Observations and musings on Jacksonville Politics

Bad Economy Could be Good for Trail Ridge Landfill

One good thing for the Trail Ridge Landfill has come out of the bad economy: less trash is being disposed of at the landfill. (See the latest Council Auditor’s quarterly summary report – click on Report #661 on the Council Auditor’s web page).   As it turns out, the bad economy could bring about another good result. 

While Mayor Peyton thinks he has the best deal he can get to expand and run Trail Ridge landfill, the bad economy could turn out to be good for the Trail Ridge contract as well – if City Council puts it out to bid.   Sarasota County just found that out for themselves with their proposed landfill expansion. (The Sarasota County landfill is projected to run out of space in the next year to year-and-a half.) 

“Not only are the bids coming in at lower amounts, but we are getting more bids,” says Commissioner Jon Thaxton.  Original estimates put the cost at more than $24 million, but because of the decline in the economy those prices have dropped [to $18.5 million].  The county was unable to find any local suitors to do the work.  The job will go to a North Carolina company.  Only a small portion will go to local workers.  “While we do want to emphasize the need for local contractors, we are not going to pay excessive money to get there.  That would be counterproductive and not good stewards of the tax payers money.”

Btw, Sarasota County was able to extend the life of their landfill by three years with an aggressive recycling program.

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John Peyton SPAMS Jacksonville

A strange phenomenon occurred in Jacksonville last week. It certainly wasn’t the first time this type of incident had happened, but this time it was on a scale not seen before. Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton culled the Inboxes and Sent Messages of City Hall employees in a desperate bid to collect enough e-mail addresses to guarantee four or five new converts to his efforts to ram a no-bid contract through the City Council. Despite his efforts to SPAM voters into submission, the effort appears to have been an absolute failure. Of the five City Council members who allow public access to their Inboxes, only one Council member received the forwarded Peyton e-mail from a voter who backed the Mayor. Even then, the endorsement was less than ringing.

The harsher reality is that Peyton’s flirtation with the legal boundaries of spamming appears to have backfired. By contacting everyone who had ever e-mailed any City employee for any reason, the Mayor only ensured that even more people were aware of a deal that voters are overwhelmingly opposed to. Furthermore, the Mayor angered multitudes by flooding their Inboxes with unwanted SPAM, something that will not serve him well as he seeks to build support for an unpopular measure. (For these brilliant Public Relations moves; however, we sincerely thank him.)

But, lest anyone think John Peyton actually typed his own e-mail… Read the rest of this entry »

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