Monday, February 27, 2012

Southbridge Snow and Ice Account

Ken O'Brien

Questions have arisen regarding tonight's town council agenda.

Specifically, questions have arisen about item 13:
13. Vote to approve expenditure of up to an additional $50,000 for snow and ice removal in excess of available appropriations pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 44, Section 31D.


Here is the current standing of the town's snow and ice removal account:



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17 comments:

  1. Anyone know how this compares to last year?

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    1. According to Steve Lazo, it was at least $400,000.

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    2. Of course, we had a little more (ha ha) than 7 inches of snow last year.

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  2. Read this article by GoLocalWorcester about the Worcester County towns with the highest unemployment rates ... Guess which town tops the list? Southbridge, at 10 percent. Casandra Acly is quoted as saying the town has a low tax rate. Is she serious?

    http://www.golocalworcester.com/news/the-least-employed-towns-in-worcester-county/

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    1. Is she high?

      "Our taxes are low, our services are extremely high, and we feel Southbridge is the place to establish a business."

      Unemployment in Southbridge?

      We're number one! We're number one!

      Way to go, Sandy!

      If you want to open a chicken business, tattoo parlor, strip joint (which might actually make it here), or move into a non-existent business park, Make Southbridge Home.

      Otherwise, it would be easier to flush your capital for any business down the toilet.

      The highest property tax rate in Central Massachusetts.

      Sandy, you're a nice lady who's in a position that you're not qualified for.

      This is what we're paying you nearly $70,000 for?

      It's time to dump the tea overboard (not to be confused with the tea party).

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    2. Chicken is tasty, tattoos are awesome but a strip joint, now this makes me want to move to southbridge. Think about it- we can tax the plastic sugeons in town next, and tax the club at 5 % a dance. This is economics 101 :)

      The taxed pimp ;)

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  3. On another matter, according to today's Southbridge News, item 19:

    19. Vote to enter into contract with MHQ to purchase a F350 dump truck with small stainless steel sander body under the Plymouth County Commissioners Cooperative Procurement Contract in the amount of $43,500.

    Is solely to serve the sewer plant.

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    1. According to knowledgeable people with whom I've spoken, the sander and dump capability will overload an F350 and an F450 is what is really required.

      If they are correct we'll probably be paying for more frequent maintenance or a new truck very shortly.

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    2. My father-in-law worked for MHQ for a long time, and sold to police and municipalities. Oddly enough, most towns chose the lease option, which was cheaper, with a lower cost outlay.

      This being Southbridge, why not buy the wrong equipment, so that we can buy it again in two-years? By then, the department will not have asked for anything new "in years", and we can buy them more new stuff.

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  4. I just loved Chrissy’s tap dance tonight when John Pulawski asked him about the quality of some recent appraisals of town property.
    Clark gave us this award worthy terpsichore about how uncommon it is for a municipality to be selling a building and in his twenty one years of experience this was the biggest attempted sale of town property he had witnessed.
    Hey, Mr. Town manager, they’re buildings. They’re commercial property. What the hell difference does it make whether they were owned by the town of Southbridge or the Intergalactic Gargle Blaster and Widget Company? An appraisal of their value shouldn’t depend on who owns it (unless it’s the estate of Michael Jackson of course).

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    1. One of the many ways you can tell when Mr. Clark has been asked a question he doesn't want to answer is when he randomly refers to the fact that he's been working in his career field for over 20 years.

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  5. I’m curious to see how those appraisals come in. As I recall we were told that land at the Technology (gag reflex) Park were going to go for $35K per acre.
    Couple that with the beginning of the sale process for the ANR lots and Livengood’s mention in the subcommittee report on planning and development (which he chairs) of the possible sale of TechPark land to Mid-State Welding. Doesn’t he have a professional relation to Mid-State Welding?

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  6. This publicly embarrassing story is yet another example of the idiocy of Southbridge town government. We've barely had any snow, yet we're over budget because we didn't plan well. HUH? I'm sure people reading the Telegram story are thinking, "Oh that Southbridge. A bunch of dummies and druggies," because all you read in the paper about Southbridge are stories about drug dealers and dumb acts of government.

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  7. I wonder how much more "in debt" we'll be after tonight and tomorrow's snow storm ...

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  8. I know we had a mild winter, but doesn't anyone remember the snow storm we had in October? That may be where the money went.

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    1. All of last year cost us $675,000. Do you think that the one storm in October cost $200,000?

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  9. It's hard to take any of the above complaints serious, when this group does not want to change the current form of government, which allows the town manager (the unelected mayor who does not live here) to spend money as if it's his own, raise our taxes and utility bills as if this is Wellsley, and a town council which rubber stamps everything he does.

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