Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fountain Using Taxpayer Time for Studer For-Profit Entity

Based on the email from Dawson Company representative John Myslak to the design committee of Quint Studer's PNJ Development it appears that the design committee meets during the day at Studer's SOGO complex.

Questions:
  • Why should Tamara Fountain, City COO, on taxpayer time, participate in Quint Studer's for profit endeavor?
  • Is Studer paying the City for her consulting expertise?
  • Is Fountain reimbursing the City for her time away for other private business interests?
  • Has the City approved Fountain's participation in a for profit project on City time?
  • Is Fountain using vacation time to participate in the outside for profit activity?

If this is OK then can you, Mr. Mayor, send over a Parks & Rec crew to my house?  The grass is getting a little long and the bushes need trimming.

From the City Human Resource Manual

To the extent possible, work should be scheduled during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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I forwarded my concerns to Quint. His response is below. 
 
Maren 
 
As always respect your passion and dedication to the citizens and your looking into many important things.
Rishy and I include many in processes including city staff from before we start a rehab to assure what we do is acceptable for permitting, etc.
For apartments to not include the city from step one would not be right in that this project is too important not to make sure we are following all steps.
Thank you for letting us and your readers know your thoughts.
My very best 
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Opinion:
 
I understand and support the project but disagree with Quint. 
 
Bringing in the City COO in design is not like running a design by the planning department or asking code enforcement a question. Access to City staff is available under current operations via a roundtable process.  Tamara Fountain's participation is positioning the City to be in an uncomfortable position should differences arise.
 
Smart for a business man!  Dumb for the City!
 
I BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE A SEPARATION OF FOR PROFIT DEVELOPMENT AND THE LOCAL GOVERNING BODY.  ONE PLANS, BUILDS AND PROFITS, THE OTHER REGULATES AND HOLDS ACCOUNTABLE.
 
What do your think?
 
 
 
 

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

All Developers have roundtable access to City Staff involved in the building process every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at City Hall. Planning, Inspections, the Fire chief etc. are all there to help developers fast track their plans and to have questions answered. There is no need for PRIVATE access for a certain few when that's not something that City Hall does for ANYONE else.

Anonymous said...

How else are the big money movers and shakers of Pensacola going to convince the city to give them tax incentives for their for profit developments if they don't meet regularly with the Mayor's facilitator?

Anonymous said...

Here's a news flash for you! THOUSANDS of hours were spent by city staff on the construction of a FOR-PROFIT baseball stadium for a millionaire. By the way, this is the same millionaire that is building a FOR-PROFIT apartment building.

If you were in favor of this city building a FOR-PROFIT baseball stadium for this guy, then you have no reason to complain when you see the same government helping him build a FOR-PROFIT apartment building.

And, YES, it stinks now and it stunk then! If they got away with it one time they will keep doing it until someone stops them.

Anonymous said...

This is not uncommon in any city that is trying to develop things and better itself.

I would think the city would do the same for anything that was of a higher profile. These things are for profit but they are also providing great benefits to the city and it's citizens as well.

I appreciate you being a voice to make sure we keep lines drawn and things in check.

Could you find something positive to post about for a change. It's hard to take anything seriously when all you post is negativity and rant rant rant.

Anonymous said...

You want to see some rats jump ship? If some arrests come down you gonna see folks selling out there mama to stay outta prison...

Anonymous said...

There is a finer line here. Yes, getting buy in on the project at the highest levels is smart and appropriate. But that's usually a couple of meetings, maybe one on one. or even checking in at critical steps. But not actively sitting on a design committee on their 'turf'.

the city's Wednesday morning meeting is open and encouraged for anyone before and during a development. Its not so much as a 'fast tract' as it is getting or verifying critical information before getting too much expensive design underway and having delays to redo design because it doesn't conform. (hint: architects and engineers don't always have accurate information but the good ones recognize it by going to these meetings) Unfortunately so many don't take advantage of it.

Anonymous said...

Arrests...REALLY!!....Only arrests happening in this town are the ones involving poor minorities in the hood forced to deal cheap dope to survive because they got a lousy education and have no job prospects beyond working at Mickey D's for slave wages.

Anonymous said...

^^@Anonymous^^


Could you find something positive to post about for a change. It's hard to take anything seriously when all you post is negativity and rant rant rant.

The city has three daily/weekly publications/websites that do nothing but write positive fluff pieces. If you don't like what people post here than go read something else since nobody is holding a gun to your head.

Anonymous said...

Blogs like this one add an extra flare of transparency, whether it seems blown out of proportion or not. If you feel like speaking out but are afraid of the consequences due to a small group of GOB's who might have influence on your employment or social status, forums such as this should allow for anyone and everyone to get their say.

However, the blog has to stay accountable for being that anonymous voice. If you put yourself in the public eye, especially if you're a public servant being paid by the people of your community, it's fair game- no matter how ridiculous, off-putting or embarrassing it may be. I want to hear what everyone has to say- dissenting opinion or praise. Let us be adults with the capability of making up our own minds with critical thinking.