There have been events in Mandeville, in the past year that motivated us to bring this site up to date. Scroll down.
March 25, 2012
The good news is that three of the four non politicians that ran for council positions won office. There will be more to be said later on the mayors race. We made a statement on the council page that Randy Russell was Jerry Coogan's attorney, that was an assumption, when all we really knew was that he was the agent for Jerry's
Hardware store filing. We strive to only place truthful facts on the website, and wish to make that clear.
March 30, 2012 the first circuit court of appeal denied Mayor Villere's motion to quash a subpoena for a second deposition in the state ethics board investigation into the charges made by the board for distributing untruthful information about his opponent in his 2010 campaign. This is page 8 of that decision and the complete
document is here.
The council voted on a resolution to hire the city engineer to perform inspection work for the pedestrian bridge
last fall. The city engineers contract with the city states that he will be paid $150 per hour to perform inspections.
The pedestrian bridge construction contract calls for the work to be completed in six months, which means that
the inspections to ensure the work meets the codes and construction documents and to certify the construction
draw requests would require at least 6 such inspections. Inspection work is performed by the hour as construction work nearly always requires more inspections as the work progresses. An average inspection for a bridge should
not take more than a few hours, so if you were to triple the estimate for this work it could be as much as $9000.
The resolution voted on did not specify the amount, due obviously to the engineers contract with the city. We made
a record request to inspect engineering fees, and this project was not given to us. We asked about it and the
city clerk then went and got the contract from his office. The contract clearly states a " Lump Sum " fee of
$80,000 to perform the inspections, for 6 months. This was signed by the Mayor on October 28, 2011. This is
almost what is paid to the head of the public works department for a year, and the salary for that position is
45% more than the average paid to other cities in Louisiana of comparable size. Hopefully with the new council taking office in July this gross mis management of our tax dollars can be curtailed.
October 14, 2013
The city of Mandeville has one of the highest tax rates in the state. Our property taxes and sales taxes should be lowered as per the recommendation the Mayor's citizens finance committee report of June 14, 2012. That report has been stuffed by the administration due to the embarrassing facts and recommendations made by educated and informed citizens. The current council is starting work on a rededication of those tax rates for next year. Mandeville has a surplus of 17 million dollars and growing in the worse recession since WWII. This report has been edited by the administration. Notice that Mandeville does not have a fire department, that is supplied by the Parish.
Take the fire department figures out of the other towns and and recalculate the figures and Mandeville then becomes the highest spender
The lot resubdivision for this townhome project located at the Mandeville Trailhead was denied by the zoning commission in July. The project is nothing more than a repeat of what has already been built. click on this pdf file to view the site.
The zoning commission was told that a precedent would be set as to density in Mandeville if they were to approve the resubdivision of the lots into 3 townhome lots, as two of the lots were less than 3000 square feet. The problem with that was that a precedent was set in 2005 and 2006 in the towncenter zoning, when two lots that were less than 3000 square feet were approved. The lot at 629 was approved for Trailhead Units LLC in 2005.
The one in 2006 for M L Waller's duplex apartment. The 3000 square foot rule dictated the number of residential units allowed on the lot. The mixed use Lafitte Condominiums has 4 residential units. The square footage rule would only allow 3.72 units. The duplex apartment lot has a total square footage of 2944.5 which would allow only one unit. Playing this shell game by adding both lots owned by Trailhead units as one would allow only 4.68. There are 5 residential units total.
The letter was hand delivered to the city for delivery to Mr. Dennis Thomas chairman of the Planning board and a receipt signed by the receptionist on a Tuesday morning. There was a zoning meeting that evening, but Mr. Thomas never received the letter. Another letter was sent addressed to both Mr Nixon Adams, chairman of the zoning board and Mr. Thomas chairman of the
planning commission and a receipt signed for by the city receptionist. This letter from Ms. Kidd was received the following saturday reinterating that the only avenue for appeal was court
In the public record audio tapes of that meeting, Mr. Adams, Ms Kidd, and Mr. Clark, attempt to show why the facts should " not " be allowed to be discussed on the record.
Those tapes are too large to post on this site. The tapes also reveal that the advertisement for the meeting was written incorrectly, which effectively voided the meeting
and any vote by the board to do anything. The advertisement was written by the city attorney. The city attorney also mentioned in these tapes, that there were issues in the
CLURO appeal process that were in violation of state law. This denial of the lot resubdivision to build these townhomes and the manipulation of the zoning board by the
administration is just another example of the blatant anti growth agenda in Mandeville by the administration. They don't need to promote Old Mandeville as they are sitting
on a large surplus in this recession and do not want any visitors or new residents. The Mandeville trailhead was dedicated in 2000 and after nearly 14 years the only change
has been the addition of the parking lot on Lafitte St north of the bike trail since then. The " Towncenter " zoning was originally conceived to drive out the light construction
at the trailhead ( the millwork building & Swimming pool business ) Both of those properties have been for sale for years now. The " Mayor " has stated on many occasions that he did not think it was good for Mandeville to acquire these properties and finish the public green square that would result around the bike trail. So we will have an abandoned building and Pool business with maintenance yard for years to come , until the coming inflation begins that will be necessary to offset the last 5 years of the government printing money. Then these properties would best be developed as more housing as the increase in land values would make it much more feasible than selling. The irony in that is that it is in direct conflict with the attempt to control density by refusing the resubdivision of the lots for the three townhomes.
November 13, 2013
This story on the front page of the Times Picayune today.
The most amazing part of this story is that the Mayor of Mandeville is the only individual at city hall that has been charged with an ethics violation concerning false advertising in the election to replace the former Eddice Price. No where is this fact mentioned. He won that by 3 votes and has refused to respond to a subpoena by the ethics board for a second deposition. He has taken that all the way to the state supreme court and lost. The new website has also been changed to make it more difficult to make record requests. Its a continuance of the smoke and mirrors of non transparency by this administration.
This is one of the many stories on the mayor's ethics.