The website received a couple of emails from the Waterboro Town Manager. Always interesting to hear from TownHall. Especially when they waffle ! The bottom line, Gary, is that the bid system keeps us all honest. It is public knowledge. AND the final result lets people know who is doing what, when they have to do it, and HOW MUCH IT COSTS.
When all is said and done, Gary, we do not know how much we have saved, because there was no bid, there is no accounting, the bottom line is lost. Using Town Employees , renting equipment, even from the Public Works Director ,is all well and good, but if he wanted to show us how cheaply he could do it, and save the town money, then he should have put in a bid. The end result now, is simply the Public Works Director telling us he saved us money. You may be new enough to town to accept that, Gary, but most people in town when you use the phrase “Doug says” just chuckle.
To correct the record, the earth moving at the transfer station is not being done with equipment owned by Foglio Incorporated. We are renting both the large excavator and extra large dump truck….for 160 hours on each machine. We have CDL driver Nate on DPW staff and he drives the dump truck. Tommy operates the excavator. Together we have moved thousands of yards of material in the way of the salt shed foundation and building. We also dug the foundation hole…which is essentially ready for footing forms now. Rental fees may be in the $20-30K range….but it would have cost more if we had hired this work out.
Now that I think more on it….you may be partially correct in some equipment there being owned by Foglio. There was a dozer and perhaps loader needed this past 7-10 days to move some material and smooth out the site. But please remember that selectmen years ago (long before I arrived here) removed the need to go out to bid every time we needed to rent a piece of equipment. There is a price list that creates a set hourly price for what we pay per hour or day per type of equipment…no matter who the owner is. That was a good policy to set that saves me time and money. So if your complaint that there is Foglio equipment there when others did not have the chance to bid on supplying it…you do have a point. However, the cost to the taxpayer would be the same because we pay all vendors the same when we rent equipment and operator locally.
I did not want to buy a dump truck…but when I discovered we were paying around $65,000 per year on dump truck rentals ($600 per day with driver)…I knew we could save some money by owning one. We are going to buy it in the next couple of months so we have it for summer ditching/ road work and laying up some of the winter sand this fall. We will not eliminate renting trucks entirely…but we ought to save at least the principal and interest during year one…and hopefully more.