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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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