Friday, January 15, 2010

The road along side my house is being revamped. The road undergoing reconstruction will have an added elevation of two feet which would be highly objectionable for the new height would definitely "submerge" houses that are in level with the old road. A group of concerned homeowners have met and re-met with the office of the city engineers to try and work out a solution to the problem. The thrust of the city engineers were to elevate the road to stop the flooding. Okay now. What about the other streets that would be left out of the new elevation? Uh-oh... that consequence was beyond the brain powers of the city engineers. So! Some qualified homeowners and I decided to give our suggestions and ideas to help out -which generally were not put into use anyway.

By far, the on-going project is the worst managed government project that I have ever seen. The contract has been awarded to a private contractor who has "friends" in the local government. There is no project engineer. There is no construction manager. There is no professional engineer or architect handling the on-going project. A lone foreman is handling the construction and believe it or not, the said foreman used to be in my employ as a house painter!

Every morning, noon and afternoon, I do my rounds. The many laborers and masons on the project are now so intimated of my presence they sort of gradually disappear whenever I go towards them. Wow! But I am a nice person as long as you do your job right. Anyway, as I see it the road rehabilitation is pretty useless. I have told the city engineers to work on the drainage problem first, citywide. Alas, there is more money involved in the road rehabilitation. It is easier to construct too than dredging clogged drainage, rehabilitating collapsed ditches and asking squatters to "please take down your squatting houses off the main drainage levee." Why? Election time is in the offing. Need I say more?

Meantime, I wish I could envelop my house in a shield, akin to an rfi shielding. The noise and racket is just too much!
Posted by desperateblogger On 1/15/2010 08:32:00 AM No comments

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