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Wall DPW Restructuring Plan

Wall Township Committee's resturcturing plan for the Department of Public Works shows they failed to be Responsive, Open, and Responsible

  I was one of the 50 people who attending the Wall Township presentation on restructuring the DPW, outsourcing grass cutting, and acquiring 7 new garbage collection trucks.  The meeting and presentation once again confirmed the failures and inabilities of our government and elected officials. They failed to tape the meeting, so that it could be televised for people who could not attend. They failed to be totally open and transparent. They failed to show they had done (1) a complete total cost of acquisition analysis (2) a total cost of ownership analysis, or (3) a comparison of their proposal to hiring more employees.  Mr Bertrand claimed this project had been ongoing for 3 years, yet the public was only informed of it the week before the presentation.  This shows their failure to have an open government and public participation in the entire process.  They were unable to answer basic questions on the financing, interest, insurance, depreciation, maintenance, repair, fuel, and downtime costs that would be added to the $3.3M acquisition cost of new collection trucks. Mr Bertrand was unable to show the alleged $250,000 in savings he claimed at the beginning of the presentation when the financial numbers (that didn't add up) were shown.  They failed to mention that the current snow plows won't fit on the new trucks, and we will be faced with either buying plows (no cost figure), outsourcing snow plowing (no cost figure), or outsourcing plowing (no cost figure).  And Mr Bertrand actually admitted the township is failing to do all the DPW work that needs to be done.  Bertrand showed that no employee positions would be eliminated, and that 1877 manhours  (the full timei equivalent of 7.32 employees) would be reallocated to doing the unfinished DPW work.  Which begs the questions to be answered - why didt the township downsize and eliminate staff if they needed them to complete work?  And why wasn't a cost study done comparing adding 7 employees to buying 7 new trucks plus outsourcing grass cutting?   The Township Committee voted unanimously to move forward with their acquisition and outsourcing proposal that will cost much more than the $3.5M they state - in spite of their failure to do a complete financial analysis, their failure to do a cost comparison to adding employees instead of acquiring new equipment, and their failure to answer residents valid questions and concerns.  Their failure is a sham and a shame.  

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Wally Wall September 21, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Why did Wall go 18 years with the same paving buget ? Not even a dollar a year increase. Why does Wall have the worst roads in the country ? Allenwood road and Hurleyspond road. There is a trench in the center of the road and manholes sticking almost a foot high.In the real world the center of the roads are higher then the sides. Ranshorne Dr. a mine field except for the small part they did finally pave. Gee instead of down sizing the work force should these roads not been fixed first ? Wasnt their sloagan doing MORE with LESS !
Keith September 23, 2012 at 04:44 AM
I understand concerns about presenting all the information and facts about DPW restructuring plan; however a side by side comparison of purchasing 7 new trucks versus 7 new employees is ludicrous. I keep seeing this post and/or comment and its mind bogglingly. If you honestly don't know that 7 new trucks is cheaper than 7 new employees you have no concept of economy and shouldn't be allowed to think never mind vote!
Wally Wall September 23, 2012 at 02:01 PM
When Wall buys new trucks for the work force they buy the cheapest they can. Under powerd and barely suitable for the job. Look at the new compactor at the North side recycle center.Small and under power instead of replacing what was there. When it comes to new vehicles for the administrator,code enforcement and dpw formen they buy top of the line/ over kill.
Keith September 23, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Wow, I will make it really simple. When you hire an employee you have to pay for health benefits, pension, insurance(safety), training and safety certificates. It is not even in close....do the research, you sound ridiculous
Gary Faraci September 24, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I'll make it real simple Keith - no resource, no acquisition and total cost of ownership has been done. No analysis of fuel, insurance, maintenance,repairs, downtime, depreciation, replacment costs has been done. No comparison of equipment to employees analysis has been done. Just because the Committee and you say it's cheaper to buy (and buy again) equipment doesn't make it true Keith. You are the one that sounds ridiculous.
Wally Wall September 25, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Can you have a debate without name calling and insults ? You sound like Barney Frank !
Wally Wall September 25, 2012 at 09:34 PM
That was for Keith
W E Lang October 03, 2012 at 01:47 AM
When the story first broke that this was presented to the committee, my reaction was that it was a done deal. And the committee did not let us down. The only problem is that they are only concerned with their own agenda and not with the taxpaying residents they are suppose to represent. The figures presented do not add up and the total cost package has not been determined. Perhaps the Director should spend more time in effectively managing his department rather than trying to find ways to spend money without tangible results occuring.
Keith October 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM
What name did I call anyone Wally Wall?
Keith October 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Why waste money on a analysis that has been done before by other towns; not to mention its common sense. I will say it again: the insurance, benefits and pension far outweighs any vehicle purchase or maintenance, even if they purchased the "Denali" versions. Also all information is accessible to the public so feel free to do your own cost analysis.

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