Monday, October 3, 2016

WDT: City Cans Engineers As Another Project Falters

    As the City nears a decision on just how to handle court renovations, it's interesting to note the city has had more trouble with consulting engineers to the point the firm handling design of courtrooms for two years was fired this summer for poor performance and the local firm of Bernier Carr is now being hired to take over he work.
      That's the take away from this story today. 
       The City has also had problems with the firm handling the Fairgrounds renovation and there is a current dispute over roof vents.  Cost overruns on Factory Street have also frustrated lawmakers.
       The courtroom renovations were required by the state, which funds city court operation in exchange for the city providing a venue.
        Endless back and forth over how to configure the first floor has led to current consideration of choosing a new site entirely.
        It was frustrating when I was there and I thought it was resolved two years ago, and it has to be frustrating for the current Council the matter continues to fester.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/state-city-should-start-court-project-by-the-end-of-the-year-20161003

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm. All three of these design firms were selected while you were in office too.

Anonymous said...

Bureaucrat Jennings is at it again. I wonder how many emails and calls the Bureaucrat and Council members got from the newzunky posting of their contact info. perhaps enough to change some so-called votes of support for this discriminating law.

Anonymous said...

Isn't there a column smack dab in the middle of the auditorium over at the WHS auditorium? Maybe its not the outside firm that is the problem since they all give crap results if you let them. Maybe its the in house job that is not being done well enough. Telling them what you want, and looking at what they give you is what needs to be done better.

Anonymous said...

Just more poor management and direction from our poor excuse of a manager. This has dragged on for 2 years and apparently no one was keeping on top of it. We keep funneling money to out of town consultants and lawyers and getting nothing in return except poor service and poor advice. Sounds a lot like how the federal government operates.

Anonymous said...

Lets blame Addison for urban renewal too. She wasn't CM then, but since when did that matter? Seems to be the pattern in the city.

Anonymous said...

I thought Bernier carr was overseeing area project? problems with floor and now roof. word on street is that the person overseeing had some extra over site with the parks and rec supervisor.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

Frustrating to say the least. So, whose fault for a lot of that past and current contacting incompetence? The voters, right - thought so. Carry on...

Anonymous said...

No blame the city council, of course the parks and rec head should be fired also, but so what it will be dismissed as a political decision, meanwhile were worried about the fire dept..

Anonymous said...


This is what happens when you bring in management that has no idea what they are doing. These types of problems will continue until competent leadership is brought in. Can you please tell me anything that has been done right since Addison arrived? She is a total disaster and the longer she is allowed to administer the worse it will get. She is far more concerned about her personal and social life than she is the future of the city. Maybe another glam shot in a magazine or appearance on dancing with the stars is what is needed. Or maybe.... Just maybe .... we taxpayers deserve someone who actually knows what they are doing and has the skills to manage these projects, and when things aren't right, has the fortitude to hold up payments until we get what we actually paid for.