The Manager was kind enough to respond to my email asking him for a response or comments to Councilor Elliot’s Motions this week.
As you know, I do not generally respond to questions about upcoming motions from the Councilors until after they have presented them on the Council Floor and they have been voted on.
However in this case the answers are straight forward and I will respond.
21. C. Elliott – Req. Mgr. explain why he did not inform the Council of permitting problems at LHA.
I think the only discussion with the Council was when we reached the agreement with the LHA to get permits and pay fees. There wasn’t any other notice to the Council as it didn’t seem to rise to a level that needed to be escalated….the negotiations were proceeding and Camacho seemed to have the situation under control. Its day to day operational stuff….
In this case the problem of working without a permit occurred and we acted to shut down the job, we then proceeded to commence negotiations with the LHA as they were relying upon a 1938 agreement with the City that permits and fees were not required, an agreement was reached and brought to the Council. During that time there were occasional occurrences of miscommunication and lack of coordination by LHA and the City Inspectional Services….Camacho indicated that he had the matter under control. It didn’t seem that there was anything to really inform the Council about other than everyone was working the issue out.
22. C. Elliott – Req. Mgr. explain decision to instruct former Building Commissioner to issue plumbing/gas fitting permits to LHA.
To my knowledge no one was ever instructed to issue plumbing permits. While we were withholding permits, because we were debating and negotiating with LHA over the need for such permits and the applicable fees (due to the 1938 agreement), they wanted to move forward with some plumbing work. They were using outside contractors for this work. After consideration of the good faith negotiations, and after payment of the appropriate fees, we authorized Camacho to release the plumbing permits. Permits are permission to do work….the work still needs inspections to insure code compliance.