A “Drone Racing Park” is being set up at Jim Creek with little to no Public Process

This item is on the agenda of tonight's MSB Assembly meeting.  It is an ANNOUNCEMENT not an item to be discussed and voted on.   The MSB Manager & Community Development Department are announcing that they are going to allow former MSB Assembly member Stephen Colligan's group - the Alaska Drone Racing League - to… Continue reading A “Drone Racing Park” is being set up at Jim Creek with little to no Public Process

The never-ending “Long Range Transportation Plan”

The MSB's "Long Range Transportation Plan" goes on and on and on and on.  And so does work for the contractor(s). This item is on the agenda of the May 21st MSB Assembly Meeting.  The MSB Planning Division wants to set aside another $171,000 (from unused Dept funds) for transportation planning.  What this generally means… Continue reading The never-ending “Long Range Transportation Plan”

Got Ethics? (Or that time in 2016 when the MSB signed a consulting contract with a sitting Assembly member)

An Informational Memorandum IM 19-097 (with attachments) informing the Assembly of an FY2017 contract (Contract #17-011P) that the MSB signed (in December 2016) with (then sitting) Assembly Member Stephen Colligan for IT consulting services is on the agenda of the upcoming May 21st Assembly meeting. IM 19-097 Better late than never? Why wasn't the Assembly… Continue reading Got Ethics? (Or that time in 2016 when the MSB signed a consulting contract with a sitting Assembly member)

The “Throne of Power”

Yes, the MSB actually used this terminology to refer to the Manager's office in an Information Memorandum a couple of years ago. IM No. 17-121 was issued to justify Ordinance 17-086.  This ordinance moved Purchasing from the Capital Projects Department to the Manager's Office.  Previously, Purchasing came under the purview of the Finance Dept. Moving… Continue reading The “Throne of Power”

What is wrong with tap water?

I sent the following email to the Mat-Su Assembly members this morning: Hello All, I noticed these BID solicitation documents on the MSB website today.  Supply and Deliver Bottled Water to all the MSB buildings.  So much bottled water - esp. for the Dorothy Swanda Jones building. The estimated cost is not listed but apparently,… Continue reading What is wrong with tap water?

FSA Accounting & MSB management Problems

Instead of adding to the previous post (FSA Independent Audit), here is a separate post about the events that led up to the FSA boards requesting an audit in 2016. These FSA meeting minutes from the fall of 2015 and early 2016 are truly astonishing. Money was moved from FSA funds to general funds.  The… Continue reading FSA Accounting & MSB management Problems