*Those highlighted in green may, or may not be related.
*Those highlighted in gray may, or may not be a duplicate listing.
The first public records request that was submitted to the city of Warwick asked for a listing of all municipal employees. The City responded with a spreadsheet that had (using as an example) employee James Dorney with three dates of hire and three separate salaries:
Date of Hire : 10/16/1989, salary of $41,656.00
10/16/1989, salary of $41,656.00
7/23/2012, salary of $38,314.00
A second public records request was sent to the City asking to clarify if these were errors or actually three separate salaries attached to three separate Job Codes. The documents requested asked to clarify the exact dates of hire for city employee James Dorney along with any hiring documents, and all or any active positions this employee holds along with the specific job codes.
The City responded by stating the following:
"The Personnel Department is uncertain as to what you are requesting and is interpreting that you are requesting a copy of an employee contract for James Dorney. Therefore, please be advised that there is no documentation available to answer this request. The Personnel Department has reviewed the previously forwarded document and has attached a corrected document."
In this *corrected document*, the City revised the three separate dates of hire for employee James Dorney and combined the two, $41, 656.00 salaries to an $83,312.00 annual salary along with an additional $38,314.00 annual salary which remained for another Job code that the city had a hard time specifying.
A third follow email was sent to the City again today, asking for clarification on the additional second annual salary of $38,314.00 with a date of hire of 7/23/2012 for city employee James Dorney. City personnel hiring documentation was also requested along with the specific job code for the second salary.
So again, if this was an error with just one city employee, it is not known whether or not the other city employees (highlighted in gray) have double entries or are actually making the combined annual salary (sum of both entries).
Double your pleasure...
*UPDATE: Mr. James Dorney (Sr.) was nice enough to contact the Warwick Watch Facebook page privately to explain in further detail the salary breakdown. Mr. James Dorney (Sr.) has one position in the city but it is divided between two budget codes since he manages both facilities-- McDermott Pool in Thayer Arena. The other James Dorney is his son, and he works at the pool as a Counter Aid ($38,314.00). The $83,313 (the two $41,656 positions) for James Sr. are being divided between two budget codes within the same Recreation Department.
* Please note: these salaries do not reflect step increases, OT and raises.
Another Open Meetings Act Violation By The RI Attorney General's Office Against Members of the Warwick City Council
Warwick City Council Members Camille Vella-Wilkinson, Donna Travis, Steven Colantuono, Ed Ladouceur and Joseph Gallucci, all running for public office again, were all found guilty of an Open Meetings Act Violation by the Rhode Island Attorney General's office.
*This is a second OMA violation against Camille Vella-Wilkinson who sits on the Warwick Retirement Board that was issued a "willful violation" (and fined $2000) by the RIAG's office several months ago.
There is a pattern at Warwick City Hall to shut down the public which includes:
One of the best ways to prevent pollutants from entering our local Warwick streams, ponds and Bay is to promptly remove them from our city roadways before wind, rain, and water carry them into our storm drains. Anything on the streets, sidewalks, parking lots, or driveways can wash into storm drains and all of the pollutants are carried directly to local waterways. DEM Director Janet Coit last night referred to that crucial pollutant maintenance as "mundane".
Apparently David Picozzi can't keep up with managing the 400 miles of Warwick roadways with 3 street sweepers. Maybe they should all catch on fire and be replaced with brand new ones that actually operate efficiently?
I have been living in Warwick for almost 11 years and I have never once witnessed a street sweeper going through our neighborhood.
What about you?
The video below shows the typical "Napoleon Complex" syndrome symptoms that begin to fester when scrutiny exacerbates the afflicted individual, in this case, it's Warwick city DPW Director, David Picozzi.
Last month, David Picozzi was recorded on the mic speaking with his bestie crony, councilwoman Donna Travis, that members of the public who ask questions need to "shut the f*ck up."
David Picozzi then stated I needed to "shut the hell up" as I was leaving Warwick City Hall last night, and, he has also stated in local media outlet stories that I "need to be silenced."
Apparently David Picozzi can't handle the scrutiny.
This is the highest paid DPW Director in the state of RI also working part time as the city of Warwick's Chief of Staff making a taxpayer salary of almost $143,000 annually.
What an absolute disgrace.
Warwick tax dollars being invested ever so wisely, thanks to Mayor Scott Avedisian.
It was all a show last night. Posturing, lies and more of misleading the public. How many millions has the City stolen from Warwick taxpayers?
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Oakland Beach, Warwick R.I.
This is what happens when Mayor Scott Avedisian and the Warwick City Council continue to re-appoint incompetence. The proof is in the pudding. How many thousands of dollars has the Warwick Sewer Authority cost the city this time around? Can't wait to find out!
NOW you think it's a great idea to hire a Warwick Sewer Authority Project Manager? NOW?
Everyone bring your cotton candy and popcorn to the City Council meeting tonight...it's always a great show!
Here is the "Consent Agreement" between the city of Warwick and RIDEM. Basically, it's what Warwick needs to do (that hasn't been done since 2003) to come under compliance with DEM, or face fines and penalties.
The Mayor Avedisian way: when the excrement hits the fan.
It was Howard Wright that said: "Excuses are lies wrapped up in reasons."
This could never hold more true than right now in the city of Warwick, R.I.
The city of Warwick saga of excuses , lies and good spinning continues...
This would be the only time I give Mayor Avedisian recognition for being good at something... misleading the public. All anyone has to do is keep up and pay attention to the litany of blatant dishonesty by Mayor Scott Avedisian, and it's just astounding. There's almost a new excuse on a daily basis.
Today, it's about the city of Warwick being hit by a violation notice by RIDEM for failing -since 2003- to be in compliance with the state's mandatory stormwater RIPDES MS4 obligations. For over two years now, I have repeatedly witnessed excuse after excuse by the city to not adequately fund and staff all that has been necessary for our city to come into DEM compliance when it comes to our stormwater outfall mapping and pollution runoff testing.
The city made sure to force mandatory sewer connections down the throats of Warwick home owners who will be paying off the costs for years, if not for the rest of their lives, (with interest), but for the city to get it's act together when it comes to ensuring the reduction and/or elimination of stormwater run off pollution running into our streams, ponds and Bay, its excuses, excuses, excuses.
Yes, Mayor Avedisian, those that are paying attention know how you like to point your fingers in every direction other than right at yourself. It's amazing how you like to use the "recession" as your excuse over and over again when it comes to lack of environmental quality funding, but yet when it comes to municipal employees bonuses, signing your name on egregious union contracts (you exclusively negotiated and then prevented the City Council from reading before they voted on them), dropping hundreds of thousand of dollars- in a snap- on brand new municipal vehicles, taxing the Warwick citizenry for 16 straight years, increasing city spending year, after year, after year, etc..etc... you blame the lack of environmental funding on the recession.
How do you sleep at night?
Attached below is the "excuse letter" by Mayor Avedisian regarding Warwick facing heavy fines for not being in stormwater mapping and testing compliance by DEM, and also how the other cities and towns in the state are doing, here.
See, reality, shows that: "The majority of Rhode Island’s MS4s have adopted the ordinances or legal mechanisms necessary to implement the MS4 program in their community." but not Warwick... the city by the Bay. The Mayor knows how to pick your pockets to fund the city he helped bankrupt, increase spending and increase those Warwick Sewer Authority rates, but ensuring our beaches, streams, ponds and Bay are pollution free? Yeah, right...just more excuses.
T.F. Green Airport is just one of four airports in the country that has installed anaerobic fluidized bed reactor (AFBR) technology as a means for collecting deicing fluid.
The other three airports (above slideshow) are: Albany Airport (ALB), Akron–Canton Airport (CAK) and Portland International Airport (PDX).
According to the ACRP Fact Sheet, AFBR technology:
"The process uses anaerobic bacteria—bacteria that do not use oxygen—to convert the deicer compounds into methane and other by-products. Since deicing-affected stormwater is typically nutrient deficient, addition of nutrients is required to maintain the biological pro- cess. Anaerobic bacteria typically used in this process grow best at a temperature of approximately 85°F to 90°F; therefore, the water must be heated to achieve the correct conditions for treatment. In the AFBR process, the methane by-product is captured and used to heat the water to the required temperature."
Note: From 2006 through 2010, RIAC's average collection efficiency was 35%, achieving 43% collection efficiency in 2010.
According to the EPA:
Airports that have greater than 1,000 annual jet departures and >= 10,000 annual departures are required to:
1. Capture 60% of available ADF(airport deicing effluent)
2. Treat wastewater to meet effluent limit for chemical oxygen demand (COD).
3. Certify use of non-urea-based pavement deic- ers or meet effluent limit for ammonia.
4. Treat wastewater to meet effluent limit for chemical oxygen demand (COD).
During T.F. Green Airport's 2014-2015 deicing season, approximately 2,400,000 gallons of fluid was collected. Requiring only a 60% deicing capture rate, that would equal roughly 960,000 gallons of deicing fluid still running right into our storm drains, streams and ponds.
In addition to the elimination of hundreds of trees that were removed for airport expansion that acted as natural pollutant buffer zones, the nine newly relocated Winslow ballfields were hyroseeded multiple times due to inadequate watering which initially failed to allow grass seeding to properly germinate. Several additional bush plantings also perished due to improper watering.
Then, last summer, Warwick Pond was overrun with cyanobacteria toxins otherwise known as "blue-green algae" which resulted in the pond becoming a major health hazard and off limits (Aug-Nov) to homeowners, boat owners and pets.
When the health advisory was lifted by DEM, Elizabeth Scott, Deputy Chief of DEM’S Office of Water Resources, reassured the public in an email that all RIAC’s “RI Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit” is being closely managed and that DEM monitors the airport’s compliance to quality control and testing regulations.
What made Warwick Pond so toxic? Was it the remaining 57-65% of deicing glycol pollutants not being collected? Was it the excessive hydroseeding and pesticide application to the new ballfields? Geese and pet feces? Homeowner pesticide use? What will happen this summer season?
Many homeowners surround Warwick and Gorton Ponds. What fate is in store for them all this summer and fall and seasons to come? Will our environment ever recover from the effects of habitat degradation in the name of economic development? Time will tell, it always does.