Powder Springs Sanitation Should be Revisited

It is the duty of our elected officials, when faced with such a stark savings, to take advantage.

In the past I have written several articles . Today I will bring out some new information. For these articles I mailed Mayor Vaughn for her view of these subjects which I will try to incorporate into this and future articles. 

Last fall the Mayor and Council looked at out sourcing our sanitation to a private vendor. We almost did so. WE found that the service would be enhanced and cost less.

Why this was not followed up on is a mystery. One matter bothered some members and that was the eight employees who might be laid off. I argued that the vendor could most likely need experienced, hard working employees who know the routes and would fit in like a glove. I can't see that they could possibly offer less wages and benefits than the City. So that is where we are today.

The Mayor writes this column: " The City offers "excellent service" and "cuts cost yet maintains quality controls"

There is no argument that the service is what she says it is. In fact the Sanitation Department employees have the longest service record than any other.

However it is the duty of our elected officials, when faced with such a stark savings, to take advantage. This should have been followed through. Of course last November was elections and that sometimes interferes with decisions.

However elections come and go so why use that as an excuse not to look into this and other issues that I will be revisiting?

I was always hopeful that our community was above political considerations. And we often did make decisions that could have been costly at election time. At least that's what I thought. 

My past columns point out that our apathetic population knows so little of what goes on and the vote turnout is so low that if I was back in office none of my decisions would be colored with politics. I, like others, would simply continue to  do the right thing and explain the decision than or at our election, assuming anyone would bring it up!

Next time, the City Attorney issue.

Thanks for reading,

Tom Bevirt

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Psycho Coyote September 14, 2012 at 01:22 PM
"if I was back in office none of my decisions would be colored with politics"- You were there for 8 years and can not even remember the details of the sanitation discussions that were held! You have been out for 9 months, has some miraculous transformation occured? Take another blue pill and it will all be OK.
Charlie September 14, 2012 at 02:31 PM
"Next time, the City Attorney issue." Yummy!
Dwayne September 20, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Will somebody please explain to me what this former council member is rambling on about? Is he saying if nobody's watching he'd do the right thing, but if there were a bigger audience, poltics would play a role in his decision making? The city's satisfied with it's sanitation department, the employees like their jobs, and the citizens are happy with their service. Maybe it would be best to leave well enough alone and let the mayor and council do the job they were elected to do.
Ol' Pete September 20, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Mr. Bevirt, for Pete's sake (not just mine), why don't you just shut your yapper and move on?!? You had the chance to make a difference for 12 years on the City Council, and you did nothing but berate people who had worked hard and achieved success in their lives (developers, business owners, etc.). You did nothing about sanitation (by the way, those young men have mouths to feed, but you wouldn't understand that, would you?); you were as responsible as anyone else for the hiring of the many incompetent City Managers (looks like they've got a good one in there right now, but you had nothing to do with it); you did nothing about the so-called City Attorney issue (sounds like Mr. Calhoun is a solid and experienced guy to me). You were so darned ineffective, and now you act as if you are some guru on City matters. Anyone with any sense can see right through you, Tom, to see that you lost your perceived power when you lost your election, so you hide behind your computer and make derogatory statements about good men and women. I hope you aren't thinking about running for City Council again -- we don't need your kind of do-nothing representation in OUR city government, and I will work tirelessly to see that you and your co-horts don't get back in!


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