Every time there is a change order for one of the NSP house’s I am surprised not sure why and I shouldn’t be after seeing and hearing what I have in the past two years.. Yet again at the June 14 city council meeting (Change Orders) from CEDD Director Amen for 5975 Silvery Lane, 4160 Lincoln, 8436 Colonial, 8273 Silvery Lane, and 4903 Lincoln. In the thousand of dollars why? Council approved them do they have a choice? NO, if they do not approve then the work stops and a house half-finished sits.
Director Amen has inherited this program along with the many screw ups the biggest is the fact that the specs were not done right from the beginning and the city is paying the price for all of it.. This all at a time when the city is in a deficit budget and strapped for money. More money has to be spent from the general fund and cross you fingers and wait around for it to come back.. We have all seen just how long it takes to get the money back.. When was the last time someone took a look at when money came back from the state? When was the last time someone asked how much is out standing waiting to be paid back?
This is like a lot of things that happen in this city “something is started and then not followed through.”.That is what one council member told me this week. The NSP program has fallen to the wayside with the many, many other issues the city is trying to deal with. Just when they (the council) get one fire out there is another one started.. The NSP is over budget all administration cost will come out of the general fund as of several months ago.. Any work that the third-party administration company is, or will do on the NSP their invoices will be paid from the general fund and the State will not reimburse the city for those expenses.. Most of you are well aware that the city can spend up to 10% of the total amount of the grant on administering it..That 10% was spent long ago.. This is only the beginning with the news a month or so ago about the house with all the water damage that none of these people saw. This house is 90% gone according to the then NSP program manager. Not to worry the four corners are left on the house. The city is going to pay to rebuild a whole new house and nothing can be done about it..
Well I am asking for one of the council members to please find out how much we are out and waiting for the state to pay back. I would also ask you to find out for all of us how much has been paid back to the city? Have either of the two homes completed sold? If they did for how much? I would call one of the council members, but I do not want to bother any of them.. So if any of you are reading this please drop us a line and give us the latest information about this program..