Wednesday, April 16, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

That’s not BBQ you’re smelling

EDITOR:

You have to understand that the animal shelter location is being directed by the newly created Facilities Department under Russ Fackrell, an accountant “bean counter” by trade appointed by the CAO Terri Daly.

Mr. Fackrell has virtually no experience in the realm of facilities management duties that he is charged with. Mr. Fackrell makes his decisions primarily based on lowest cost. He claims to have looked at 100 different sites through the highly questionable use of a CAO-appointed 30-year-old commercial real estate office space leasing agent who has a very strange and questionable relationship with the county and no experience in this type of site acquisition.

Of course, many are wondering if kickbacks are involved in this strange relationship. If Fackrell’s department had to look at 100 different sites, they obviously don’t know what they are doing. Then whittling it down to six sites and holding negotiations with six different competing property owners is insanity; they should have done their due diligence first. There was a reason for this, as the decision the county is making is primarily being driven by the lowest cost it can purchase an existing building for, as this is purely an accounting driven decision of acquisition at the lowest cost. That is why they decided to hold negotiations with six different property owners and play them against each other to beat them down and obtain the lowest building price. Site constraints, environmental issues, neighbors, incompatible use were all a second thought as everything was based on “price.” Otherwise the county would have picked one of the other potential sites that didn’t abut residential housing.

Couple that with the county’s huge conflict of interest in preparing its own environmental document (Negative Declaration) and the neighbors have a very good lawsuit challenge to the county’s placement of this facility and its fabricated and biased environmental documents. Of course this is an incompatible use next to the residential. No, you will never be able to remediate and get rid of the bad smells from the animals and the incineration of animal carcasses. Neighbors need to hire an experienced real estate environmental attorney now.

DAN WESTON
Placerville

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Discussion | 4 comments

  • Shaun The SheepJuly 14, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    HOT DOGS!

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  • Whatthe heckJuly 15, 2013 - 9:54 am

    The "Negative Declaration" on the EIR's come in a form letter.....the county just puts in the project name.....look at the records and you will see this for the past 30 years.....

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  • Holy CowJuly 15, 2013 - 10:34 am

    What the Heck: If this is so, it was a 37 page form letter filled with assumptions and predictions. Pure conjecture with no accountability.

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  • JoeBJuly 16, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    Pure hyperbole if not BS. I work right behind the current shelter and there isn't smell one (other than a rotten creek!) You live next to an INDUSTRIAL AREA, either adapt or move and stop whining.

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