hawkbuilder (Mike George)


Comment history

Student-led Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk group issues diversity-related demands for KU; here's some more context

There is one common thread among your posts - poor spelling and grammar....

November 17, 2015 at 9:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

County Commission approves firm to review codes department in wake of Kobach controversy; adopts Horizon 2020 changes

Because I happen to be planning to move to Larimer County, Colorado, in the next year and a half for retirement, and am remodeling and adding on to a home there, I can state with experience that the Larimer County building deparments and code enforcement are among the very best with which I have worked. And I was a construction manager for 44 years. So, surely Austin Peters' proximity to those departments gives them another advantage in helping to evaluate the Douglas County department and drag us kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

November 12, 2015 at 8:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawmakers continue questioning KU's financing of Central District, Innovation Way

I'm not really sure how the state could have any more black eyes than looking out of the two it already has....

November 10, 2015 at 8:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Lie confirmed

Thank you, Mr. Aronoff, for one of the very few posts in recent history that has perspective, humor, and cuts to the chase.

October 29, 2015 at 10:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

SLT interchange at Bob Billings Parkway will be delayed and cost $2.1 million more because of sinking roadway

I believe that part of the answer you are seeking is that it would not if it were a privately funded and designed project. The fact that it is a state agency and that the engineer apparently chose the foam as the preferred method in his/her design means that there is no recourse against either errors/omissions or professional liability insurance policies. That leaves us taxpayers picking up the tab - again....

October 6, 2015 at 5:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Board of Regents resolutions allow continuation of top-secret research at KU, K-State

Joe, your paranoia is a bit late - see the following:
The university has completed its performance improvement plan, and inspectors "will continue to ensure they are able to demonstrate longterm compliance before lengthening their registration period,” said a general statement issued Tuesday evening by regulators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which jointly runs the program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Johnson said the violations have been corrected and the university was released from the federal performance improvement program in April.

And do not accuse them of having facility issues with the BRI - the only non-administrative issue in the Feds' letter has to do with plant pathogen research that was being done elsewhere on campus that SHOULD have been and HAS BEEN moved to the BRI.

It appears to me that the only real issue that the university has long-term is making sure that they can fund the debt service with proceeds from their pot of money from research and other sources. Apparently your accusation that the BRI is a "non-functioning rat hole" is also uninformed.

September 17, 2015 at 9:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

South Lawrence Trafficway still on track for fall 2016

Such a blowhard.

September 15, 2015 at 3:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Safety inspections at school construction sites questioned

You have hit at the root cause of the problem - the contractor is negligent. Regardless of what local codes require or don't require, the over-riding authority having jurisdiction on safety practices is OSHA, although their inspectors only rarely come to the jobsite, unless they have reports of problems, an injury or a periodic routine inspection. OSHA regulations state what must be done, and this is one reason for hiring constractors or construction managers that put safety first. No amount of disclaimers by the district, the county or the city will get the contractor out of trouble with OSHA, nor in this case (I suspect) with injury attorneys who are some of the most aggressive. By taking the cheapest contractor with no proven safety record, the district has rolled the dice and now they are experiencing what they unfortunately hoped would not happen. Ms. Hoyt-Reed, you are 100% correct.

August 23, 2015 at 7:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fencing goes up around New York Elementary following child's injury; questions persist about safety near construction sites

If you read OSHA regulations, the sites must be secured in certain ways with fencing and warning tape. This sounds like a clear case of the contractor not meeting the OSHA regulations or it's contract requirements. I would, however, agree with Mr. Hargis that responsibility by supervising adults could also have prevented this.

August 20, 2015 at 8:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )