October 31, 2014
Two items under old business are on the November 3, 2014 meeting agenda. The meeting starts at 6:00PM. These two items should be of great interest to the people of this county.
Item #1–JCWSA Billing Proposal
As posted on this blog before, this is about MUCH more than billing; it is about the county taking over the JCWSA and its day-to-day operations. This is also about incurring debt for JCWSA. Read the blog post about this issue to refresh your memory. Click here>>> IT’S NOT ABOUT THE COUNTY BILLING FOR JCWSA—THAT WAS A SMOKE SCREEN
Karen Degges, County Manager, provided the BOC with an “administrative analysis” of how much time it would take to do all the tasks necessary for the county to run JCWSA and do its billing. See document here. You can see on this document who she assigns tasks to, how much they make an hour, and how long each task is projected to take. She has some figures that are truly hard to believe.
Do you think that it will only take 3 ½ hours a month to answer the phone and assist 380 customers? In fact Karen Degges says it will only take 40 hours a month to do all this work. She has the Registrar, Carole Norris, doing almost ½ of the work. Make sure you look at the document to see all the tasks that have to be done.
What is strange about all this is, the County Manager shows that all these people have extra time to do these tasks (things the JCWSA should be responsible for doing), but when people complain about no one being in the office at Code Enforcement she is tells people that there were cutbacks, and that is why service is so poor. She says the same about Public Works—they’ve got less people so things just can’t get done. So which is it?
And thank goodness it will only take Public Works 6 hours a month to read meters, do locates, lock and unlock meters, do new account reads, issue service orders, etc. We don’t want them to take too much time away from all the road work that needs to be done. By the way, who at Public Works knows how to do all these things or will they have to go to training to do this work for JCWSA?
The past due amounts owed to JCWSA as of 10/14/14 was $15,035.74. The County Manager shows Sharon Robinson will have to work 2 hours a month to do collections on these amounts and new receivables. See amounts due here.
The cost to the county is shown as $11,829 to do all this, but “really, it isn’t going to cost the county anything” according to our County Manager, Karen Degges. She says these people have all this extra time anyway. There are no benefits (health insurance, etc.), social security tax match, workers comp costs, etc. taken into account in any of these figures. But those don’t matter either.
Karen Degges, Frank Sherrill (JCWSA), the BOC, and the county attorney have all been meeting (behind that door) and will have this all worked out for us by Monday night. Please attend this meeting!
This issue has been on the agenda twice, and we can bet it will continue to be on the agenda until Karen Degges gets Selective Solutions this contract. (Just like having the health insurance deductible on the agenda 4 times until she got her way.)
The first presentation (8/11/14) was written up in the blog. Click here>>>COMCAST SERVICE AGREEMENT TO BRING TV TO BOC OFFICE?
Here is a copy of the agreement the County Manager tried to get passed. click here to see what the agreement provides
Ms. Degges repeatedly assured the BOC it would cost nothing and save the county $3000 a month, but the agreement shows it would cost $164.75 a month for 36 months PLUS usage, taxes, and fees are extra.
At a following meeting (9/8/14), Mr. Ken Holmes from Selective Solutions attended and presented “the deal” to the BOC. This deal is all about getting Comcast to put in two voice lines and provide internet and it will somehow save the county $1500 a month (not $3000). It also has extremely high fees for internet service on the agreement.
Why did Selective Solutions make the presentation regarding Comcast? Comcast has a sales force. Comcast should have come and made a presentation or answer questions. Why is Selective Solutions involved at all, and how much do they make as the middle man? NO Commissioner will ask this question! A company as large as Comcast should not need a contract just to find out if they can provide service or not.
The BOC heard a spiel about they had to sign a contract first to show the county is serious, and then if Comcast cannot provide the service or it’s too expensive the county could cancel the contract. What sense does this make? Somehow it makes perfect sense to our County Manager who needs this so she can have telephone calls rollover to her cell phone when she is out of the office. “It would be just like she was in the office,” she said.
Another problem that was never mentioned is what the equipment is going to cost. Shouldn’t we find out what equipment and handsets cost before we even entertain changing the service? But again, these are questions the BOC never asks. They can’t even be certain it will save the county money at all.
You are encouraged to attend the meeting for these two issues. They are first on the agenda. Citizens, if you want to make a difference in what goes on, the only way to do it is to attend the meetings. You also have 3 minutes to speak beforehand about any issue you please.
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