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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    How is it that a developer builds all the infrastructure for a 25 lot development without final municipal approval? We all thought it was in the planning stages until the new engineer asked why they needed a preconstruction meeting if the construction was almost complete.
    There's someone asleep at the wheel in that municipal enforcement dept.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by kms View post
    We call those pre-completion meetings, and document a violation.
    I agree with this. Like others have said, somebody wassailed at the wheel on the enforcement side. However, the developer should have known what was required.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Quote Originally posted by kms View post
    We call those pre-completion meetings, and document a violation.
    We are putting a stop work order on it and we have a meeting scheduled for next week.

    Quote Originally posted by mendelman View post
    There's someone asleep at the wheel in that municipal enforcement dept.
    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    I agree with this. Like others have said, somebody wassailed at the wheel on the enforcement side. However, the developer should have known what was required.

    Normally I would agree, but I can see how this one would get missed. It is only accessible through a different neighborhood that is older and tucked off in a corner next to a freeway and is not a very big development (about 25 lots). I am surprised that no one called to ask about it or complain about the construction traffic or that other agencies issued approvals. I spoke with the former engineer who dropped the project last year, and he is now thinking about perusing legal action against the developer because it sounds like they used his preliminary plans as a construction set.

    There is no question that we would have caught it when they came in for addresses or building permits, but we are furious that it got this far without approvals.
    If you want different results in your life, you need to do different things than you have done in the past. Change is that simple.

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    We are putting a stop work order on it and we have a meeting scheduled for next week.






    Normally I would agree, but I can see how this one would get missed. It is only accessible through a different neighborhood that is older and tucked off in a corner next to a freeway and is not a very big development (about 25 lots). I am surprised that no one called to ask about it or complain about the construction traffic or that other agencies issued approvals. I spoke with the former engineer who dropped the project last year, and he is now thinking about perusing legal action against the developer because it sounds like they used his preliminary plans as a construction set.

    There is no question that we would have caught it when they came in for addresses or building permits, but we are furious that it got this far without approvals.
    Good that y'all put the stop work order on it. Sounds like it turning into a cluster.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    It's hump day and it feels like everyone is waiting for the other shoe to drop. Problem is, I'm not too sure what/when the first shoe drop was, if that makes any sense.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    This morning one of the customer service ladies came in our office and said "Come out here and smell this." I did not move. Too scared.

    My associate did and as he walked out the door he said "Is this one of those Pull My Finger things?"
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    Found out today that our brand new, only been here as a full-time employee for 11 days, economic development director lost her collective sh** at a public meeting on Monday, and is now gone.

    I don't go to the EDC meetings. However, this might have been a good one to watch.

    Popcorn, anyone??
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    4 weeks ago, I went to my primary care provider to get a referral to a specialist. Today, I sat in the office of that said specialist for over an hour... for them to tell me that I need a CT scan done and that I have to go back in two weeks to talk to the specialist about the results of my scan, and the possibility of surgery, which might happen sometime in April... So I get to deal with an issue for 4 months because of all the run-around I get from the medical corporation.

    Did I mention the co-pays and cost of the scan area all out of pocket because I have not hit my deductible yet?
    If you want different results in your life, you need to do different things than you have done in the past. Change is that simple.

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    Found out late yesterday that my promised new Planner position has been taken away.

    But hey, didn't you say you needed an intern? Why don't you go get an intern in the meanwhile?

    Really? An intern at this late stage? Schools are already in session and all the students locally probably already have a position. I'm going to get squat for an applicant pool.

    So the intern posting is going up this week, and the posted Planner position has been frozen.

    Is it time for a drink yet?
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    Quote Originally posted by Salmissra View post

    Is it time for a drink yet?
    Yes, yes it is.
    If you want different results in your life, you need to do different things than you have done in the past. Change is that simple.

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    Quote Originally posted by Salmissra View post
    Found out today that our brand new, only been here as a full-time employee for 11 days, economic development director lost her collective sh** at a public meeting on Monday, and is now gone.

    I don't go to the EDC meetings. However, this might have been a good one to watch.

    Popcorn, anyone??
    I need to know more about this. Is there video of said meeting? 11 days? That's impressive.
    He's a planner, he's a dreamer, he's a sordid little schemer,
    Seems to think that money grows on trees . . .

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    Quote Originally posted by MD Planner View post
    I need to know more about this. Is there video of said meeting? 11 days? That's impressive.
    So, on some available research (now that a couple of papers have posted) perhaps what happened isn't what I was told. I guess she didn't lose herself, rather she lost her job . . .

    From our local paper:

    One of the staff disagreed with the City Manager and after shutting her down told her “if you want to be removed from your position right now….”. That is inappropriate in any public meeting no matter who you are. Having been an executive manager for the last 20 years, had I done that in public in front of others, I would have been disciplined. This needs to be acted on by the council.
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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    Quote Originally posted by Salmissra View post
    So, on some available research (now that a couple of papers have posted) perhaps what happened isn't what I was told. I guess she didn't lose herself, rather she lost her job . . .

    From our local paper:

    One of the staff disagreed with the City Manager and after shutting her down told her “if you want to be removed from your position right now….”. That is inappropriate in any public meeting no matter who you are. Having been an executive manager for the last 20 years, had I done that in public in front of others, I would have been disciplined. This needs to be acted on by the council.


    Interesting...
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Okay, I believe I just managed to step on a US Senator's toes.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Okay, I believe I just managed to step on a US Senator's toes.
    You say that like it is a bad thing?
    If you want different results in your life, you need to do different things than you have done in the past. Change is that simple.

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Okay, I believe I just managed to step on a US Senator's toes.
    Good. That property was looking terrible anyways.

    The Law is blind and all that.

    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Every day is today. Yesterday is a myth and tomorrow an illusion.

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Okay, I believe I just managed to step on a US Senator's toes.
    Just his toes? C'mon maister, you can do better than that. Go for the throat next time.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Okay, I believe I just managed to step on a US Senator's toes.
    When dancing the person that is moving backwards is at risk of having their toes stepped on. I couldn't imagine a US Senator moving forward so that makes sense. Your next dance partner should be more progressive.

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    I sooo want to post about what transpired, but.......one's anonymity is never guaranteed online.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I sooo want to post about what transpired, but.......one's anonymity is never guaranteed online.
    Here I fixed it for you

    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Okay, My "friend" believes he/she I believe I just managed to step on a US Senator's toes.

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    Eff depression.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    This morning I had a doctor stick an illuminate scope and a separate metal tube connected to a vacuum up my nose. If you have never had this happen done, I cannot recommend it. It is not pleasant and despite the numbing spray, you can feel everything because it is all connected in there. If feels much like you would imagine it. Oh, and I have enough going on here that I am going to be working for the rest of the freaking day.
    If you want different results in your life, you need to do different things than you have done in the past. Change is that simple.

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    ^^ That makes my wtf seem inconsequential.

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    Financial considerations have compelled me to discontinue the family membership to the Y we've had for the past three years.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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