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December 22, 2010


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Mercado and Kilpatrick claimed lots of capital expenditure was needed. Money for pipes, cso basins, failure of mains,etc.

They claimed increasing demand for water demanded more building and investment.

This was a scam.

The demand is decreasing. Mercado and Kilpatrick wanted rate increases every year and increased the spending to private contracts.

Yes, the dept should build certain projects.

Be warned though, private companies like to get work from the water dept and sometimes that work is not needed.

Proper emphasis on good maintenance and operations that support conservation and efficiency will benefit all ratepayers.

Regionalization is more politicians that bring no value to the table just more bid rigging.

We could build anaerobic digesters and use the byproduct,methane, to make electricity. Thats a project that the public should consider.

We should understand that Kilpatrick and Mercado got rid of folks like the camera crew that inspected mains for problems.

They wanted catastrophic failure so they could bid the contracts.

The federal oversight undermined our ability to scrutinize management of DWSD. Judge Feikens fought FOIA requests and relied too much on Mercado and IMG.

More transparency and public oversight,less backroom deals and bid rigging is needed. Regionalization will undermine that process.

DWSD's northern-customer rates spiraled upward during the Kilpatrick/Ferguson/Mercado period. Mr. Jeff Wright, Genesee County Drain Commissioner, paid Mr. Sam Riddle to "negotiate" with Mr. Mercado for ~ two years, while Mr. Wright openly prepared and lobbied for establishment of Karegnondi Water Authority--managed by himself--to replace DWSD as supplier of water to DWSD's northern customers. What was Mr. Wright asking Mr. Mercado to do...lower rates, which would have undercut Mr. Wright's argument for Karegnondi that DWSD rates would only go up? Or was Mr. Riddle helping to assure that DWSD's rates *increased*?

And, the indictment alleges that Mr. Mercado did business on a pay-to-play basis. Where did Mr. Riddle get the pay-to-play funds, and how would that funds source have benefitted from whatever Mr. Riddle actually was to achieve?

Karegnondi proposes to buy a lot of property and issue a lot of contracts to build a pipeline from Lake Huron to Genesee County. Mr. Wright would control that project.

Where there's smoke there's fire, and it's very smoky around the Karegnondi project and Genesee County these days.

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