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Letter: Decisions of leaders should be questioned

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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am

I realize City Hall is very efficient in explaining its concept of an emergency, and how the Lodi City Council, although very intelligent in its own right, have no mechanical ability and little knowledge of the procedures involved in the fabrication of two digester rooftops, nor the cost of labor and material for such a project, and therefore why they could approve $3.1 million expenditure without question.

I understand how the council can be manipulated into believing there is no alternative but to declare this an emergency.

I have a background in process flow control, maintenance and fabrication of equipment replacement.

I know procedures could have been put in place as a temporary fix, which would have allowed replacement of these rooftops without this project being declared an emergency.

The maintenance crew could have applied a sealer to the roof top to seal the holes, welded metal plates or put patches over the holes. There also could have been arrangements made to divert the bio-solids the system couldn’t process into a pile, and after the rooftops were replaced, reintroduced back in the system.

My concern is, the council was elected to represent the people and the city manager. Employees of the city work for the people, and as such need to be diligent in preserving the assets of the city.

It makes good management to question our leaders. If we want good leaders and for good management we have to question the decisions of our leaders.

John Slaughterback


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  • Steve Schmidt posted at 9:16 am on Sun, Aug 31, 2014.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2677


  • John Slaughterback posted at 10:29 am on Thu, Aug 28, 2014.

    musttry Posts: 14

    The digesters at Lodi’s wastewater treatment plant, are large cylinder storage tanks, which measure about 20 feet in diameter, and in appearance, look like silos. They have a flat metal roof, with inlet value and pipes attached.
    The digester’s goal is to convert organic solids to more inert forms so they can be handled or used as soil conditioner without causing health hazards.
    You can also use your computer, and on your search engine type in
    ( wastewater digester tanks)

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 7:05 am on Wed, Aug 27, 2014.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2677

    What is a "digester roof top"?


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