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What's Wrong With This Chart?

Click here for the full report: Double Trouble: An Interim Report to The Tree Next Door

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  • The field book is a daily record of all the inspections conducted by the city arborist (blue bar).
  • All field book notes should be entered into the City's database (red bar).
  • The database record should match what was recorded in the field book (yellow bar).
  • Field book notes should be entered into the database within one working day of the field inspection (green bar).

Need help in understanding what's wrong?  Read our latest investigative report, "Double Trouble", to find out.

Read more: What's Wrong With This Chart?


Atlanta's Planning Department Opts for Cover-Up

Click here for the full report: City of Atlanta Planning Department Opts for Cover-up

The Tree Next Door has now received additional information that leads us to believe that instead of investigating the fraud, the Department of Planning is attempting to cover it up. Records missing from the database record upon our last examination have now been entered in “after the fact”, with one employee going so far as to note - in writing - that he closed out some of Domengeaux’ records “for [the] Open Records request” and “at the request of the Commissioner”.

In June 20, 2010 City Field Arborist Stan Domengeaux issued a permit to remove an oak tree at 40 Montgomery Street because it “bowed over house on right of property,” according to Domengeaux' own inspection notes.

But there's just one problem.  There is no house on “right of property", and hasn't been for at least a couple of years.  40 Montgomery Street is a vacant lot situated between two other vacant lots.

This and other glaring instances of fraudulent inspection reports filed by Stan Domengeaux have been cited on this website since September 20.  Furthermore, Domengeaux has a documented history of falsifying inspection records in both his field book and database records (see City Arborist -- Falsification of Documents, Ethics Office Investigative Report, Case Number CO-06-024).

On October 6, both Planning Commissioner James Shelby and City COO Peter Aman promised to investigate our claims of fraud.  But with the latest information received via an Open Records request with the City, we question just how seriously they are investigating anything.


Unanticipated, Unexplained and Incongruous Data Emerges

Click here for the full report: Unanticipated, Unexplained and Incongruous Data Emerges; An Addendum to the Field Arborist Productivity Report

Stan Domengeaux, one of the City's two remaining field arborists -- after others resigned or were let go earlier this summer due to budget shortfalls -- appears to have not amended his ways since he was disciplined with a suspension without pay in 2006 for "padding" his field book and daily reports with false inspection records.  A September 20, 2010 addendum to the Arborist Productivity Report notes that five months (January - May 2010) of Domengeaux' field notes have inexplicably vanished.  (A comprehensive field book is required to be maintained by each field arborist according to the Standards of Practice and is considered to be a legal document that is the property of the City of Atlanta.)

The Tree Next Door has received a copy of Domengeuax' field notes from June 4 -30, 2010 which reveal that :

  • 75% of the work Domengeaux claims in his daily field book entries is not documented in the database record.
  • Domengeaux entered a DDH tree removal permit at 2830 Alston Dr. SE into the database on June 9, but according to his field book he inspected he tree on June 30.
  • Site visits to 26 of the properties Domengeaux claims to have inspected but are not in the database record show that over half of these properties are either vacant or non-existent.

Another Open Records request has been made to examine the Requests for Service that prompted the 101 inspections Domengeux' field notes claim he made in June 2010 but do not appear in the database record.

For more detail, please see the full report submitted as an addendum to the Arborist Productivity Report.


City of Atlanta Field Arborist Productivity Report

Click here for the full report:  COA Field Arborist Productivity, January – June 2010: A Report to The Tree Next Door

The COA Arborist Productivity Report, published in September 2010, was commissioned by The Tree Next Door as part of our independent analysis of the Arborist Division's performanceIn response to the report, The Tree Next Door called for an independent audit of the functioning of the Arborist Division in a letter sent to Mayor Kasim Reed on September 17, 2010.

On September 20, an addendum to this report was published, documenting the performace issues of field arborist Stan Domengeaux.


Why Did We Conduct an Arborist Productivity Study?

In the spring of 2010, two city arborists, Paul Lewkowicz and David Tachon, were let go in a budget related downsizing, and a third arborist, Janell Bazile, retired. Although The Tree Next Door did not dispute the need for staff reduction at that time, particularly given the City's budget crisis and lack of development in the height of the recession, we did question why the City let go what we believed were the two more productive arborists on staff. Peter Aman, the City's COO at the time, claimed that his hands were tied as to how the staff was reduced, but assured us that arborists who did not do a satisfactory job "can and will be replaced".

On August 26, 2008, nearly two years prior to these two arborists' termination, the Community Development/Human Resources committee of the City Council had voted to conduct an audit of the Arborist Division in response to community outrage over City Arborist Tom Coffin's sudden dismissal. However, no audit was ever completed, which prompted Sheldon Schlegman, then Chair of The Tree Next Door, to send an open letter to Aman, Kasim Reed, the City's Mayor at that time, and James Shelby, who was Commissioner of Planning and Community Development, suggesting that the City -- with its decision to eliminate arborists Lewkowicz and Tachon -- was continuing its support of Ibrahim Maslamani's policy of non-enforcement and accommodation that severely undercut the Tree Protection Ordinance. (Maslamani was the former Director of the Bureau of Buildings who presided over Tom Coffin's firing, and was later fired himself, apparently for colluding with his chief of the inspection division (also fired) to sign off on unpermitted work being done on a Great Clips franchise owned by Maslamani's wife.)

Peter Aman responded to Schlegman by email, saying: "No recent administration has held both senior and junior employees more accountable than Mayor Reed's. Indeed, we have developed a very strong reputation of holding individuals accountable for job performance and will continue to do so. Please pass on specific examples of poor performance of arborists to Commissioner Shelby."

And so we did. The first productivity analysis of the Arborist Division we conducted examined performance related records from January to June 2010, and was published on August 30, 2010. Three weeks later we published an addendum documenting the specific performance issues of one of the two remaining field arborists, Stan Domengeaux. (Just after the first productivity analysis was released, David Tachon, one of the two city arborists who was let go in June, was hired back.)

When our August 30 productivity report showed significant performance discrepancies between the arborists who were let go versus the ones who remained, The Tree Next Door called for an independent audit of the Arborist Division.  Like the City Council-promised audit in 2008, this audit was never conducted. However, when our subsequent addendum to the August 30 report alleged that Domengeaux had falsified entries in his field book and the Accela database at the direction of James Shelby, the Planning Commissioner at that time, the City Law Department agreed to look into the matter.

It took the Law Department five months to complete their investigation, which was no investigation at all.  In summary, the Law Department concluded that because the alleged perpetrators denied any wrongdoing, nothing happened.  The Tree Next Door responded with a letter to Aman, saying that the investigation was "not a forensic analysis" that we had expected, but nothing more than "a conversation with the very people whose veracity is in question."


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