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Wayne Zingsheim

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City of Park Ridge

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City of Park Ridge

Background Information

Employment History

Director Of Public Works

Park Ridge Illinois


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The City

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PublicWatchdog.org - Park Ridge » 2008 » February

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So it should come as no surprise to anyone who has been driving around Park Ridge that Public Works Director Wayne Zingsheim is readily admitting that Cumberland Avenue "is really falling apart...Busse's falling apart too.
Touhy east of Washington is falling apart. Director Zingsheim noted that just repairing Cumberland could cost $500,000.


PublicWatchdog.org - Park Ridge » 2008 » June

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Which may explain why, in May, Public Works Director Wayne Zingsheim and his staff, after consulting Chipman and Berg, recommended that the City spend approximately $25,000 to have the building's existing air handling system balanced by Independent Testing and Balancing, Inc.
But within weeks, Zingsheim and building Supt. And we also can't help but wonder whether Zingsheim and Wiebe aren't already in over their heads when they, too, are jumping at every proposal du jour - and then recommending no-bid contracts on top of it. In recent weeks City staff has met privately with the building's original architect, Chipman Adams (now Chipman Adams + Defilippis), and its original engineer, Brian Berg, and been told the problem exists because the building's air handling system "had never been properly balanced after construction" - according to City Public Works Director Wayne Zingsheim, as reported in a recent article in the Park Ridge Herarld-Advocate. As you can see from the May 15, 2008 "Background Memo"[pdf]to the Public Works Committee authored by Zingsheim, the architect and engineer recommended - and City staff concurred - that "the first step in air quality improvements should be the testing and balancing of the ventilation system in place.


PublicWatchdog.org - Park Ridge » 2008 » October

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Public Works Director Wayne Zingsheim responded that the City was just "lucky" in that respect, clearly implying that these trucks were ticking time bombs that - if retained - were likely to have exploded right in the middle of a big snowfall or other similar time of need.
Starring in the dual role of featured tap dancer and juggler was Public Works Director Wayne Zingsheim, who tried but failed to keep his feet tapping and all the balls in the air. What his failure pointed out, however, is that we're no further along in addressing our flooding problems than we were a year ago, when flooding and lost electrical power lasted for as long as four days. And by the way, we're no closer to solving those electrical problems, either. Zingsheim did his best to pawn off the most recent flooding as a one-of-its-kind event. Dave Schmidt (1st Ward), Zingsheim advanced variations on his too-much-water-for-anything-to-work tactic. The balls really started hitting the floor, however, when Zingsheim attempted to explain the flooding at Boardwalk Place, on the western end of the city, by blaming "broken concrete" at the bottom of a 42-inch flap gate and more broken concrete that prevented a smaller flap gate from closing completely, thereby letting the Des Plaines River back up into Boardwalk and onto Riverside Drive near Cherry Street. Zingsheim claimed that these flap gates are inspected "monthly," and he also invoked "monthly inspection" in branding as "crap" the complaint of a Cherry Street resident who contended that a "broken valve" near Boardwalk contributed to the problem. We don't want to be unfair here, but we have to question both the fact and the competence of inspections that failed to detect any significant deterioration of concrete that, less than a month later, allegedly had crumbled to the point of compromising essential flood control devices. And we also note that Zingsheim didn't provide an answer to a question still bedeviling many residents: Why did the water in their basements suddenly drain away at around 9:45 a.m. Saturday? All in all, Zingsheim's performance was long on excuses and very short on meaningful answers.


PublicWatchdog.org - Park Ridge » Lack Of Leadership Just More Water Under The Bridge - And Into Our Basements

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Starring in the dual role of featured tap dancer and juggler was Public Works Director Wayne Zingsheim, who tried but failed to keep his feet tapping and all the balls in the air.
What his failure pointed out, however, is that we're no further along in addressing our flooding problems than we were a year ago, when flooding and lost electrical power lasted for as long as four days. And by the way, we're no closer to solving those electrical problems, either. Zingsheim did his best to pawn off the most recent flooding as a one-of-its-kind event. Dave Schmidt (1st Ward), Zingsheim advanced variations on his too-much-water-for-anything-to-work tactic. The balls really started hitting the floor, however, when Zingsheim attempted to explain the flooding at Boardwalk Place, on the western end of the city, by blaming "broken concrete" at the bottom of a 42-inch flap gate and more broken concrete that prevented a smaller flap gate from closing completely, thereby letting the Des Plaines River back up into Boardwalk and onto Riverside Drive near Cherry Street. Zingsheim claimed that these flap gates are inspected "monthly," and he also invoked "monthly inspection" in branding as "crap" the complaint of a Cherry Street resident who contended that a "broken valve" near Boardwalk contributed to the problem. We don't want to be unfair here, but we have to question both the fact and the competence of inspections that failed to detect any significant deterioration of concrete that, less than a month later, allegedly had crumbled to the point of compromising essential flood control devices. And we also note that Zingsheim didn't provide an answer to a question still bedeviling many residents: Why did the water in their basements suddenly drain away at around 9:45 a.m. Saturday? All in all, Zingsheim's performance was long on excuses and very short on meaningful answers. Why doesn't Public Works Director Zingsheim adopt an alternate approach? Public Works Director Zingsheim can't "adopt" anything; he's not authorized to undertake that sort of "study" unilaterally, and it would be a major undertaking.


PublicWatchdog.org - Park Ridge » 2008 » November

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Unfortunately, the members of our City Council must have been mesmerized by the total inanity of this explanation and whatever additional "pertinent details" Public Works Director Wayne Zingsheim came up with, because without even one question or comment they approved spending $1,553,341 on this project by a 7-0 vote at the Council's August 18, 2008, meeting, as evidenced by the relevant excerpts of that meeting's Minutes [pdf].


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