The building Department, as I’ve told you many times earlier, had recently introduced a system by which we can submit all our drawings electronically. I’ve been using this system and gaining an intimate knowledge of it. And I have to say the effort they’ve put into it, despite all the flaws and oversights, is quite commendable.
But the game is still on between the DM and us, consultants and contractors (C&C). The cat and mice dance is a vicious and wild. It would appear to the uninitiated that DM and the C&C gangs should be working together toward a common goal. And I’d really love it if the paradigm were something like that; a Steven Covey ‘win-win’ like situation. But it isn’t. For a simple reason; the C&C are always assumed to be exploitive to the extremes of what the law will allow them (or the owners they represent.) And the DM Engineers are paranoid since they know this and don’t want to screw-up. So they err on the side of caution, by that I mean that make the C&C gangs do all the grunt (donkeys) work, but nonetheless they’d eventually lay all the liabilities on them. It’s a wild goose chase, and so far the two parties haven’t come to a set of terms that will guarantee both some peace of mind.
DM, being a part of the larger E-Government picture, had posted a link to a questionnaire on their website. They initially requested us to fill out the online form. I checked it when it first appeared on Sunday. It’s a seventy-five lines form with more than three variables to fill and couple of choices to select in each line. A comprehensive list of all the online services and transactions offered by the E-Government network. But it’s a bugger to fill out. It’s really long and boring and I’m short on time (the irony of me blogging about this notwithstanding) since the boss is leaving on vacation soon..etc...
So I ignored the form. I pretended it’s not there. And I wished DM the best of luck.
However, today when I opened their website after lunch to check on some projects, they had this Urgent Announcement on their news-ticker:
The announcement says: your account (system) will be automatically frozen if you don’t fill out the questionnaire within 24 hours.
I love it. The municipality wants to know my honest opinion (they requested integrity in filling out the answers) and they want to know it so badly they’re forcing my/us to give it to them. What's with the father who threatens to disown his son because he's afraid the boy is being alienated. If this is not the ultimate version of parental care I don’t know what is.