BY BUDDY NEVINS
The firm that wants to build a garbage dump in Sunrise has the same address as the company that Sunrise Deputy Mayor Don Rosen’s consulting business worked for.
Rosen’s “consulting” company had “a business relationship” with Ace Waste, according to a city document.
Ace is a separate corporatation from Green Now, the firm that wants to build the garbage dump, although they have the same key principal — James Feeley Jr.
But another city document indicates Green Now currently “own and manage an existing trash and recycling facility at 7060 SW 22nd Court in Davie.
That address is also the headquarters of Ace Waste, which is the firm that Rosen’s consulting company does work for.
It was known since a Browardbeat.com post last week about Rosen’s job with Ace, but not that the two companies shared an address.
It was Rosen’s work for Ace that prompted City Attorney Stuart Michelson to seek an ethics opinion on whether Rosen can vote.
A state Ethics Commission staff lawyer opined that since Ace is a separate entity from Green Now, Rosen does not have a conflict and can vote on approving the garbage dump.
They are separate corporate entities. But let’s get real, ethics guys they work out of the same building!
The information about the interlocking relationship between Green Now and Ace Waste comes March 10, 2009 city memo.
The memo outlines a meeting that occurred in a city office to discuss the proposed Sunrise garbage dump. Attendees at that meeting included members of the Green Now team and Sunrise Planning and Developer Director Mark S. Lubelski, who prepared the memo.
Here are parts of the memo where Green Now describes their proposed operation. The underlining is mine for emphasis:
“*They would like to process approximately 75 trucks per day.
* The hours of operation would be approximately from 4am to 8:30pm, six days per week. However, they would like the abiilty to operate 24 hours per day.
* They claim to only need eight employees for the whole site (per shift).
* At the end of the day, everything will be washed. All water from washing will be considered leachate and will need some treatment prior to sewer discharge.
* They currently own and manage an existing trash and recycling facility at 7060 SW 22nd Court in Davie. However this facility is not enclosed and is smaller than the one proposed in Sunrise.
* Express interest in having an exclusive Franchise Agreement to operate recycling facility in Sunrise.”
The Davie address — 7060 SW 22nd Court –is also the contact address and corporate address of Ace Waste. That’s the company Rosen’s firm did “consulting” for.
The memo reveals the problems with the dump the hours of operation would put traffic on Sunrise’s streets around the clock, potentially pollute the ground water and employ very few people.
The memo also reveals Green Now’s end game: They want an exclusive franchise agreement for Sunrise without having the city put out bids for other companies. That would be worth gazillions!
Also notice that this deal has been cooking at least since March, 2009 — just under a year. It was disclosed in Browardbeat.com in September, months before it was discussed at the city commission in January.
Rosen’s role in this is beyond sleazy. Why is he even getting paid by somebody seeking to do business with the city? What does his work involve?
Rosen is a sordid, seedy politician. He needs to skip all the debate on the garbage dump, not vote and get out of politics for good.
Again I ask: What benefit do Sunrise residents get from a garbage dump in their community?