The “oops, we forgot to include interest” goof in Street LID budgeting (thanks, Ken Lanfear!). That, and/or lack of management (pick your poison) sends the project spiraling out of control, nearly 50 percent over original budget.
The City of Ocean Shores obtains more than $6 million to build a new “MIEX system” water treatment plant. And fails to provide funding to build a cover for it.
In early 2008, city council sets the salary of the new “strong mayor” position: $12,000 per year. But after Dean Bunkers is elected as mayor, he points out that he has to be paid the same $99,600 salary that former city manager Rich McEachin was paid. The difference, including benefits, over four years: About $500,000.
City clerk Diane Foss and then-city attorney Art Blauvelt forgetting to send a letter to an insurance agency, resulting in a lawsuit going unchallenged (and probably adding years and tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, even if the city overcomes a judge’s ruling).
Council appointing Garland French as mayor, after Bunkers resigned (French promptly hired back employees Bunkers had laid off).
Even after being warned repeatedly about interfund loans by the state auditor, City of Ocean Shores fails to properly manage its tourism spending, leading to even more interfund loans . . .
After a big sales pitch to city council over several weeks of study sessions, finance director Steve Ensley tells council his idea to sell bonds to finance “long-term debt” is not legal.
After an even more intensive sales pitch, Ensley is about to present an ambulance utility for vote. But citizen Don Williams points out that the law requires mailed notices and a 30-day notice, Ensley and Mayor Crystal Dingler do a temporary retreat to follow the procedure.
Council approves an ambulance utility . . . but the resolution has a big blank for “start date” that is left unaddressed.