Burlington Mayor Kiss fights back, to call special council meeting on BT

first_imgBurlington Telecom,Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss has taken issue with several aspects of the audit of Burlington Telecom. The audit offered a scathing rebuke of the city’s administration and the financials of the ailing municipal cable, voice, Internet company. The mayor said Friday the city was continuing to review the Larkin Report, anticipating a further response this week.The report was initiated by the Vermont Public Service Department in the Fall of 2009 and released December 10, 2010 (STORY). So far, Kiss said the city has identified several gaps and omissions in the report, including but not limited to:· Larkin staff never contacted or interviewed City officials or the City’s consultant Dorman & Fawcett;· Larkin never interviewed the City’s independent auditors, Sullivan, Powers & Co. (’SPC’);· Larkin’s analysis fails to include recent developments with CitiCapital; and· Larkin failed to account for BT’s current financial status and improvements implemented since Dorman & Fawcett took over interim management of BT nearly 4 months agoThe City’s ongoing review of Larkin’s accounting claims about BT also shows that almost every issue cited from the City’s management letters, in section L of the report, had been addressed by the City by the end of FY10, at least six months before Larkin completed its report. In addition, a formal process for monitoring the Certificate of Public Good (’CPG’) was addressed in September 2009 prior to initiation of the Larkin report; however Larkin failed to note this significant development.‘Our review shows that Larkin failed to understand how and when the City addressed issues identified in auditor management letters, causing the report to be misleading,’ said Chief Administrative Officer Jonathan P.A. Leopold.The Larkin Report does not discuss or address in any way recent developments related to the work of Dorman & Fawcett. The City has terminated its lease agreement with CitiCapital and, through Dorman & Fawcett, is in advanced discussions with several interested strategic and financial partners to procure replacement equipment. Dorman & Fawcett assumed interim management of BT in August 2010, implementing several changes, showing revenue levels above last year’s, and reaching a cash flow position well above operational costs. Larkin failed to contact Dorman & Fawcett about these or any other issues.‘The Larkin Report lacks credibility,’ said Mayor Bob Kiss. ‘Larkin praises the Blue Ribbon Committee but fails to observe that the City has been implementing the Committee’s primary recommendations. With the assistance of Dorman & Fawcett, the City has sought to address the CitiCapital lease while improving BT’s cashflow and the efficiency of BT’s operations. BT’s viability is of paramount importance. It is a major mistake to rely on the Larkin report. It is dated, incomplete, and contains numerous omissions.’Mayor Kiss added, ‘This report has been characterized as independent, which is not true. In reality, it was prepared for the Department of Public Service and David O’Brien in the context of an adversarial proceeding.’ Larkin has been involved with the City and Public Service Department in prior proceedings late last year related to a Burlington Electric Department rate increase. Larkin’s analysis in that case was ultimately rejected by the parties in favor of the City’s position.Mayor Kiss said the City will respond in more detail next week, after additional time to review the report. The City will also consider whether to formally respond to the report to the Public Service Board.In related news, Mayor Kiss announced Friday he will call a special City Council meeting on BT sometime in early January.Burlington, VT ‘ December 17, 2010. The City of Burlingtonlast_img read more

Syracuse defense stymies Cornell in 1st half of blowout win

first_imgEvery week, Syracuse builds a specific defensive scheme based on the upcoming opponent. Against Cornell, SU was able to lean on a familiar aggressive strategy to neutralize the Big Red attack.“We definitely did a lot of midfield traps and got them above the 50, so they weren’t really able to penetrate,” midfielder Emma Lamison said. “We worked a lot on our press this week, going down the sidelines and getting a quick counter.”Syracuse’s stingy first-half defense allowed the No. 2 Orange (11-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) to maintain a one-goal halftime lead in an eventual 9-1 blowout of Cornell (5-4, 1-1 Ivy) on Sunday afternoon at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The Big Red had only five shots, and its only goal came off a rebound from a penalty corner.SU’s game plan focused on trapping Cornell’s ball handlers. The Orange midfielders guided the Big Red down the sideline, limiting Cornell to two options: pass to a teammate in midfield or try to navigate to the cage from the corner.If Cornell tried to pass it inside, Syracuse midfielders were ready to intercept the ball. If Cornell dribbled to the corner, Syracuse defenders trapped the ball handler from the outside before she could get close to the cage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We analyze them before the game,” Syracuse midfielder Roos Weers said “…and then we make the decision to play a specific kind of pressure.”The extensive planning is key to the Orange’s success on defense. Syracuse entered the Sunday’s game against Cornell ranked third in the country in goals against per game (0.87) and second in scoring margin (2.83).SU owes much of its success to aggressiveness and swarming around the ball. Syracuse’s forwards were combative in chasing the ball, breaking up passes and transitioning to offense on the fly.“(Our defenders have) the mindset of intercepting, wanting the ball first and being the first person to the ball before anything else,” forward Serra Degnan said.The Orange didn’t allow a shot until the final two minutes of the first half. At that point, Syracuse led, 2-0. SU’s counterattack staved off Cornell well enough in the opening 35 minutes to keep the Orange ahead before opening up the game with seven second-half goals.Despite the big win, Bradley still sees areas for defensive growth.“(Our defense) wasn’t as tight as I’d like it to be,”Bradley said. “…and that’s an area that we have to continue to grow.” Comments Published on October 4, 2015 at 7:19 pm Contact Chris: cfthomse@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more