Up for Debate: Metro picks up the tab after planning department drops the ball

Friday, February 10, 2012 at 1:18am

What's your reaction to Metro paying up to $2.5 million after the planning department apparently failed to properly monitor infrastructure bonds?

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31 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 2/10/12 at 6:04

Quote from main story: “Specifically, the report noted the failure of the department to follow its own policies and procedures resulted in expired letters of credit and a backlog of 248 breached performance agreements exposing the Metropolitan Government to potential liability of $6.2 million,” the council’s legal analysis stated. End quote.

How can this incompetence be allowed to go unpunished? Heads should roll.

Metro was too busy with more important issues ...like advancing the GLBT agenda....debating the pros and cons of keeping chickens within city limits....lobbying for more public-school-destroying charter schools.....meddling with the food trucks ...ordering additional and expensive public "art"....sucking up to and bankrolling professional sports franchises...conducting political witch-hunts etc.

Metro lost track of its priorities and its mission...throw these bums out and put some competent public servants in there.

By: Ummm... on 2/10/12 at 6:09

Loner said, "Metro lost track of its priorities and its mission...throw these bums out and put some competent public servants in there."

Great idea Loner- any thoughts on how that might actually be accomplished?

By: Loner on 2/10/12 at 6:44

The old fashioned way, Ummm: Organize...Organize...Organize. There is no shortcut or easy way to do it; it requires dedication and hard work and it is a thankless task with people trying to block you at every step....few people are up to the task, ergo, corruption and incompetence set in.

By: Ummm... on 2/10/12 at 7:22

Your point is well taken, Loner, but I would contend that one could successfully organize every single one of the right-thinking voters of Nashville into a bloc and still lose the elections in a landslide.

By: govskeptic on 2/10/12 at 7:32

This is only typical of how government agencies on all levels handle or rather
are too lazy and incompetent to handle virtually anything other than trash
collection and collection of taxes! When there is never any accountability or
consequences but the constant excuse of "lack of staff or money" it will
never change!

By: Moonglow1 on 2/10/12 at 7:51

Moonglow1: The issue we have is lack of competent candidates. I agree we need to throw these bums out but before we do so, we need to identify competent candidates. Our elections seem to be "rigged. " Candidates are identified by the MBA crowd and then the masses can vote. Yippie!!

What happened here is beyond incompetent. People living in homes without utilities. I am surprised that these people did not organize and "occupy" the halls of the capitol. Who is their District representative?

On another subject, I notice Piedmont is building a pipeline here. I believe Bush's son-in-law works for them. This means that hydrofracking must be in the works.

By: GoodGrief on 2/10/12 at 9:20

What does someone having a Masters of Business Administration have to do with indentifying competent candidates?

By: dargent7 on 2/10/12 at 10:03

Gx2: Well, GW Bush had an MBA from Harvard and look how well he used it.

By: yogiman on 2/10/12 at 10:11


Have you thought about moving down here and running for the city council? These pore folks need someone with better experience from a 'yankee' (northern) town to run the show for them.

It seems politics has gotten too personal today instead of for the people.

By: yogiman on 2/10/12 at 11:05

No one seems to think about spending someone else' money; especially if it's the tax payers' public's money. They simply don't think the have to account for it.

Everyone in public office should spend that money as if it was their own and make damned sure they aren't wasting it.

By: Loner on 2/10/12 at 11:14

You may be right, Uuum. If there's voter apathy, then the status quo is safe from reform...if there is election fraud going on, then your apathy problem is compounded.

One look at my resume and the show would be over, Yogi....Nashville does not want or need a do-rag-wearing, aging hippie-type coming in from the Hempire State....but then again, Phl Bredesen was from Shortsville, NY..about 35 miles from here....but he was a clean cut, reefer-hatin', crusader....that ain't me, babe.

By: Loner on 2/10/12 at 11:30

Yogi, you go and organize the "Loner For Mayor" campaign....raise lots of cash, reserve (and pay for) a suite at a 5-star Nashville hotel (Note: Suite must have a hot tub-whirlpool)...and arrange for free Papa John's pizza for the Lone One...I'll drive the old DJ-5 Postal Jeep down there and start making speeches, shaking hands, going on the radio, fondling female aides...the usual politician stuff.

I'll bring a giant-sized can of Whupp-Ass with me.....deal?

Let's start with the campaign donations right here...right now...anybody got a lousy thousand-dollar bill to start the giving process? Whose gonna create my Super-PAC, which I will not officially coordinate with? Time's a wastin'...and time is money and money talks so let's go!

One more thing, Yogi, you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours...when I get in...you will get a nice, well-paying, cushy, government job...you will have earned it....bless your heart.

By: Loner on 2/10/12 at 11:57

I'll need campaign slogans...hre goes:

"A Chicken in Every Backyard!".

"Go Titans!", "Go Preds". "Go Vols!", "Go Sounds"...(did I miss any of the Jock hot buttons?)

And then there are these: "GUNS for ALL"...."FREE the SCHOOLS"...."TAKE AXES to TAXES!!"...."It's the CHILDREN, stupid"...."NO MATRIMONY for DOG-LOVERS!!"...."DARWIN LIED!"...."Save The Church From Mike Burch".

A series of "Loner Sez:_________ " slogans will be plastered on every street sign, shit-house wall and dumpster...and on the bumpers of the pick-up trucks of the great unwashed of Greater Nashville.

Last but certainly not least...the kicker...."FREE the MEDICINE: LEGALIZE CANNABIS"...that slogan alone should sweep me into office....I'll be rolling joints in the Mayor's Office....me and Willie Nelson...Willie will be my Attorney General and Chief of Metro Police...we'll combine the offices and save big bucks...we'll use the savings to invest in hydroponics, lights, fans, timers and the all-important top-shelf seeds...the taxpayers should not have to pay for the Mayor's Herb...he'll grow his own, right in City Hall....the Mayor will share, of course.

With me and Willie running the show...and Yogi cleaning up the office every night...happy days will soon return to Music City.

By: Loner on 2/10/12 at 12:14

Back to the article's headline: "Metro picks up the tab after planning department drops the ball"..that's a mixed metaphor...half sports analogy and half philanthropic analogy.

To keep the analogies from mixing badly, the NCP might have used these two more "pure" analogies as headline material:

1. "Metro recovers the fumble after planning department drops the ball".

2. "Metro picks up the tab after planning department slips out the back"

Or maybe the headline should have been: "Taxpayers left holding the bag".... or "Metro at fault for default?"...maybe "Chickens come home to roost".

Just trying to be of service..I love the Nashville City Paper....my favorite Comment Board host.

By: Loner on 2/10/12 at 12:20

Here's a more racy, but more appropriate headline, IMO:

"Deadbeat Developers Disappear, Metro Left Holding The Baby"

That one would draw in the readers...who could resist?

By: yogiman on 2/10/12 at 12:22

First things first, Loner. Let's get legal on this matter. Don't do a copy cat usurpater after Barry Soetoro. Prove you're who you say you are and make damn sure we can believe you.

Now, yuv go some good slowguns and I'll take that night job as long as you agree you won't gripe because I'm asleep when you come in in the afternoons.

And I'll throw a buck in the pot as soon as you can prove you're a solid, honest Tennessean southerner living in Nashville. Heck, you can even move into Una. This gang would throw money in your pot until they found out that was where I was born.

By: Loner on 2/10/12 at 1:05

Una? You da Una bomber? They're holding the wrong guy.

By: Loner on 2/10/12 at 1:08

Nashville is an All-American City...therefore, any American is eligible to run for mayor of Nashville....it's in the TN Constitution..in the Bread & Circus section.

By: Ask01 on 2/10/12 at 1:20

Drawing upon past experience, I believe there must be some way to enact similar rules to those in effect while I was in the Air Force.

At the unit level, at least, squadron, group, etcetera, anyone entrusted with management and disbursement of government money received, at my base anyway, a briefing concerning the proper behavior in that position.

Conspicuously highlighted were the penalties for mishandling funds. Mishandling included not just conscious, deliberate acts of fraud, but neglectful actions, or inactions, resulting in a loss to the government.

Penalties started off with, I recall, 3 to 7 years incarceration at Fort Leavenworth or some other fine military prison. Terms became longer depending upom the seriousness of the offense.

At the woker level, at least, people were forced to account for their handling of taxpayer dollars.

We need to hold those in leadership positions accountable, and not let them claim to be managing the recovery from the shore. They need to be right on the ship as it is sinking fixing what the have allowed to go wrong.

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 2/10/12 at 3:06

Wait a minute Loner, who said anything about running for Mayor? Thats a terrible job. You want to be where the money is, the County Court Clerk, thats where you want to be. Lots of cash, no pesky paperwork lots of contact with moneyed people coming and going. Yep that's the position you want. Why you don't even have to come to work if you don't want to. Always somebody to go and get your beer. Yep, County Court Clerk thats where the smart money hangs out. Oh, and you forgot "Go Vandy".

By: bfra on 2/10/12 at 3:50

Judy - Don't forget that $80,000 @ yr. pension, for NOT living up to the requirements of the job. Of course they did dock it by $5,000. Big Deal!

By: bfra on 2/10/12 at 3:54

Almost forgot & his 2 boys, hired illegally, being paid above their job description & last I heard, still working there. This is the Criminal Court Clerk. I think! But, take all higher up Nashville politicians, toss out 2/3 of them & you still would have some crooks, living off the taxpayers.

By: yogiman on 2/10/12 at 3:55

The final point is the people are the ones at fault. Why does the average citizen keep voting to keep someone in office constantly.... even when they are suspected of an issue?

By: Ask01 on 2/10/12 at 5:10

Apathy, yogiman, pure, unadulterated apathy.

Allow me to pose hypothetical scenario to illustrate the point.

An incumbent with marginal job performance runs for re-election opposed by either an unknown, or another ne'er-do-well term limited politician with an equally spotty record, looking to extend their time on the public mammary. During the campaign the usual mud slinging ensues, overly disgusting voters well before election day, causing them to tune out.

On election day, let's figure a low 25% of the registered voters bother to cast ballots. Having tuned out the campaign adds months before, they may have little information about any candidate, and standing behind the curtain, they stare blankly at the screen before selecting a familiar name. The "better the devil you know" syndrome. For argument, lets say the incumbent receives just over 50% of the vote, but enough to win. For all intents and purposes, the election is decided by only a little over 12.5% of the electorate, if my math is correct.

Improbable? I wish, but how else can you explain voters continuing to return the same slugs to office year after year?

I am one person, with a single vote, but no inumbent will receive my vote this year. My personal revolt won't amount to much, I realize, but I will know I did my part to clean house.

There I go rambling again. I do apologize.

By: budlight on 2/10/12 at 5:42

Off subject: FedEx and UPS can track 43 million packages moving around the country on a daily basis for people with hardly any trouble at all. BUT the US government cannot track 11 million illegal immigrants and they are all sitting still.

Metro, isn't that the name of a bus? Or is it a bust? I'm tired of the politics AND politicians. We need public servants who want to get these messes cleaned up quickly. That Arriolla (or however it's spelled) needs to go -- and pay back all the money -- and spend some time in the federal countryclub for disenfranchised politicians.

By: acluu on 2/10/12 at 8:51

.... and prosecutors of the " Tennessee Waltz " blushed.

By: bfra on 2/10/12 at 10:39

Ask01 = Your hypothetical scenario is exactly what happened in the last Mayor's race. So, we wound up with all "the good ole boys" still in charge.

By: Ask01 on 2/11/12 at 8:31

I know, bfra. Sickening isn't it?

Join me and vote all the incumbents out. At the very least, the resulting influx of new blood might be good for a few laughs.

By: bfra on 2/11/12 at 8:40

Ask01 - Will gladly! I didn't vote for any incumbents in the last election. Maybe other cities have this problem, but for corruption, bet Nashville would be right at the top.

By: yogiman on 2/11/12 at 9:48

Don't bet on Nashville being on top of the list, bfra. It may have a majority by number, but I'd just about bet not by the percentage. Good "servicemen" in office strickley for the citizens are few and far between.

By: JayBee56 on 2/11/12 at 6:26

I've been voting against incumbents for quite a few years. Bfra, you are correct that Metro is a corrupt government and has been for a long time.