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 work being invoiced to government bodies and not really being done. Is there a Statute of Limitation with fraud? 14 years later comparing the 2 documents with a series of change orders , we find this:

This is the newest document that was submitted to the Department of Treasury for the 2018 bond.

2018

Both documents are not drawn “to scale” ,and the drawings are not in scale to each other, but one thing is clear when superimposing the 2018 drawing over the 2004; the stage did not change in size.

With the money spent on this renovation reflected in the change orders, you would think there would have been a significant size change…..

 

2004

Superimposed images…newest on the top:

Here are the original monthly change order summaries relating to the Wyandot stage:

 

 

 

 

 

Putting these contractor’s contract changes in time line spread sheet looks like this:

-Note the word “enlarge” used on almost every listed change order and is certainly’ boiler plated’* here.

* See Fraud watch to find the definition of ‘boiler plated’.

1.Was there an original contract to enlarge the stage and who was it primarily awarded to and for how much?

2.Why would stage work take place during the time school was in session, January 2007?

 

3.Why would the Architect submit a plan to the  Michigan Treasury showing the stage was going to be made smaller, for “storage” and “stage storage remodeled  into a cafeteria corridor”, yet these change orders show it was enlarged?

4. 35$ K in drywall [enough to drywall 2- 3,000 square foot homes], and 40$ K for electrical work [ that is a lot of copper.] What area was taken away from to enlarge the stage?

5.Why the gap in time of 7 months and a change order for demolition AND additional foundation and masonry work come at the ‘end’ of the project?

Like the potentially fake sewer change orders, are looking at a case of stage fraud?

More to come…..

 

 

 

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Bond -a -POOOL00ZA!!

August 24, 2018 · 0 comments

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 yourself. Then again, why waste your gas. Anything of importance is being discussed way in the back of the building.

I predict this:$ 7-8 million will be spent where parents can ” see it”, with much of that going out to the same contractors in the form of change orders, and Barton Malow;  the remaining $90 million will be split into 6 payments to pay the minimum on the debt for about 6 years.

Any adjustment to the economy downward will result in our mills being raised. I would not be surprised to be eventually paying 10 mills. At the current rate the debt will never be paid off.

Let’s hope the taxpayers get the “safe and secure buildings” (and other fluff  they were promised).

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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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Safety and Security Letter to Parents

August 21, 2018

“School safety is Important”. Certainly, but in this letter to parents, they state that their “Security analysis found the district has kept up with security and safety best practices”.  They just negated their entire claim of needing 97 million dollars because the schools are unsafe. “If passed this proposal would not cost you one extra penny”. The […]

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