Mayor Fultz for re election
Posted in the Harrogate Forum
#1 Sep 29, 2010
Citizens of Harrogate
These are the questions we need be asking our current mayor as he runs for a third term. These are very serious concerns. Stand up to him. Don’t let him get away with it anymore
Building the new city hall for $1,000,000
Background – The mayor has signed into an agreement with an architect Jim Adams for construction documents for a million dollar City hall building. The authorization, according to Alderman Lieven Cox Mike Lester was for up to $20,000 for the architectural design , not $70,000 as the contract is written. Furthermore, there exists a contract signed by the Mayor and Jim Adams March 23, 2010 that was never approved or even known about by the city council.
1. What city hall meeting approved the city entering into a million dollar building contract with Jim Adams with you authorizing $70,000 of architectural payments.
2. Who authorized you to sign this contract?
3. Was the city Council and the public made aware of this contract before it was signed?
4. Ask the council member individually if they approved the mayor signing this contract with Jim Adams.
5. What legal advice did you get before you signed it (Mr. Roach, city attorney?)
6. How did you get to the magical number of $1,000,000 for the building before the plans were drawn up thereby giving Mr. Adams 7% or $70,000. Shouldn’t the plans be drawn up before hand before deciding on the price of the building?
7. Did you bid for the architectural services before entering into this contract?
8. Did you ever show all the board members the plans as they were being drawn up?
9. Given the financial condition of our city and the state and federal government, do we really need to spend $1,000,000 for a new city hall Building?
10 Did you have all the funds in place before paying the architect? If not, how did you propose paying for the million dollar building? I want you to be very detailed while I write down your figures. Tell him to take his time
11. Harrogate will have to pay for it through new taxes! And a lot of new taxes!
#2 Sep 29, 2010
Problems with the minutes reflecting approval for the $52,500 already paid to Jim Adams
Background: During the city council meetings in July and August, the approval of $52,500 for payment to Jim Adams, the architect for the City Hall Building # 2 was never seconded or approved. In the July meeting, the official minutes state:
Mayor Fultz called for a motion to approve the financial reports. There was a motion by Charles White to approve the reports. No one seconded the motion but Mike Lester questioned why the city had paid out so much money without going to bid for an architect. It was explained that professional services did not have to go to bid. Then he questioned the payments to the Architect for the city hall building that would accumulate to $52,500 expenses for a building that might not be built. Mayor Fultz explained that the board passed by majority vote to do the design and specs for the building. That amount represented 55% of the 7% architect fee on the estimated $1,000,000 building. Mr. Cox stated that he remembered being told that the cost would be about $20,000. After discussion, the motion failed for lack of a second.
Now in the August minutes, the minutes show that the board approved the Treasury Report and that it passed unanimously. Yet in the actual meeting the Treasury meeting was approved with the exception of the $52,000. Given this gross distortion of the meeting, Mr. Mayor,
1. Who wrote the minutes, you, Rose or both? Any other city council member assists?
2. Did you have any input into writing the minutes with Rose Kiser (ask Rose if Bills answer is correct)
3. Why did you intentionally try to misrepresent the facts of the meeting by showing that the council approved unanimously the $52,500 payment in the August 23, 2010 minutes
4. How many other times are the minutes manipulated to reflect what you want it to say as apposed to what occurred in the meeting and how are we to believe you?
#3 Sep 29, 2010
Problems with building the City Hall #1.
This building was erected by Rob Christian of Christian construction, Bill Fultz and Alderman Charles White, his business partner in Pinnacle Place. He initially receive a bid from Gary Willis for just under $500,000 to put up a large metal building. He rejected this bid and other bids which were over one million dollars and gave it to Rob Christian to build. There are many concerns in this deal such as Workers Compensation Christian not being a license contractor.
1. Was Mr. Rob Christian the contractor for the city hall building #1, and if not, who was?
2. Why was your partner of Pinnacle Development Rob Christian given the contract to build the city hall #1?
3. The contract you signed on June 25, 2007 was with Christian Construction and was to “dig footer and form concrete, install rebar in footer as specified and make ready to pour concrete and to erect 60 x 200 metal building. It was further agreed that the contractor will pour and finish concrete for the 12,000 square foot pad for the VFD/EMS building and form pour and finish concrete for a 6,000 square foot pad to be used for Skateboard Park for a total bid amount of $102,000. The contract also states that the city will furnish all the material, supply, tools, and equipment and the contractor will furnish all the labor and other services necessary for the completion of the project
4. Did the payment to Christian Construction for the labor to construct the city hall bldg #1 and the Skateboard exceed $102,000. If so, than why given there is a contract signed by you and Mr. Christian.
5.$102,000 bid seems exceedingly low. Was this done to give your partner in Pinnacle Development the construction job while keeping out other contractors?
6. Did Rob Christian, your partner in Pinnacle Development, have a valid contractor license at time of the contract signing and during the construction of the building?
7. Did you or anyone else in your administration check to see if he had a valid contractor license in Tennessee?
8. Mr. Rob Christian, your partner in the Pinnacle Development, wrote on his application to the city of Harrogate, that his Tennessee license contractor license was 104252. In doing research with the Tennessee Licensing Board, it was discovered that this number was not assigned to Mr. Rob Christian. In fact, the number was assigned to a cosmetologist Carnell Vann from Memphis, TN. Were you aware of this during the construction phase of the building?
9. According to the records from the State of Tennessee, the license of Christian Construction based in Knoxville, TN was number 276727 and failed to renew on September 30, 2007, shortly after the contract for City Hall and Christian Construction was signed. Were you aware of this?
10. Did Christian Construction Company have Workers Compensation insurance at all times during the construction phase of the city hall building #1 and as was it on file with the city?
11. Do you think its important for a city contractor to carry workman’s compensation on their employees?
12. Is it not a requirement that you verify that all contractors for the city carry workers compensation on their employees.
13. According to the city recorder, you did not have a copy of the workers compensation documents during the construction of city hall #1.
14. What liability and exposure would the city and its residents have if there was a serious injury associated with a worker from Christian Construction with the company having no workers compensation insurance?
15. Do you keep a copy as required by law of all workers compensation documents by all contractors for the city?
#4 Sep 29, 2010
The mayor has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars bringing sewer to two of his residential developments, one owned by him on forge Ridge and another by his relative behind the bowling alley. He did not run one to the 139 bed Tri State Nursing and Rehabilitation home and other businesses that need sewer far worse. Each commercial business would have had to pay $1,200 tap fee which would have gone back into building more sewer lines.
1. Why is that that the city has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring in sewer to your property (Pinnacle Place) on Forge Ridge and to your relatives property behind the bowling alley but not to the nursing home and other business like the Oasis who needed it far worse.
2. How much did you pay personally to bring in the sewer line to your property at Pinnacle Place?(ask to see the cancelled checks on Tuesday before the debate).
3. If the sewer lines would have gone first to Tri State Nursing Home, they would have had to pay $166,800 to the city for tap fees alone. This could have been spent on more sewer lines to more businesses. Wouldn’t have bringing he sewer line to the nursing home and other businesses given the city substantially more money to invest in future line investment?
4. You and Alderman Mr. Charles White are members of the Building and Zoning committee and are both developers and owners in Pinnacle Place development. Did you see any conflicts of interests by voting on issues pertaining to your development in the building and development of Pinnacle place?
5. Has Alderman Charles White filed for bankruptcy or in the process of filing for bankruptcy? If so could this possibly expose your Pinnacle Development, Charles White, Rob Christian, and yourself, as owners, to ongoing bankruptcy proceedings?
6. Do you think that Mr. White Should continue to serve as a City Council Member and a member of the Planning and Zoning committee and do you think that he has the knowledge and experience of making the right financial decisions for the city?
#5 Sep 29, 2010
Questions to Charles White
Background: Mr. White has filed bankruptcy and lost his home in Harrogate and a commercial business in Georgia. He is serving his last term as City Aldeman member and has not chosen to run again for the position.
1. Given your financial condition and are current in bankruptcy, do you think you should be voting on issues relating to finances for the city.
2. You have supported the mayor in the architectural payments to Jim Adams of $52,500 which Given your financial history, do you think you should be voting for this approval?
3. Have you ever voted against any project or financial expenditure that was recommended by Mayor Bill Fultz?
4. Did you see and approve of the contract with Mr. Adams before it was signed March 23, 2010?
5. If so, were you not concerned about the possible waist of city funds?
1. Given your recent financial history, do you really think you should be involved in decisions relating to Harrogate financial planning and expending of city funds?
#6 Sep 29, 2010
Sewer Odor problems.
Background: The reason why most of the sewer pumping stations stink for blocks around and people complain is because there is no capacity, not enough people are contributing to the sewer system to force the pumps to continuously run pushing the raw sewer to Tazewell for treatment there. The reason why there is not enough people on the sewer system is because Fultz ran the sewer lines to his undeveloped developments. If he would have ran it to the nursing home and businesses and kept it in the city proper, the system would work more efficiently and the smell would not have been as big a problem. The system could have expanded later on into the more rural areas.
1. The capacity of the system is being underused because the sewer systems goes to your or your families property and not where its needed the most. Did you anticipate this problem before you decided to run the sewer to your personal property?
3. Do you know what are some of the health side effects of raw sewage backing up and stinking up the area? If not, why not.
4. Since this is an ongoing problem in the city that has not been solved (except by adding perfume to disguise the possibly harmful effects of this sewer), should the EPA be asked to come in and identify what health concerns the citizens of Harrogate might be exposed to?
5. What do you think the smell from the holding tanks do to the property valuations of all neighboring properties?
#7 Sep 29, 2010
nancy most of your post is very right, as to the sewer being ran to mayors family, and his developments. the plans for the sewer where developed years ago while dr. day was mayor. the plans were to be carried out in phases, the phase goind to the mayors development was planned long before the mayor purchased the property.
#8 Sep 29, 2010
i can honestly say i have never in my life smelled a sweet smelling sewer. a lot of mayors has come and gone in that time frame, why, i'll bet their poo stunk too! LOL
#9 Sep 30, 2010
You believe that? You must be BIll Fultz.
#10 Sep 30, 2010
Fultz is criminal # 1. I am going to the city hall building and checking these facts myself.
#11 Sep 30, 2010
Mr Cumberland Gap, this rebuttal is getting old.
I love how the people who follow the big Doob start a new thread when asked anything about Doobie.
Porkchop stickers are at the press!!
#12 Sep 30, 2010
There are a lot of angry people in Harrogate and Cumberland Gap that strongly believe in honesty in government. Fultz does not represent our idea of a good leader and politician.
I know that you are Bill Fultz responding to all the Fultz supporting blogs. But be that as it may, tell me here what the very best thing he (you?) has done for the city of Harrogate and allow me to refute it.
There are a lot of students and residents in Cumberland Gap that are concerned with Harrogate. We are here because of hard work. Fultz represents the easy money and shortcuts in our society.
Impugn Cumberland Gap citizens, its your right. but speak to the facts.
#13 Sep 30, 2010
Right on Shannon!
#14 Sep 30, 2010
These are good questions
#15 Sep 30, 2010
Answer these questions Mr. Fultz
#16 Sep 30, 2010
Answer them during the next debate with Dubin
#17 Sep 30, 2010
I demand as a citizen of Harrogate that these questions be answered in a public forum!
#18 Oct 1, 2010
Yes, please speak to the facts.
WHAT QUALIFIES DUBIN!!!!!!
#19 Oct 1, 2010
Dubin is honest, has integrity, and won't divert money from the city into his own pockets. Plus he has no conflicts of interest.
I have been following the posts on the mayors race and really think that we should give Dubin a chance. There are too many people that don't like Bill and many of us really feel its time for a change.
Thats just my thought. Why do you think that Bill should be re-elected?
#20 Oct 1, 2010
Dubin is also a very quick learner ann can learn city governing in a very short peiod of time.
I really would like to hear your reasons why Bill should be re-elected
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