$50,000 BMW need $200 in repairs?
If so, do
what Chief O'Brien recommends: Don't fix
the car, just buy a new one!
Monday night, Fire Chief Richard O'Brien came
before the Board of Selectmen to request
authorization to spend money to repair Engine 1
and Engine 5. According to O'Brien, repairs
on Engine 1 will cost $2,000 and Engine 5 will
require replacement of a pump housing at a cost of
roughly $20K-$30K. Selectmen authorized the
what I found most significant was that Chief
O'Brien cautioned against fixing Engine 5,
saying, "It just doesn’t make much sense to pour that kind of money in a truck that’s basically at the end of its lifespan at this
point.” His solution? Just buy a new
Engine at a cost of over $500,000.
gets better. O'Brien also wants to replace
Engine 1. Yes, that's the one he
wanted to replace last year, the one that can be repaired
for only $2,000.
"It’s my recommendation to replace both those trucks next year, basically to eliminate this aging section of the fleet that’s causing us heartache and causing us issues."
Heartaches? Let's talk about 'heartaches' for a moment,
How about the heartache Goffstown taxpayers are
suffering right now - and we don't even have our
new tax bills yet.
How about the
additional heartache those taxpayers would endure
trying to foot the bill for over $1 million worth
of fire trucks that
can be repaired and kept in service for a combined
Spending over $500,000 to replace Engine 1 when it
can be repaired for $2,000 is like spending
$50,000 to replace your BMW when it can be fixed
for a couple hundred bucks. Add to that the
cost of replacing Engine 5 as well? Give me
someone with an incredible sense of entitlement
who is completely out of touch with what is going
on around here could even suggest replacing
these two trucks right now.
Not having two shiny new fire trucks may cause Chief O'Brien some
'heartache', but I'm
more interested in preventing the heartache such a
purchase would cause those of us who would be footing
the bill for these new toys.
Find yourself another cure for your 'heartache', Chief. Fix the
trucks you already have for a fraction of the cost of
replacing them, then
spend the rest of your time looking for ways to
reduce spending and streamline operations.
It may not cure what's ailing you, but it sure as
hell will go a long way towards curing what's
ailing Goffstown taxpayers: Wasteful and
unnecessary spending of our money.
GOFFSTOWN NEWS ARTICLE
Chief now wants two new engines
Guy Caron can be
reached via e-mail at: GuyC@GoffstownResidentsAssociation.com
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