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I cheered when I learned that Doug Veerkamp found a way to save $300,000 on the Western Placerville Interchange Project with a small and logical change to avoid building a temporary retaining wall. This was followed by total disappointment and irritation when it was disclosed that our Board of Supervisors is so inept, with so many interest conflicts, that it will cost the taxpayers that $300,000 to build a useless retaining wall that will have to be torn down for the next phase of this project.
It appears that none of the supervisors would benefit financially from these savings, and neither would the contractor. I am dumbfounded and angry that our taxpayer funds are being wasted with such total disregard. It indicates poor planning for the interchange project in the first place not to have seen this problem, and poor county management that when there is a total benefit to the project with no benefit to individual board members, they could not take action. No wonder the public is generally disenchanted and disgusted with the Board of Supervisors.