WHO MONITORS CITY CONTRACTORS?
Original post made by Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows, on Aug 14, 2014
The response initially was, "GPS logs indicate that the contractor did sweep your street". Okay, I set out to watch for the street sweeper over a period of several months. Almost immediately, I watched as the street sweeper drove down my street in the normal lane of traffic at about 25 MPH. The sweeper was in the street driving by with regular traffic. The sweeper was not anywhere near the curb and gutter. The sweeper was not sweeping, the sweeper was not vacuuming. So, I contacted city staff again and informed them that my street did not have street cleaning that first Thursday of that month.
As I continued to monitor the sweeper activity on my street, the sweeper was there on the first Thursday of June and again on the first Thursday of July. The first Thursday of August, the street sweeper was a no show. The sweeper was nowhere in the neighborhood to be seen or heard from on that first Thursday in August. Well, I contacted city staff again. I was informed that the contractor changed the schedule from the first Thursday to the second Wednesday of the month.
Okay, I set out to monitor the sweeper contractor on the second Wednesday of August. Guess what? The sweeper contractor was a no show on that second Wednesday of August. So, I contacted city staff again. I asked for the contract with this sweeping contractor be provided to me. City staff resisted my request and directed me to the city web site that dispenses contract information for a fee. I replied back to the city staff, "I am a tax paying citizen, I am not required to pay a fee for public information". I copied city manager Nelson Fialho.
Fialho responded, asked for specifics. I provided Fialho the emails and other correspondence I have had with city staff regarding this street sweeping issue, along with my monitoring history for this sweeper contractor. The next day, I received the information I requested. As I post this topic on the weekly, I am confident and comfortable that the city manager will get this sweeper contractor issue taken care of. I really appreciate the professional manner in which our city manager gathers the facts, so that he can address an issue to resolve it. There have been other issues that I have interacted on with our city manager previously.
Regarding the city sweeping contract specifics and dollar value:
1. 7,555 curb miles per year $20.34 per mile $153,668 annually
2. Parking lots (24 locations) $792.00 per month &9,504.00 annually
3. 20 hours unscheduled sweeping $35.00 per hour $700.00 annually
4. 20 hour emergency sweeping $35.00 per hour $700.00 annually