TxDOT still has Northland on hold
August 16, 2013, 9:00 am by
Northland Communications — which suffered $52,000 damage in
the March 17 US 281 bridge blast —said this week that it has finally talked
with a Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson regarding the claim.
Unfortunately, the conversation gave Larson Lloyd, regional
director of Northland Communications, little solace, he said.
Following TxDOT’s advice printed by local media both before
and after the blast, Lloyd contacted the agency a week ago.
"I reached out to
them and [Public Information Officer Kelli Reyna] did call me back the next
day. She told me that she spoke mainly to media and I should talk to Archer
Western but Archer Western keeps saying it goes back to the explosive company,”
said Lloyd. "She made it painfully clear she didn’t want to deal with the issue
or me…in my opinion her being a public information officer is comparable to me
being an aerobics teacher.”
Lloyd said last week that he still hadn’t seen a penny— and
he isn’t the only one. Owner of River City Grille Paul Brady says he sustained
nearly $65,000 in damages to his waterfront business but has not been able to
get any satisfaction from the explosives company and has turned the claim over to
his insurance company. He is currently out of town.
For the full story, see the weekend edition of The Highlander.
This has nothing to do with Perry and his cronies and only little to do with Txdot. Put the blame where it is supposed to go which is to the company who did the blasting AND with the Bridge builder who wanted to take the quick route in demolition so they could get done quicker. Heck maybe folks should blame the mayor since the bridge crosses HIS city.
August 17, 2013, 7:31am by Roy
There are three reasons why this situation has plenty to do with TxDOT: One, TxDOT is responsible for supervising the contractors it hires. Two, they said the implosion would be safe and do no unintended damage. Three, they promised that if the unimaginable somehow happened, they would be there to help make sure claims were promptly settled. This is what they told the Marble Falls City Council and what they told the public. The idea that TxDOT is some innocent bystander in this situation is about as silly as you can get.
TxDOT is a huge and arrogant state agency – just like the federal bureaucracies the Governor Perry deplores. Cultures in every organization come from the top down. The culture at TxDOT is that the taxpaying public is an inconvenience. The Governor appoints the TxDOT board. The board oversees the agency. If Perry actually cared how Texas citizens are treated by their government, he would instruct his appointees to make that a priority from top to bottom in the agencies they oversee.
August 17, 2013, 9:16pm by Luke
Thanks to Rick Perry and his overpaid cronies at TexDot.
August 16, 2013, 9:17am by linda
I think the blame should be with ALL the heads in this fiasco. Perry,Txdot, Archer,Omega,MFs Mayor and the ceo of any other company tied to this. And lets not leave out the Insurance companies who are supposed to write the checks.What we have here folks is one big cluster ??? of finger pointing.
August 19, 2013, 2:51pm by Steve