Good leaders prioritize things; they tackle the most important problems first, and leave the less important problems for later.
Unfortunately, Brockport’s new code enforcement officer, David Miller, doesn’t seem to understand that.
In his “2014 Street By Street Exterior Property Maintenance Inspection Schedule” of the southwest quadrant, Miller started with the best and left the worst til last.
That’s bass ackwards.
But that’s the way new code enforcement officer David Miller planned to do things, and he has clearly stated that he will not change his plan for any reason whatsoever, regardless of how bass ackwards it is.
If Miller knew how to prioritize things, he would have started his inspection tour on Clinton Street, where the worst looking house in Brockport is located; Bob Webster’s pig sty at 65 Clinton Street, where about a third of the exterior siding has already fallen off.
Then he should have moved his inspection tour south to Holley Street, Erie Street, and Monroe Avenue where the vast majority of Brockport’s poorly maintained properties are located.
Instead, Miller started his street by street inspection of the southwest quadrant of the village by going to Coleman Creek and Centennial Road, two of the most well-kept streets in Brockport.
During the second week of his street by street inspection tour Miller inspected properties on Allen Street, Mercer Street, and Chappell Street. None of these streets have the reputation of being eyesores.
During the third week of his street by street inspection tour Miller inspected properties on Brockway Place, and Adams Street. These are two fairly normal looking Brockport Streets, and neither has the reputation of being a center of run-down houses.
Last Monday, at the start of the fourth week of his street by street inspection David Miller finally started getting to the core of the problem, by inspecting properties on Maxon Street and College Street.
The exterior of Fred Webster’s property on Maxon Street hasn’t seen a drop of paint in at least 31 years, and beyond a doubt, that property has the worst reputation in the neighborhood.
Unfortunately, Miller has already issued nasty letters to the owners of two adjoining properties on Adams Street, both of which are well kept and attractive homes.
So what can he possibly say about Fred Webster’s property on Maxon Street, which is the most poorly maintained houses in the neighborhood? Miller has already shot his wad bashing the owners of the houses that look just fine.
If a the owner of a nice looking house on Adams Street gets a three page nasty letter threatening legal action from Miller, what can Miller possible say about Fred Webster’s ugly green house on Maxon Street?
If Miller treats both houses equally, the Village may go broke buying enough paper to hold the description of the violations on the green house on Maxon Street.
This week, Brockport’s new code enforcement officer, is going to inspect the houses on the West side of Main Street.
What can he possibly say about the dump Fred Webster owns across the street from Nativity Church?
After nit picking the property owners on Adams Street, there are no words left in the vocabulary to accurately describe some of the pig sties that pass for college rental housing on Main Street.
The week of August 4th, Miller will inspect the properties on Utica Street, Merchant Street, and Clinton Street. Let’s see if he starts at 65 Clinton Street where Bob Webster Owns the most disgusting looking house in Brockport.
After yeahstub.com publish an article about the Biggest Garbage Dump in Brockport, Bob Webster clean up the yard enough so the ground is finally visible, but the exterior is still in gross violation of the village Code. We’re not talking about a few loose or missing shingles; huge chunks of shingles are missing all over the place.
Starting on August 11th, Miller will finally inspect the houses Holley Street and Beach Street. Miller better plan to work some long hours that week, because Holley Street has much more than its fair share of shabby housing.
Then during the week of August 18th, Miller will finally get to inspect the houses on Monroe Avenue and Perry Street. He might want to plan for some long hours that week too. Some of the houses on Monroe Avenue are in disgraceful condition.
From August 25th to August 29th, Miller is going to visit Erie Street and Lincoln Street (the street that runs alongside the parking lot behind Chase Bank and Arjuna Florist). Once again, Miller better plan to work long hours because Erie Street is infamous for the code violations in the college housing there.
During the last week of his scheduled inspection tour, starting on September 5th, Miller is going to visit King Street, Queen Street, and Gardiner Alley. Not a day goes by when there isn’t garbage piled by the curb somewhere on King Street.
Too bad Brockport’s new code enforcement officer, David Miller, doesn’t bother to prioritize.
Maybe David Miller should take a lesson from history.
During the Battle of the Philippine Sea in 1945, the outcome of the battle depended on how well the American commander, Admiral Raymond Spruance, prioritized his attacks and Spruance modified his plans to meet the actual situation.
The American invaded Saipan on June 15, 1945. The Japanese retaliated by sending a huge fleet to destroy the American fleet protecting the invasion force.
The Battle of the Philippine Sea started at 10:00 AM on June 19, 1944 when 268 Japanese planes attacked the American fleet. The air attacks on the American fleet lasted all morning and all afternoon and the American naval crews were exhausted.
But Spruance knew that his main priority was to destroy the Japanese aircraft carriers, so even though the Japanese fleet was so far away that the American planes would barely have enough fuel to fly there and back, Spruance ordered the planes to attack anyway.
Because of all the maneuvering they had to do during the attack, many of the American planes did not have enough fuel to return to their carriers and had to ditch in the Pacific Ocean.
To make matters worse, it was getting dark and many of the American planes were not equipped for night landings and many of the aircrews were not trained in night time carrier landings.
So Spruance modified his plan and did the unthinkable. He ordered his carriers to turn on their lights do the returning airplanes could locate the carriers and land.
This was a tremendous risk because it meant that the carriers would be sitting ducks for any Japanese submarines in the area.
That night, 80 American planes were lost when they crashed on the deck or went over the side while landing. But because of a massive rescue operation by the US Navy only 49Americans were lost during the night time carrier recovery operation.
Admiral Raymond Spruance won the Battle of the Philippine Sea because he was smart enough to prioritized the tasks at hand and then modified his plan when he ran into problems.
For example, David Miller could have started his inspection tour at the corner of Maxon Street and Utica Street where Pat Doherty’s rental house at 176 Utica Street has had extremely dangerous scaffolding attached to the front of the house since at least October of last year.
But David Miller seems to be too pre-occupied granting special favors to college landlords, like Bob Webster to bother learning a lesson from history.
It’s been five days and counting since David Miller decided that he would just talk to Bob Webster rather than issuing Webster a nasty letter or an appearance ticket about repairing the damage Webster had done by illegally widening the driveway at 57 State Street.
With today’s heavy rain, there is now evidence that some of the dirt bank Bob Webster left behind when he illegally expanded the driveway is starting to erode away.
How many more days will it take before Brockport’s new code enforcement officer, David Miller, realizes he’s been had?
How many days will it take before Mayor Margay Blackman realizes that she should show some leadership by telling her hand-picked code enforcement officer, David Miller, to prioritize things and attack the obvious problems first, rather than looking for every minute code violation on the planet?