Gary Casimir 
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Re: “Colorado Springs' 2C road measure takes some heat

Councilman Bill Murray is right in asking for a longer warranty and he's also right that the city will never get ahead of the problem and mathematically it's impossible. The city will re-surface (note not re-build) 215 lane miles this season. Divide 215 into the total lane miles of the city and you'll arrive at the total numbers of years it will take to do one cycle of re-surfacing and not re-building roads. This will be longer than the life of the current tax and if extended, longer than the next tax. Also, that works out to $232,558/lane mile. Kind of pricey isn't it?
According to the Federal Highway Administration a two year "warranty" is the MINIMUM with no performance. In other words, the road can fail at anytime because a performance warranty was not required. Performance warranties begin at increments of 5, 10, 15, or 20 years. Detroit requires a 20 year performance warranty. The Europeans are going for 35 years. Why isn't Colorado Springs requiring a 20 year warranty?
I can understand the mayor's desire to stretch the dollars but what is gained if after year three the city has to go back and redo the roads of year one? i.e. No. Nevada between Fillmore and Garden of the Gods.
The question that arises now is, "Did the mayor get bad advice regarding road warranties or did he buy into a "tradition?" i.e. "We've alway done it that way." or "Two year is industry standard." If so, the driving public (aka taxpayers) got taken for a ride.
BTW The Centinnial extension is being built in a slide area. Look for that road to be a maintence nightmare because a 20 year performance warranty will not be part of the specifications.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 07/21/2017 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Poll: Springs voters would approve new fee for drainage control

RW: Ever notice that the city never has enough money to do it right the first but, always has enough money to do it over? Opps! The city doesn't do it over. It just kicks the can down the road for the next generation of whoever that happens to be.
Cheers

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 07/10/2017 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Poll: Springs voters would approve new fee for drainage control

Joel: Its nice to know that at least two of us have read the Federal Highway Administration specifications for road warranties.
A two year warranty is the "minimum" with no performance requirements. Performance requirements begin at 5 years and graduates at 10, 15, & 20 years. Detroit requires a performance warranty of 20 years. The Europeans are going for 35 years.
I've suggested that if there are no road building companies that will give 5, 10, 15, or 20 year performance warranty, the city should go outside the state for a contractor or two who can give the city a better warranty. Right now, it's throwing good money after bad and mathematically the roads will never be completed.
If you want to see a maintenance nightmare look no further than the Centinnial extension which is being built in a slide area.
Here's another one: The Summit House $50M. One year warranty.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 07/10/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “MRFF files supplemental complaint against critics of AFA commandant

Let's see if I have this right. O7 outranks O3 and O7 outranks O5. What's the problem? Simple solution is both the O5 and O3 should be brought up on insubordination charges regarding a superior officer, a court martial convened, the O5 reduced in rank, loss of pay, and retired, the O3 reservist reduced in grade to O1 and given a less than honorable discharge. Problem solved.
If this protocol is followed, there is a good chance another officer(s) will not put their career on the line.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 07/06/2017 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

I'm sure Jim Daly appreciates the easing of the Johnson Amendment as much as he appreciates the $2.3 M Focus on the Family received from the Koch Bros for their political arm. (Denver Post). So does this mean that Focus on the Family (a business) has the spiritual welfare and needs of the Koch Bros. come before the needs of their flock? Do all followers of Focus on the Family support the voter suppression laws that are advocated by the American Legislative Exchange Council (a Koch funded political group)? Does Focus on the Family support voter surpressuon through its political arm? Do you think Focus on the Family really believes in the teachings of Christ when they are a mouthpiece for the Koch Bros.? When Jim Daly advocates for a candidate or piece of legistion in the halls of government or ballot issue, is he avocating for this flock or the Koch Bros.? Will Focus on the Family allow opposition to their position (KB) to be spoken at the same time? How does a front group for the Koch Bros. qualify for tax exempt status? Questions that need to be answered.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 05/17/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Please stand by: KCMJ experiencing technical difficulties

Correction. I stand corrected that it was 28 shows vs. 43. Apologies.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 05/10/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Please stand by: KCMJ experiencing technical difficulties

It's interesting to note as of 3/31/2016 KCMJ had 43 locally produced shows. I hosted (1), produced (2), and engineered 5 of those shows. KCMJ has had a myriad of problems since i.e. on the air, off the air. Show hosts leaving.
Today there are only 4 show hosts left as of Monday 5/15/2017. This is what happens when individuals THINK they know how to run an entity but in reality do not have the skill sets to do so.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 05/10/2017 at 1:09 PM

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