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Council Chooses MEDC over Mays & Associates for $280,000 Economic Development Contract

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Thursday night the Monticello City Council accepted the bid of the Monticello Economic Development Commission, better known as the MEDC, of $280,617 for economic development services to the city over P.F. Mays & Associates, LLC’s bid of $264,000.

The problem for that decision, (which has no correct answer) comes back to the way the contract was advertised in its legal annoumcement.

Holiday Dumpsters

Friday, November 28th, 2014

trash bag 2Due to the holiday season, the City of Monticello has annoumced that dumpsters will be located at the Fire Station on Wood street and at McCloy Park for extra trash.

Tornado Siren Installation Underway

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

imageTornado sirens are currently being installed in the Monticello area, including the show areas near the library, hospital, and Old Troy Road water tower.image

imageA total of 18 sirens will be installed, most on their own self-standing towers.image

In response to many resident’s questions, The sirens will be tested weekly (silently), and audibly tested monthly or quarterly.


Tear in Pool Liner Tops Parks Agenda – $100,000+ ?

Monday, November 17th, 2014

imageThe city park committee met last week, and discussed several items, including the details of the tear in the liner of the city pool.

The tear is believed to have been caused by water from the fill-lines leaking behind the liner.

The estimated cost of the repairs is not know, but similar repairs cost $268,000 in 2007.  Although the liner’s warranty is pro-rated, it has been several years since it was installed.


Gibson’s Latest Letter to Siemens, “State Police Polygraphs,” Warranties, & Potential Lawsuit

Friday, November 7th, 2014

cliff gibsonAttorney Cliff Gibson wrote a response letter to Siemens, in response to their recent reply to his last letter, in reference to the manyquestion about a wide range of issues and legaalites in the city’s water project, being contracted with their company.

Here is a summary of Gibson’s letter. (The unedited letter, along with the response letter from Siemens are posted in PDF form, below)
Letter to Siemens Legal Counsel

Response Letter from Siemens’ Legal Counsel

Dear Mr. Shamash: (attorney for Siemens)

Tornado Siren Locations Announced

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The Monticello City Council met Tuesday evening, and discussed locations of the weather warnig sirens, passed a resolution authorizing the use of city property for the placement of weather warning sirens, and approved money to pay for the City’s Code Red weather warning system.


Gibson Hires Engineer for Siemens Water Woes

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

city hallLocal attorney Cliff Gibson, recently hired by the City Council to deal with the depths of confusion involved in the $10,000,000 water improvement project with Siemens, has hired an engineer to work on the project with him.

Attached is the letter he sent to the City Council members.

Also included in the letter were the selected firm’s vitae and list of qualifications.

Dear Mayor Rogers and Members of the City Council:
Consistent with your engagement of our Firm, I have reviewed the qualifications of the City’s regular engineering firm, (more…)

Summary of Gibson’s Letter to Siemens

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

imageOn October 22, 2014, Cliff Gibson, the attorney hired by the City Council to represent the City of Monticello in their contract concerns with Siemens Industry, Inc. (Siemens), issued a letter to Siemens, outlining the City’s concerns.

The letter is addressed to Mr. Tony Ardillo. The following is a summary of that letter.


Gibson’s Letter to Siemens Over Breach of Water Contract, Not Bonding Project, & Other Issues

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Cliff Gibson

Cliff Gibson at City Council Meeting

October 22, 2014

Dear Mr. Ardillo:

Our firm has been retained by the City of Monticello (City) relative to problems being experienced with the referenced Contract and the performance of Siemens Industry, Inc. (Siemens) thereunder. We write you now in behalf of the City.

Siemens’ Failure to Provide Legally Required Contractor Performance and Payment Bonds.


Gibson’s Letter to City about Siemens Contract Fiasco

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

imageDear Mayor Rogers and Members of the City Council:

In response to the request of the City of Monticello to retain our Firm to provide legal assistance regarding the referenced matter, we advise that our Firm would be pleased to again be of assistance to the City and note that such continues the tradition of our Firm providing legal services to the City that dates back to and includes the administrations of Mayors Anderson, Rogers (first term), and Maxwell.

City Council Hears Public Complaints about Godfrey Ditch & Creekwood Creek Flooding Homes – Considers City Cleaning Out Drainage Ditches – Video

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

City Attorney Whit Barton addressed the City council, Tuesday evening, about the problem of creeks flooding in Monticello.

Mr. Barton stated he was asked last week whether the City can clean out ditches on private property. He responded that the answer is no, but under the right circumstances they can. If a creek or ditch is a significant part of the City’s drainage system, then it can be cleared by the City.


Siemens History of Complaints & Lawsuits, as Documented on the Web

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Following Thursday night’s City Council meeting, with some questions being answered, and many more not being answered; it seems that the internet was a popular plance for many local residents to go and search for Siemens’ (the company who is intalling our new water meters and will install an estimated 45-93 miles of underground water lines) history.  Many of those who did so, forwareded their information to MLive.

Wikipedia describes Siemens in several aspects, including their contoversial history, as shown here.

Listed below are some of the other credible, documented allegation about Siemens.
Siemens in McComb, MS – Federal Court to hear Meter Lawsuit
Siemens in Jackson, MS – “Water Meters Still Worry Council Members”
Siemens Facing Pending Lawsuits in Chicago for Water System Failure
Siemens Facing Lawsuit in Sacramento
Siemens Paid $1.34 Billion in Fines – New York Times

Although these only cover a few of the wide range of products and services that Siemens offer, there is certainly enough “smoke” to be looking for “fires” to erupt.

Splash Pad Opens at 1 pm, Today

Friday, June 6th, 2014

padThe Jordan Park splash pad will open at 1:00, today.

The city pool opened last week, but due to filter and plumbing issues, the splash pad opening was postponed until today.

$124,000 Water Tank Foundation Repair

Friday, May 30th, 2014

imageWork is nearly complete replacing the foundation around the feet of the Burlington water tank.
Another layer of re-bar was added (above the layer show here), and concrete added for stability.

In late April, after considerable discussion, the Monticello City Council approved an amendment to the City’s contract with Utility Service Group to repair and reinforce the foundation of the Burlington water tower. The amount of this contract amendment is $124,200.  This is added to the $476,000 contract with Utility Service Group to do needed initial repairs on the city’s water towers, and then be responsible for on-going maintenance of the water towers.


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