It is a very simple regarding Patrick Hopkins, the Director of Administrative Services for the city: If he knew he should be fired and investigated immediately; if he didn’t know he should be fired and investigated immediately. Those are the only two options at this point.
These are the things Hopkins should have known (all of his quotes are taken directly from the LNP article, “Official: It’s not risky for city to put up money for LanCity Connect broadband, and here’s why,” – click here).
— He told city council this in March:
Based on conservative extrapolations of rollouts elsewhere, MAW is projecting an initial customer base of 4,000, followed by 2 percent annual growth, Hopkins said.
The public has never been told where MAW has “rolledout” before and William Weisser who spoke to city council twice and then met with city leaders following his first remarks said this in a comment to this site (click here):
During my meeting with City Officials they indicated that MAW has not performed a previous large scale ISP project similar to LANC-CITY connect.
So Hopkins either just flat-out lied or didn’t know and trusted MAW that they had done this multiple times before. Either way it is absolutely inexcusable and unacceptable. Hopkins was talking about giving this company – and the city did – another $3 million dollars on top of $1.7 million already paid to them – and $1.5 million of that in the form of a loan.
— Hopkins also said this:
Lancaster also would have liens on MAW’s other assets and LanCity Connect revenues and potentially could recover other MAW revenues in the event the company folded while still owing the city money.
What are MAW’s assets and revenues? They own a building in Reading assessed at $89,000! They claim to have other clients but no one has ever named them and we have no idea the amount of “revenue” MAW receives if they receive any! If they lied about ISP rollouts they may very well be lying about this.
Again, William Weisser in a comment to this site said:
They did indicate MAW provides fiber ISP services to other industrial type campuses, but none were specifically named. Per the article you linked it is indicated that the city could potentially recover assets through these revenue streams (so it would be very interesting to know who MAW’s other clients are).
Yes, it would be very interesting to know who their other clients are and the amount of the revenue streams they produce before loaning and giving this company $4.7 million dollars! The public has a right and a reason to know – now – Patrick Hopkins and city council!
— And Hopkins said this:
The loan terms will allow the city to take over the fiber network outright should MAW default, Hopkins said. It could then hire another firm to manage it.
There is not going to be a fiber network “to take over” because PP&L put a stop to them because MAW did not get the required pre-approvals! So what are you going to do now, Patrick Hopkins? How will the City of Lancaster recoup the $4.7 million?
And when did city officials know that MAW had not gotten the basic approvals required by PP&L? The public has a right to know when they knew!
William Weisser also said this in his second comment to city council (click here):
Finally, during the December 19 meeting, the City indicated MAW had completed an independent safety audit of the facilities installed to date indicating that installation was in a professional and safe manner. I urge this report be released to the public.
Yes, it needs to be released immediately and since MAW did the “audit” it needs to be double and triple checked. PP&L states in a lawsuit that MAW’s connections to the poles are not safe for the public or PP&L employees! And for the city to reference an “audit” done by MAW is absurd and flat-out disgusting. MAW has done nothing but lie up to this point.
This is simply inexcusable, unacceptable and unbelievable! Hopkins needs to be fired and investigated immediately! And LNP is an absolutely disgusting disgrace and a complete fraud for not reporting on this and doing their duty to the public.
There will be more tomorrow.