Willow Oaks – more questions than answers

The Willow Oaks demolition issue is not going to be over until Ben Holder says it is over.

The Troublemaker is living up to his name by doing some in-depth analysis of all of the records and documents that the City Manager’s office is making available about what used-to-be an innocuous demolition contract. Instead of answering questions about the propriety of the whole affair, the detail provided by the released documentation just raises additional questions.  Los of them.

I wonder if any of our City Council members have actually read through all of it to see how the government they supposedly oversee conducts business on the nuts and bolts level?  It ain’t pretty and if the City of Greensboro where to be a private concern, we would have folded a long time ago if this one instance is indicative of what goes on under the radar screen of usual public scrutiny.  Or, as one Troublemaker commenter puts it…

“…I can assure you that any prime contractor in private business one month would have picked up on the math as well as any other irregularities and never paid the bill. Why? Because that’s what private industry does. It has to, to survive. The city government only survives by raising taxes because they don’t know how to do anything as well.”


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  1. Posted January 11, 2007 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Nice work Hogg. I look forward to reading your own thoughts about the documentation given to council. I too wondered if any council person had read the documents. I am sure they have not. Should they? A felony was committed by violating contract bid laws. $35,006 worth of public funds has been spent illegally. If council did read the documents, they would see that it make no sense. Ignorance is bliss! I wonder if they read the RMA report? We know they leaked it, but did they read it?

  2. Brenda Bowers
    Posted January 11, 2007 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Ben, No and No! Our elected officialdom prefers bliss at all costs. Since the cost is to us the tax payers of the city and bliss is so heavenly and so much more civilized and requires nothing of them. Yes, David, I do realize they are tax payers too, but their share of the squandered funds they feel is well worth the price of playing Three Monkeys. BB

  3. dhoggard
    Posted January 12, 2007 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    Brenda… any evidence of your answers to Ben? Also, what is meant by “their share of the squandered funds”?

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  1. [...] I think Willow Oaks could have been handled better, but I don’t think Johnson or Simmons made mistakes that rise to the level of impeachment.  Same with the Bryant Electric flare up.  It was a complicated project bid under 6 year-old plans.  Bryant mishandled (to put it lightly) some things and the City Manager acknowledged flaws in the way the city documented the scope of the project.  A settlement had to be reached and it was.  Bryant will not be doing anymore bidding because they are out of business. [...]

  2. By Hogg’s Blog » on March 28, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    [...] In January I predicted, “The Willow Oaks demolition issue is not going to be over until Ben Holder says it is over.” [...]

  3. [...] The problem for past and present town planners and gatekeepers, is that we’re now living in the information age — their circle the wagon rhetorical tactics of old cannot quell the voices of residents who want answers, whether it be about 11/3/79 or Willow Oaks. [...]