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Salem council still looking at ladder truck funding options

July 31, 2013

SALEM — City Auditor Betty Brothers suggested moving $60,000 left over from a grant to rehire two firefighters to a fund for a new fire department ladder truck....

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Aug-02-13 9:54 AM

I believe Salem has a Class 1 rating which affects everyone of us for fire insurance,

This is based on many factors . I know that includes a ladder truck of some kind,

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Aug-02-13 9:30 AM

I heard a guy make the comment that the reason to buy this truck was because of the height of the new hospital building.He said something about the hospitals insurance cost would be sky high unless the city had a ladder truck that would reach the upper floors.

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Aug-01-13 10:49 AM

Sure go ahead and put yourself on that committee. Let's do a STUDY!!! I'm sure you know all there is to know about buying fire trucks. Including the state bid process. You people kill me!!

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Aug-01-13 10:33 AM

Anyone want to tie this in to the council article talking about how much less money we for sure will have next year?

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Jul-31-13 7:57 PM

There's your chance for both of you.

Get right down there and put your money where you mouth is

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Jul-31-13 7:47 PM

Watchdog. You are absolutely correct. Most elected officials have no experience purchasing items worth this kind of money. Expert unbiased assistance would pay for itself.

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Jul-31-13 2:11 PM

Do you know what is the most watched procurement made by any municipality when it comes to expenditures of tax dollar funding? Fire trucks.

I think it's time to strengthen some local ethics requirements in this city and maybe enhance Public Transparency and Disclosure. Do you know what the number one hindering problem is when it comes to this type of expenditure. Municipalities just like city councils that are the "dark" and blind trust. That bid process can make or break municipality especially when the possibility of an investigation into the procurement occurs "after the fact". That's why States encourage municipalities to seek advice when it comes this type of procurement. It is amazing what a community analysis can make a difference not only when "Fighting fires but PREVENTING FIRES" and equipment that may or many NOT be needed.

Maybe it's time for city council to exam all aspects for this expenditure at had.

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