2018-04-10 / Letters

Contracts Instead of New Facility?

Glad to hear that the DCBOS is still debating a decision on the DPW, and may still avoid boondoggles like the Andel Inn or the Office of the Aging kitchen. Since the only dog I personally have in this fight is my [substantial] tax money, and, to quote Supervisor Tuthill, “... it isn’t personal....”, let me offer, again, the suggestion to expand the concept considerations to include the contracting of services to several locations in the service area. Of the many repair and service businesses in our area there are probably a number who can, and would be willing to, provide what’s needed on a contract basis. One way to find out, of course, is to solicit bids, certainly far cheaper than the multi-tens of thousands for consultations, archeological studies, environmental impacts, etc., etc., needed for new sites. If this option proves viable, consider the benefits: no new construction, which should have a depreciable life of 40 years [!]; [let me comment here that “...buildingin room for expansion...” is an expensive presumption on the future; contracts are easier and cheaper to expand or contract, if needed, than real estate and/ or buildings.]; a decentralized system will reduce travel to/from service routes; nothing will be removed from the tax rolls; no farmland or anything else will be paved over; no one area will bear the impact of a major facility; possibility of flood impact will be spread out over the several locations; existing businesses will be able to assume DPW work a lot sooner than a new facility can be [finally] built; no “modifications” to roads, bridges, utilities since they’re already doing similar work; no bids from a [?yr] flood plain; and since the rate of change in technology and climate in the 21st century is increasing more rapidly than ever, DPW will have the flexibility to adapt, since contract sites will also be adapting, no need for guesswork; lastly, the government [our money] is out of buying real estate, construction, and facility maintenance. Similar to each Supervisor’s vote, each of these items is weighted. One item, purchase and build, is worth 27 MILLION dollars, no cost overruns of course. To quote the renowned economist Groucho Marx, “A million here, a million there, and soon you’re talking about real money.”



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