'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle: Naples Mayor John Sorey on unpaid utility bills and bay boat speeds

It’s March Madness -- in college basketball and, some might say, in local government and politics.

Guests for this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program, airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7, are:

Karl Smesko, coach of the Florida Gulf Coast University’s women’s basketball team that makes its first appearance in the NCAA post-season tournament today at 2:30 p.m. vs. St. Bonaventure;

John Sorey, Naples’ new mayor, who explains what comes next for bay boat speeds and unpaid utility bills.

Jim Coletta, Collier County commissioner, who sizes up an opposition political group called SCREWED.

Highlights are at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

Here are excerpts:

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NewsMakers: John Sorey

What's next for bay boat speeds?

John Sorey

Lytle: Can you give us any insights on the amount of uncollected utility bills the city has? I’m told that the price tag is as high a million dollars.

Sorey: Well, it’s less than that now. The last number I saw was about $850,000, which is still too high. And I’m disappointed in our finance department. I don’t think we did a good job on that. And one of the things I’ve had discussions with Bill Moss ...

Lytle: ... City manager ...

Sorey: ... City Manager Bill Moss, and he really got into it. We made a number of changes. The lady that was supervising that group is no longer in that position. We made a change there.

Lytle: But she’s still on City Hall staff.

Sorey. She’s still ... she was changed, but that just wasn’t her forte. We’re doing some extensive training as far as the meter readers ... changing that process. And part of this issue was, we should have made an ordinance change earlier, because the economy going south was one of the major factors in this.

And a significant amount of that money is liens, which we will eventually collect. But there are some that are probably going to be uncollectable because the county has a process where the meter has to be in the name of the property owner, and they you can lien the property. If it’s in the name of the tenant, and the tenant walks away, then collecting that is very difficult.

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angrytxpyr writes:

Door Mat or No Door Mat that is the question. I'm pretty sure its been answered already. All you City Hall staffers tread lightly especially when you go through any doorways. Wouldn't want ye like slip and break Mayor(door mat)Sorey's hip. Hey Lytle, Lietell, Little, ah heck Mr. Lytle did ya ask the Mayor if there's any validity to my rants about the goings on down there. How about Boss Mosses Phoney phone system and who got a bonus or kick back or what ever they call them things. Yes Yes Jeff I know you afraid of the hard questions and don't want people to get mad but did you consider that some tough questions would get some pretty good responses and people might actually start buying the NDN again, heck you guys gotta be happy if somebody other than the bloggers and little ole IDIOT me would read it on line. Anyway go on over to the two Titussville Firefighters story and have a look-see at what some wanna be ANGRYTAXPAYER wrote...

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