Evidently things were being run wrong at the park for a LONG, LONG, LONG, time. Perhaps taxpayers should hold ALL PEOPLE IN LEADERSHIP ROLLS during those many, many years (not just "my friend") accountable for the horrible things you cited were allowed to go on: Paul Sasse-why did he permit this? Kelly Passauer-why didn't she do something? The commissioners-why didn't they do something? Maybe we should get rid of Kelly for not doing the job she was paid to do.<quoted text>
You realize you just made the argument that if a city manager decides a department should be run a certain way that that should be good enough? And no, I do not work at the park. However my wife does. Has it occurred to you that the reason things are being brought to light is because she and the 'new reign' are bringing it there? Has it occurred to you that my wife is the one making the lists, doing the research, and coordinating the repair efforts? Has it occurred to you that she has been doing these things since the day she started a few years ago? There has been no standing by. No, sir.
As for facts? Your friend gave away an adult elk, an adult bison, two juvenile bison, two adult llamas, and one aoudad. If you base it on cattle prices at the time, it comes out to about $5000. These are animals that taxpayers paid for by feeding. He did not ask the commission. He did not ask the city manager. He gave away your money.
Your friend has allowed buildings to be built on city property that were never inspected. The city has no blueprints for them.
Your friend filled up city buildings with his personal property. Filled to the point the doors would not open. Filled with trash. Littered with rodent droppings. Covered in mold. And after the 14 months he was given to remove his belongings wasn't enough, he used a city employee and a city vehicle for two working days to remove the rest of his Personal belongings ON YOUR DIME. Then he had the cleaning contractor hired to deal with the mold help him move the extra heavy stuff. ON YOUR DIME.
And when your friend was called to the carpet for these things, he sued the city AND stayed on the payroll - and lost. And appealed while still on the payroll. And lost. How much did That cost you? Better make an open records request...
If the other things you said cost the city money are true, I can't imagine the total cost would be anywhere close to the nearly $150,000 taxpayers have spent on that Crescent Oil building. If you're going to call out "my friend" for losing $5000-$10000 on the sale of zoo animals, why aren't you calling out the city manager and commissioners for losing over $150,000 in taxpayer dollars on the purchase of a virtually useless building?
Inasmuch as how much "my friend's" lawsuit cost taxpayers, we'll never know how much it cost because no one can't get a straight answer from the city NO MATTER WHAT THEY TRY TO DO TO GET SUCH AN ANSWER. Do you, as an individual so concerned about where our tax dollars go and how they are spent, think that is a good thing, especially when such information is, by law, to be available to the public?
One last thought: Many of the items you have cited have, to the best of my knowledge, have not been released to the public. I hope those items do not come under employer-employee privileges because if they do, I will not only wonder how you came to learn of them (since you would have had no legal right to that information), but also will wonder if another lawsuit may be justifiably filed against the city. I hope not.