to enforce it?

Bob Lundsten said...

Lets not ignore the crappy job on Chamblee Dunwoody Road. If that was the contractors fault where were the city inspectors during the whole process. That road is sinking as well.
What it does mean that all of the hot air that the repairs were not coming out of our pockets is just that HOT AIR. Meanwhile the Mayor tells everybody back in Feb and March it is all covered by the contractor when obviously he knew it may not be. lies of omission?