Chicago Department of Water Management Security

On March 28, 2006, I observed a bizarre and disconcerning event. At the Chicago Department of Water Management located at 39th and Iron a private contractor was loading up a truck load of Water Department supplies. I noticed this in the North District Water Department Wabansia yard at 3822 West Wabansia before. I know Water Department employees need I.D., drug tests and background tests to enter the site, but this guy had nothing and no Union credentials. Again, I am against contractors being supplied with any City property, material and/or labor. We must have complete separation and accountability. The contractor was Mannion Plumbing. The truck a beat up old white Ford 150 with license plate 12130 D. The driver told me he drops these parts off all over the city. I do know Mannion Plumbing is sent in to help Water Main Contractors that do not have Licenced Plumbers as required by law. Usually, when the contractor is busted by Chicago Plumbing Inspectors. On a personal note, when I was fired by the Department of Water Management on April 1, 2006, (Ha, Ha, April Fools Day), my lawyer Frank Avila was told he cannot enter the site due to Security Concerns (Frank Avila a Captian in the U.S. Army reserve). Mayor Daley’s Chicago Inspector General’s Office was given a call to determine policy, Investigator Amezaga answered at 9:45 a.m. and was not concerned. The I.G. was not concerned about Hired Truck calls in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and or 2003. Very consistent.

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