Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Breaking News: DPW Subcommittee Votes For Another Backhoe

Ken O’Brien

The DPW subcommittee voted tonight to recommend that the town purchase another backhoe, following the approval by the town council at its last meeting to approve purchase of one.

The subcommittee agenda item approved an expenditure of $121,000 for this purchase.

The opinion expressed by those close to the matter was that the sewer department felt that it did not have adequate access to the backhoe already approved and it needed one of its own.


Paul Zotos recorded the meeting and we hope to have a visual record in the near future.

7 comments:

  1. Spinelli/clemence NOT!June 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    I just cant believe what Im hearing TWO backhoes at $121,000.00 thousand dollars each in a week, A sweeper at 170,000.00 dollars a couple of weeks ago WOW this Tax and spend leadership should be tard an feathered in front of the town hall. They were funded by water and sewer enterprise funds. Watch your sewer and water rates go up! If I were those people in the brookside road charlton street area where the tornado hit I would be alittle upset hows your drainage doing these days? Remember the two incumbent who supported all three pieces of equipment are up for election VOTE THEM OUT! This is just plain being blatant toward the tax payers.

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    1. TRUST ME.....the news of this SECOND backhoe purchase is quickly making it's way around our neighborhood (charlton st, brookside rd & 169) and we are RIPPING!!! we have been told time and time again that the town doesn't have money to help us all with tree removal, drainage fixes, general maintinance.......BUT THEY CONTINUE TO SPEND SPEND SPEND!!!!! what the hell are they going to use these pretty new backhoes for? certainly not to help us....don't want to dirty them up. what the hell can we do? almost our whole neighborhood showed up last wednesday night to demand answers on why we still haven't seen a single thing done in our area as far as drainage easement. daley "promised" to "look into it by the end of july". thanks....it's been over a year, our yards flood every time it rains but atleast they are going to "look into it" I'VE HAD IT WITH THIS TOWN.....DO YOUR JOBS BECAUSE I PROMISE YOU WE ARE ALL AT THE END OF OUR ROPES

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  2. This is made possible in part by the looting of our landfill fund to the tune of roughly $500k per year. If you think tax increases are bad now, wait until the landfill closes and we lose this river of cash. We need councilors who can set priorities and force the administration to live within its means.

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  3. pissed off taxpayerJune 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    To anonymous 9:01, You ask what you can do show them by throwing clemence and spinelli out June 26th they voted for all three pieces! you call a family member they call a friend they call a neighbor and so on get to the poles and show them you have had it. If I remember last year there were only three councilors in those neighborhoods lending a hand Logan, Lazo and McDonald the rest were lip service including Clark. Mr. Butler stop begging you shouldnt have to. Use your power the constitution gave you and your neighbors and vote them OUT!

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    1. To be specific, Butch and I were walking around collecting information to present to the Governor later in the week. Steve was the guy covered in sweat and saw dust removing fallen trees from people's houses. No need to rely on money, influential friends and access to lawyers when what's needed is a strong back and a willingness to get your hands dirty.

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  4. Afternoon Ken
    I just have to make comment from Florida. I have been reading and following things on your site and reading about it in both the Southbridge News and the T&G. Maybe I should just keep my comments to myself but here it is. With difficult times still effecting the residents of Southbridge I can not understand why the leadership of the community keep on spending the monies of the taxpayers. I am not so opposed of buying the one backhoe but buying another because one department needs are greater than sharing is just (lets say) BS. Council should say NO to this expense. They should tell the departments that arrangements need to be made between them when this equipment or any other piece that may be needed or shared. Emergencies have priority and if two emergencies happen than rent one. Its a shame that the spending keeps on going on. It has to come under control. Times are still difficult and people are still struggling. Councilors I hope you say NO.

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  5. A Chenier supporterJune 13, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    George, I have to say you in florida and can see this tax and spend leadership is out of control. I couldnt agree with you more! My regards to Annie and the rest of your family and hope your doing well, we miss you up here.

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