Saturday, February 18, 2017
Highway hands tied again and again.
I have strong concerns that the vehicle expense account will not have enough funds in the account to repair and service the town fleet until June 30th. As you may recall $20,000 was taken from this account to repair a water pump on the Towns ladder truck. Without a transfer back to this account, vehicles will have to be parked until July 1st. If this happens the Town has only one mechanic, it will take time to restore service to the vehicles that need repairs.
So with the cost of fire equipment now added to the budget for town vehicles how do the funds stretch as far as needed? They don't!
When we raided the fire ambulance funds last year to pay the snow and ice bill did we get told of the possible short falls we now see?
So we cut the highway budgets and snow and ice budgets and the help so where are the fixes we were told would come after the action they took. We were lied to at town meeting last year when we were told the money we transferred from fire to snow and ice would not effect their operation. Has it?
I guess you could say they can't pay to fix their own equipment.
I guess with nothing to lose we may get more information from some people with nothing to lose.
Is Templeton in a state of turmoil or is this the norm for a town that can't get it's shit together?