OK. Another spreadsheetdrywall. I’ve extensively covered the odd ordering of  change orders  in the  enlarging of the Wyandot stage in “All the World’s a stage” blog. Here are a few pics of the Wyandot Middle school stage. The pictures are a bit fuzzy, but these walls are block. The change order underlined in Blue on the spreadsheet states”additional drywall”, meaning there was more placed somewhere; where is this 35 K in drywall?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage; Back wall of stage; we can assume there is also block behind the black curtain.

 

 

 

Also interesting are the March and April entries marked  in green “cover existing walls with extra layer of drywall, and changed  up a bit to” Install drywall over existing classroom walls.  $16, 094 worth of drywall. Every classroom I’ve been in for about the last 20 years has had block walls. Anyone who is familiar with the East Detroit (Pointe) school scandal knows they claimed to be” putting drywall over block walls”. That’s one of the ways they were caught. If you are unfamiliar with the case, it’s found here:

https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-6th-circuit/1143556.html

Coming soon –Duplicate C/O’s.

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Full House Flushers

March 15, 2019 · 0 comments

Full House: Three cards of the same suit, and two cards of a different suit.

Full House

Flush: Five cards of the same suit.

Flush

Now that we will begin to spend another $97 million dollars on “projects”[this time with a “check register ” found around here somewhere eventually -https://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/our-district/safe-schools-strong-schools/building-improvement-list to show us where the money is being spent], it’s timely to look at past  change orders showing work that was performed at various sites.

Plumbing work done by Contrast Mechanical Company. As before, no alleging that this company is involved should there proven to be fraud here. Their company name is on these particular change order summaries. I am also aware fixtures need replacing  after many years.

Laid out in a spread sheet change orders showcasing flushers and spuds at Chippewa Valley show some interesting things.

American Standard 6047.161 Manual Flush Valve For Toilets, 1.6 PF $122.00

1.5 in. Brass Inlet Spud for Toilet and UrinalAmerican Standard 1.5 in. Brass Inlet Spud for Toilet and Urinal$11.62

Let’s break it down:

1.) Notice  Three -of – a – kind number 2 Change orders for Contrast Mechanical. As noted before, these usually run 1,2,3,4,5 etc. Someone must have lost track of numbering

2.)  $55,082 total  in flush valves in these 2 months change orders and we can assume labor is included. So if we assume  about 1/3 = $20,000 was for labor, that would leave roughly $35,082 worth of parts at $122.00 each= 287 flushers installed. Are there that many toilets at CV  high school in total?

3.) Spuds. Why wouldn’t they be included with the flush valve install? The $11.62 part. $8,439 worth. Figure 1/3 labor so $5,626 in spuds is 484 spuds…. more spuds than flush valves.

4) Urinals…… no longer sold by the manufacturer. Huh? why would we need to know this . More Boiler plating.

This is a great  place for fraud to go on. Who would ever know if these valves were ever  electronic in the first place? Who pays attention to how the toilets or urinals flush?

If this work was really done ( I am beginning to wonder if these are fake; the descriptives for these change orders are hilarious) are we getting the best deal with our tax dollars in this no bid after contract process?

What are the odds we’ll be paying out millions in change orders with the new bond Money? Knowing the history of change orders in this district,  I’ll bet we will.

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Manthey Farm purchase and Bond money discussion

February 5, 2019

Macomb Daily Article 2-11-2019 tells of some of the history of the Mantheys, and my quote at the end. https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macombdaily.com%2Fnews%2Flocal%2Fcouple-leaves-acres-of-farmland-to-chippewa-valley-schools%2Farticle_f266530c-2d75-11e9-8207-f739a4aa935f.html%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2ude0VC-HWOeLBzGIQPLIvlWDRKhx-MYQNn4_zi0tA6eeNRszyY3rzkTI&h=AT2-LslnkCm-Pd4X4w9qSEWvVu5yP_jjzDL1HMEiN6XMBzzjxVqXnu8QrrCQKifd5-ludnoJH-0hKd-WNV73990q8V06Tmbtf4AUMqEkNfUihCttwuuo-Ry24jUSZUGw3l17aRyAkFHX6-iebzDH47zsd4OoWpBlIZn4VlOt I taped the 2-4-2019 board meeting-some rather important parts anyway… gotta love cell phones. If this is so exciting for the Chippewa Valley residents of the district, why not tape and broadcast their meetings? I […]

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Country wide Investigation-using fear to sell school bonds

January 30, 2019

  Chippewa Valley is not alone. I am quoted in this Real Clear investigations report about School districts around the country using fear of potential violence to sell bonds.     By Steve Miller, RealClearInvestigations The Chippewa Valley school district in suburban Detroit didn’t retreat in 2017 after voters overwhelmingly defeated its proposal to borrow […]

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All the World’s a (Wyandot) Stage.

December 12, 2018

UPDATE: NEW Document- A line taken from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”. The Wyandot Middle School stage was the focus of quite a few change orders in July 2006 and again in January 2007 relating to it’s “enlargement”. Roughly $253,000 in change orders.Why are these questions still  relevant years later? There have been  recent instances  of […]

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Bond -a -POOOL00ZA!!

August 24, 2018

We have now added $97 million dollars to the existing $477 million dollar debt. We will await the promised website to track the “spending”. Forget viewing the meetings. They will never do it themselves. You  have to get in your car and ride down Cass. Ave. to the board office to see  the meeting for […]

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SAFE SCHOOLS STRONG SCHOOLS PROPOSAL *NEW* NOW $477 million reasons to vote NO!

August 23, 2018

Let’s look at the 2018 Audit by Plant Moran of Chippewa Valley finances: A $ 35 million dollar difference from when the Ballot was prepared. November 6th 2018 ballot proposal $442 million dollars of debt.       An article from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.   https://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/59-percent-say-no-to-school-tax-hike-18-months-later-its-back [One parent was bothered that Chippewa Valley requested that […]

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If this Bond Does Not Pass…Education will still go on……..

August 22, 2018

What happens if the 2018 Chippewa Valley bond does not pass? We will still have safe and strong schools. Here’s why: The Michigan 2019 K-12 School Aid Budget just passed includes a funding increase of between $120 and $240 per student. This budget also sets aside $58 million for school safety.  This includes money for […]

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MI DEPT OF TREASURY (didn’t want us to know)

August 20, 2018

Why would the Michigan Department of Treasury want to keep the Chippewa Valley bond application a secret from the voters for 4 months? They denied 2 of my Freedom of Information Act requests  while they had a document fitting the description of my request in their possession.The Treasury has done the voters of this district a […]

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It’s Going to Be an Epic [MRA] year.

April 3, 2018

An Epic year. November 2017 something interesting happened. I received a phone call from a research firm inviting me to an event. It was to test if voters would support a bond (or repackaged as a sinking fund) if placed on the November 2018 ballot.       I scoured the meeting minutes looking for any discussions […]

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Out of Order Change Orders Part II ~Fire pumps Plural

January 22, 2018

More spread sheets arranged by Company and Site[ Again, Not alleging any wrongdoing by any named Companies; just asking questions] This company has many change orders out of sequence ; duplicate numbers: 2 –#6’s, 2-7’s,2- 8’s, 2-9’s           The  electrical company in the following spread sheet has one major change order out of […]

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Seneca Middle School Storm Piping [ Drain Commission Vs DPW ]

January 11, 2018

  Back in late 2008 after spotting this Change order in the December 2005  summary, a change ordered by the “Drain Commission” for the sum of $ 55,470.00, I submitted a standard FOIA to the DPW (AKA drain commission) looking for the name of the inspector and any other info on this.   I received […]

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Dirt and Pipes

December 10, 2017

Dirt: It seems some of the 2004  bond project sites had really bad dirt; unstable and improper. One would think soil testing would have gone on by the engineering firm/Barton Malow before any project was begun. Boiler plated  language is really apparent here on this spreadsheet: BadDirt   ———————————————————————– Pipes:Change orders relating to gas pipe on top of […]

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O-O-O- Extra Manholes-O-O-O

November 16, 2017

Extra manholes. Did we pay for one extra of each highlighted size?  The contract was between the Department of Public works and the named company with Chippewa Valley listed as the developer.     supporting documents.  

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Out of Order Change Orders

November 10, 2017

Just asking questions and my Disclaimer: In no way do my comments/observations  posted on these informational spreadsheets allege or accuse the companies listed of any wrongdoing. These spreadsheets consist of company specific change orders pulled from the monthly  summaries approved by the CV board. We can assume the numbers to the immediate left of the change […]

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7 Reasons Why Not.

September 15, 2017

It seems ‘bond’ was the very last topic discussed during the (Board Workshop) meeting that took place on August 14, 2017. The minutes . Is the plan to come back for less money (say 65 million, so it sounds less expensive) in February, 2018 when they think the voters aren’t watching? The glossy flyer sent out pre- election by the […]

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Back to Business

May 4, 2017

Thanks to all who got out to vote. Now that the May 2, 2017 tax increase has been overwhelmingly defeated, we can get back to the business of tracking where some of the 1/2 billion dollars has gone. Even with every tactic the school board and administrators threw at this proposal, the savvy voters still weren’t buying […]

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2017 BOND PROJECT SHEETS a.k.a.Dream a little ($89 million) Treasury dream…..

February 4, 2017

NEW!  READ the Tuesday May 2, 2017 Ballot HERE:       CVBallot52017 It  has very precise wording as mandated by a change in the law that happened  based on Chippewa Valley’s bad borrowing practices. Financial experts have crunched the numbers  The .5 mills will not be enough to pay off the $ 89 million dollars on […]

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$472 Million Reasons to Vote No………..

January 22, 2017

      The Chippewa Valley school district in Clinton Township, Michigan, has a $472 million debt, and has spent $257 million dollars in the last 12 year for “construction” and “tech “updates. Now Chippewa Valley Schools wants to borrow $89 million more  and stick it to the taxpayers yet again. They want to hold a general- […]

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Tell RON No BOND

November 29, 2016

UPDATE :  The Chippewa Valley school board has just voted YES  on the Resolution to Approve Application for Preliminary Qualification of Bonds. Here are two sets of documents relating to the current bond proposal and previous bonds: 1.) These show that they will  borrow [ scan0026] $31,543,200 from the State, and other various financial documents. Will they shop for […]

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