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

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

imageOctober 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.


Interim Mayor Appointed, Special Election Set for June 24 – Video

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

The Monticello City Council opened their monthly meeting by appointing City Clerk Andrea Chambers as President Pro Tem, to serve as Chairman and Presiding Officer over the meeting. As the County Clerk, and in accordance with established protocol, Ms. Chambers had already assumed the powers of the Mayor, following the death of the Honorable Mayor Allen Maxwell on March 10, 2014.


Water System Groundbreaking Ceremony – Video

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony was used as an occaision to begin the new improvment to city water service, move into the “electronic age”, with remote meter reading, and also a tribute to Mayor Allen Maxwell, who died last week. Many of Mayor Maxwell’s family members took part in Monday’s ceremony.

“Our Place’ for Ward 2 – Videos, with Public Coments

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The City of Monticello held their first of four “Our Place” town hall meetings, Thursday night, hosted by assistant to the Mayor for planning, Zach Tucker.

A total of 9 folks attended the meeting, 4 from the TEA party,  Tucker, a county employee from Ward 2, and 2 city hall staff, who were signing in attendees (both live in Ward 2), MLive.

The 40 minute presentation dealt with planning and vision concepts.

The discussion, which lasted over an hour, was unexpectedly open to all.  The TEA party members and MLive, as well as others made the most of the opportunity to discuss the “SWOT” (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) to our area.

A wide range of topics were discussed, ranging from (more…)

Weather Warnings – Judge & JPs Meet with Mayor & More from City – Audio

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

In the next step of the ongoing weather warning saga between Code Red electronic notification and the traditional tornado warning sirens on towers, a discussion meeting was held at Western Sizzlin at noon on Monday, with Judge Robert Akin and the Drew County JP’s, who invited Monticello Mayor Allen Maxwell and other city officials he chose to include.


Business Owner Addresses “Long Period” Parking on the Square to City Council

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

At the City Council’s Tuesday evening meeting, a local business owner asked the Council to pass an ordinance setting time limits for parking on the square.

The business owner requested an ordinance be passed, and signs installed, limiting parking to an unspecified number of hours, so that parking space can be more readily available for shoppers.


Tornado Sirens vs. Code Red Digital & Phone Emergency Notification – on Quorum Court Agenda, Tonight

Monday, February 17th, 2014

code red zzz siren

After several years of attempting to get governmental assistance to help fund tornado sirens for Drew County, we’ve finally got funding to assist with the purchase of 27 tower sirens, which will be scattered around the county.

But as the years have passed by, many feel that the towers have been surpassed by digital technology, as the best way to go, to notify county residents of impending disanter, should it occur.


“State of the City” – Video

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Posted below is the “2014 State of the City Report” as submitted by Mayor Allen Maxwell.



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