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Marietta Council discusses buying new boom truck

October 10, 2013

Requests for a couple of big-ticket expenditures came before Marietta City Council’s streets and transportation committee Wednesday....

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Oct-10-13 7:09 PM

One shot, I'm not sure what you mean about a D leading the party. Can you please clarify?

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Oct-10-13 4:08 PM

Nothing wrong with looking at a $35,000 a year cost and asking, “How do we get a better deal for the taxpayer?” But how much of that work was emergency storm clean up where all the city’s horses and all the city’s men had no chance of getting the jobs done quickly enough? How many new employees will be needed? Will the crew have the expertise to handle the toughest, most cramped, most fearsomely lofty jobs -- as Black’s seems to have? What will be the yearly amortization and maintenance on the truck? As others have pointed out, there are many more important questions to be answered before you ask if the city has enough cash to pay for the truck.

Why not consider buying a steamroller, asphalt laying truck, scarifier, compactor, and the other equipment needed to pave our streets? We must pay paving contractors way more money than $35,000 a year. Same reasoning would apply.

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Oct-10-13 1:27 PM

Tessie, it is no different on the local level here, as the national level. When you put people in office with ideology that this bunch has this is what u get.Ask the City of Detroit what happens when all your elected officials have a D representing their party

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Oct-10-13 12:30 PM

If the City has its own tree trimming boom truck, they will need to hire more employees to do the tree trimming work, since to hear the administration tell it, all the employees are already overworked. Wages and benefits for new employees will have to be factored into the cost/benefit analysis, not just the cost of the equipment. Makes no sense and sounds to me like tha administration is trying to create another diversion away from more important things.

Why wasn't the nearly $230,000 for right away purchases presented as part of the package when the Greene/Seventh/Pike intersection was being discussed previously? Why is this something new the Engineers office is coming up with? Methinks the administration is up to TEA shenanigans again, trying to throw a monkey-wrench into plans to discredit the good works of council and the previous administration. They need stopped folks!

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Oct-10-13 9:19 AM

"If we had a truck with a longer boom it would allow the city crews to do many more trees." Really! Seriously! If we had a street sweeper we could keep the streets clean. If we build bumpouts we can have pretty flowers. If we restore the Armory we can make it pay for itself. Fiscal fiasco one after another! Seriously!City workers can't do all they have to do now. Let's spend more money and make more work they can't keep up with!

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Oct-10-13 8:07 AM

Clickhere - do you run your own business? Do you have expenses like workers comp, payroll taxes, city and state taxes, liability insurance, equipment costs, and all the other expenses that come with it? Do the math... they aren't the same as they were "10 years ago". Can you climb a 100 ft. tree in downtown Marietta while being sandwiched between houses, power lines, pedestrians, and traffic? I'm no tree expert, but certain lines of work are better left in the hands of local companies that do the work and do it well. Skilled work and labor is “expensive” – go quote yourself a kitchen or bath remodel, new HVAC, electrical upgrades, concrete repairs, and all the other companies our city uses when contracting work and I bet you find it comparable. In all due respect, small business is the backbone of this country, sir.

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Oct-10-13 4:44 AM

Really the City of Marietta can get Blacks Tree Services to cut down a tree for $1000-$1800 per tree? Really? That may have been ten years ago.

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