Sunday, June 27, 2010


Every other week England is trying to find ways to increase fees, but in the next breath he wants to renegotiate a Sanitation Contract which is not up until 2012.

Let's take a look at his recent s**m he is trying to pull. You be the judge:

Current Contract Terms:

* Scheduled to end 2012

* Current charge by Contractor to City for 2010 is $16.03 per house.

*Current charge by City to residents for 2010 is $16.63 per house.

* Contractor has an annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase included in contract for 2011 and 2012.

* Pick up household garbage and recyclables.

Proposed Contract & Terms:

* All terms under contract plus these additional or amendments:

- Rate charged by Contractor to City is reduced to 2009 level of $15.18 and frozen to end of contract (2015). No CPI yearly adjustment, however adjustment for fuel costs will be part of contract should the cost of diesel go above $3.00 per gallon.

- Contractor will install garbage lids bought by city for residents cans at no additional charge to citizens or city will maintain future lid issues on cans (excluding the purchase of new lids as may be needed over a reasonable period of time based upon prioritization).

- Pick up normal yard waste (excluding unforeseen storm events that create massive debris and per attached specifications).

- Pick three (3) bulk items (which may include 1 passenger tire oer week as a bulk item).

Freedom Of Speech would like to say:

Has anyone checked the price of diesel fuel lately? Current prices are $2.90-$3.00 per gallon. Which if the new contract was enforced/signed the rate would automatically go up.

Common sense tells you if the company that has the contract and picks up our sanitation, damages the trash cans and lids shouldn't they be held liable for the damage?

Why not rebid the contract out? We know of two local company that will do what they are offering for less than $13.00 per resident!

If the contract is not up until 2012, why is England even involved? Is that fair to the new mayor elect in 2012?

What's in it for England to renegotiate this contract?

He's the mayor and he can do anything he wants, as long as he has the council stacked with his "I've got the dirt on you" wannabes.

Are we right, or wrong...Kevin, Diane or Jack?

It is our point of view here at Freedom Of Speech that until our local government gets back to the basics of governing, our City will continue to be a train wreck.

In order to solve many of our problems, we will have to do these things:

* Audit our entire 16 checking accounts

* All property in our City should be assessed properly [no more political favors]

* All fees, fines, permits and liens should be collected

* All departments salaries should be frozen

* All current contracts should be reviewed and rebidded out

* Our city should be run like a business and local government should live within the city budget

* Repay the following loans:

$5.3 million back to Sewers

$117,000 loan borrowed from our Sewer Fund and loaned to our General Fund in November of 2007

* Make all necessary cuts like take home cars, cell phones, free gasoline and city credit cards

* Park all take home cars our elected officials and appointed officials are driving

* Place all city budgets, financials and contracts on line for taxpayers to see

* We want our City Council to propose an "Ethics Law for accountability" to taxpayers

Our final thought is this:

Doug England is habitually saying one thing to one group, then something entirely different to other people. That is, if he thinks they want to hear it, or if it will benefit him.

"Duplicity, which Webster's dictionary defines as, contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action: the belying of one's true intentions by deceptive words or actions" perfectly describes this character flaw in England.

However, a more commonly used term is two-faced.

He is a man of true duplicity, who turns things for his own personal agenda and advantage.

We here at Freedom Of Speech "dare anyone" to prove us wrong!

Footnote: As they say: "You can't fix incompetence, it is what it is!"