Big Vs. Itty Bitty

   Some years back, the City replaced all of its' signature Cushman Jeep parking enforcement vehicles with Ford SUVs.


I wrote about that at the time, and was critical. The old Cushman Jeep types were small and cheap, and even cheaper to operate.

    The powers that-be disagreed, said the Cushmans were out of date, hard to repair, not fitting for a City of our standing!

     But look at what's new ! .............


     Yup ! There is a new sheriff in town, proverbially speaking -  (Feldman), the new Department is called Transportation and Mobility, and the new buzz word around City Hall is sustainability. 

 The City now owns 5 Smart Cars in the parking division.

     At about  $15,000, Smart Cars are about $5000 cheaper than the Fords, and get about a zillion miles to the gallon. The City still operates 8 Ford SUVS.


     The reviews on the new cars are as diverse as the fleet.

      Some parking employees don't like the new Smart cars. They say they are too small and don't hold enough gear. They say the $5000 in savings don't make up for the operational difficulties.

      Others say the Smart Cars are the best thing since sliced bread.

      No word yet on what the new sheriff thinks! 

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  • 4/29/2013 1:40 PM Marge wrote:
    What kind of gear do they have to carry? Sounds like a great idea to me. Go green!
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  • 4/30/2013 8:15 AM Frank Link wrote:
    The next big savings to the city should be the elimination of the mounted police. What a waste of money!
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    1. 4/30/2013 4:01 PM America wrote:
      Why not find out the cost before opening your mouth. I guarantee its a lot less then you think. We citizens want the mounted police. If they bother you move to a town where they don't have them.
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    2. 4/30/2013 8:42 PM just horsing around wrote:
      Frank NO.

      The hrses were/almost were eleiminated a few years back. The "Horses" are good PR for any law enforcement. because a couple of fll cops are on them is negligible. the horses are good for crowd control situations where cars can't get in. Everyone likes horses, I believe they only have 4 left "on patrol'.
      give it a break and find somehing else to cut.
      after attending tonights budget advise board city commish mtg we got far bigger problems than taking care of a few horses

      Tim if you think your MRT-SMR- NE 13th St needs attention then do post on the discussion tonite by your electeds
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  • 4/30/2013 8:44 AM John Henry wrote:
    Speaking of the Meter Maids-----Has anyone noticed that the City has recently changed enforcement hours on alot of their downtown meters? Little or no warning was given to the public. Assuming people are being ticketed like crazy. Total scam.
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  • 5/1/2013 8:01 PM City activist Robert walsh wrote:
    Oh Lee Feldman is doing a lot more than just ticketing you(to the last blogger). Announcing that he is almost 20million in the hole. He is broke. I say cash in some of that stock, which the Market has been doing great(300mill of your money folks). Cash in Lee. No way are you raising the fire assessment or raising these home owners taxes. Watch him people he is a weasel.(kiss his ass some more Chief Adderly)
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  • 5/2/2013 12:55 PM truth hurts wrote:
    you tell 'em City activist Robert Walsh
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  • 5/2/2013 6:35 PM City Activist Robert Walsh wrote:
    Thank you for your commnet sir/madam. Feldman would tell you Mr.Walsh is out of his mind. That the money(300mill) is from the pension funds, and not tax payer funds. Which part don't you understand Lee, if you fail and that stock goes belly up(like your gut-oh you got plenty of company)who bails your ass out -funds from the taxpayer(resident).So, so much for him telling you I don't know what I am talking about.Also ask Bugsy to show you all the staff he has hired. Ask him what is up w/ these(get this) his "interm admin ast". More importantly see what he is paying them along w/ his inner circle(ast.managers). Who by the way refer to him(most) as a "weasel". Oh I know Lee i'm crazy(not for you).....
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