Council Roundup: Full-sized pickup is purchased, but council worries about it being the best use of funds

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Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down Jim · 297 weeks ago The large pickup might turn out to have better long term value with less repairs. Also the larger pickup has more markup so they can give a better deal than on a compact. Report Reply 0 replies · active 297 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down craig · 297 weeks ago What’s wrong with a small truck ? Chevys and GMCs don’t break unless you ignore them. This is exactly what’s wrong here. Money down the drain. Kudos to those who voted NO on this one. Report Reply 0 replies · active 297 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down one opinion · 297 weeks ago Why not let them use a golf cart? That seems to be a popular mode of transportation for citizens of Wellington. Don’t tell me that’s a dumb idea! Report Reply 0 replies · active 297 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 297 weeks ago What year are the trucks that the USD 353 maintenance crews have to use?.? Mid to late 80’s. Another example of this town spending money frivilously, just like the Appraisers office having a brand new Ford Explorer. WHY!!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 297 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down way2gowellholeNOT · 297 weeks ago Wellington waste tons of money on things they do not need. If they just had to have a new truck why couldn’t they have gone to another town or somewhere else and looked at other bids. Yes you want to give to hometown buisnesses but you also have to do what is best for the budget and I am pretty sure that they have other places they could have got the truck for less money. Why couldn’t they have gone with a used 2012 or 2013 truck? The truck will deprecate at least 10% in value once they drive it off the lot. Report Reply 0 replies · active 297 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Crusader Pride · 297 weeks ago I guess the question that some of you fail to ask is how old was the one that needed replaced? Ever bought a used vehicle? Some can be a garage bill waiting to happen. Yes the city could afford to fix that vehicle but then most would complain that the city is spending to much money on fixing their vehicles. Yes the city could probably get a better deal if they go out of town but then who supports the local dealers. If they cannot count on doing business with the city or county they pay taxes to who can they count on. The truck was under budget that was a good thing. I am guessing it will be in the fleet for many years. Report Reply 1 reply · active 297 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down resident2014 85p · 297 weeks ago Our position regarding the quiet zone. My tax money should not be spent on such a zone. The people who purchased homes in that area knew the trains were there, knew they were loud and knew they would hold up traffic when they purchased their homes. Eyes wide open. Any reasonable person would also realize the number of trains going through town could increase or decrease. That was part of the risk of purchasing a home in that area. I do not want my tax dollars used to create a quiet zone for those people. The tax payers would be arbitrarily creating wealth for these homeowners by increasing their property value. The city has taken a position that local homeowners should pay for the streets in their area then the same position should be taken on the quiet zone. The project should only move forward if the homeowners in the area are willing to pay a special assessment for the quiet zone. They will see the benefit so make them pay the cost. Also any comments regarding that this will benefit the whole city are strictly a matter of opinion. Show the facts and data that this improvement will be beneficial to the entire community? Report Reply 2 replies · active 297 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 297 weeks ago While driving on the south side of town last week early in the morning to give my son a ride to work I noticed a lot of kids walking to school on the south side of the tracks. I have a suggestion that would help our kids a lot. Put in shelter areas on the walk ways to and from schools for these kids, my God it must have been 17 degrees and they was standing in the open elements waiting for the trains to go by. That is totally preventable by having shelters for the to get into waiting out trains while crossing the tracks to get to school. I would have never thought of this if I had not witnessed it myself. To me that would be a justifiable expense to look into. Another thing that needs looked into is traffic signs for side streets on C street. Report Reply 1 reply · active 297 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down craig · 296 weeks ago unfortunately, one of our leaders would then want cameras and an anti-aircraft battery mounted on that shelter, along with a keyed sallyport and then hold a special election and send all the parents over to the Frye complex to give her what she wants at our expense. Report Reply 0 replies · active 296 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — As far as business goes, the Wellington City Council had a rather mild meeting Tuesday. But there was considerable debate about how city money is being spent.The biggest debate revolved around the purchase of a 2015 full size extended cab pickup truck for the utility billing department. Later, the council discussed the Quiet Zones and how the proposed costs of that project is spiraling out of control.The council was rather small Tuesday night with members John Brand and B.J. Tracy not in attendance. Since September, Brand has been absent for 50 percent of the regularly scheduled meetings. He was not in attendance on Sept. 16, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2.By a 3-2 vote with Mayor Roger Stallbaumer casting the tie-breaking vote, the council voted to purchase a 4×4 Full extended Ford F-150 pickup for $25,588 from Koehn Motors. Council members Kelly Green and Jan Korte cast the negative votes while Jim Valentine and Vince Wetta approved the motion. At issue was whether or not the utility department needed a full size 4-wheel drive extended pickup when a compact one would do.  Korte said the biggest complaint she receives from her constituents is the amount of money that is being spent on city equipment.Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields, who at the time was the interim city manager, put out bids for a 4×4 compact pickup at the request of the utility department, who was going to give the old pickup to the city electric department. In turn the electric department was going to put a 1997 Ford Ranger up for auction.The budget allowed for $26,840 for the utility department pickup purchase. But the council received no bids on a compact pickup, but did get two from Koehn for the full size variety – which was still under budget.The motion was made reluctantly by Wetta and Valentine second it. Wetta said he was going to go with the motion only because it is such a good deal.“I agree we have bought a lot of things, lately,” Wetta said. “But it is going to be budget time before we know it again. And it is going to be a lot tougher to spend money on new equipment. Local governments are not going to get the money from the state that we are used to… things are going to get a lot leaner.“This council is going to be real reluctant of spending money on new equipment.”Later in the meeting, the quiet zones were discussed again. It was mentioned at the Oct. 7 meeting that the proposed quiet zones would cost the city $223,637 instead of the $100,000 or less that was originally estimated (see story here). The quiet zone proposal which would allow train engineers the option of not sounding their horns in the residential neighborhood in South Wellington by making the intersections impossible to pass through by travelers, appears to be dying a quick death. The discussion Tuesday was how quickly can the council dump the idea of the project. However, the design engineer estimates are expected to come in the early part of 2015, and it was decided to hear the proposal since the city came this far with the project. In other business:• Korte suggested the city implement a plan to build and improve on sidewalks around the community to be reviewed on a yearly basis. Virginia Swecker, a Wellington resident, had asked the council to consider putting in a sidewalk from North A Street to Woodlawn Avenue along U.S. 160 in a previous meeting.•The council approved an amendment to the 2014 Budget that would allow $169,203 of unused funds designated for the Vandenburgh Avenue project to be transferred for the payment of debt services of the project’s bonds.•Council approved a small increase for truck tire waste disposal at the Wellington Transfer Station.Follow us on Twitter.last_img

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