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Money could be better spent

July 12, 2013

To the editor: I visit the Jaycee Park off Beach Parkway almost every day and always appreciate the open space and natural environmen....

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lightswitch

Jul-17-13 1:01 AM

Good to know that it is mandated by the state and is something that can not be completely taken out of the budget. I am serious thank you Edward 44 for that.

So hopefully the city reduced the number of sweeper operators when it received the reduction in wages, Insurances (health & life), and pensions (that are much more costly than probably the 100% put into a 401k plan and the amount paid into payroll tax deduction for social security and medicare. But more than likely they just moved the nutshells around in their proverbial shell game and rounded the staff number to 1,200 employees.

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Edward44

Jul-14-13 6:14 PM

JJ.....why don't you and Nick Tomicelli go out somewhere and have a drink. It might lead to true love

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linda53

Jul-14-13 6:04 PM

We could ask King,Deile,Brandt and Kuhen to take over the street sweeping..they like getting free stuff

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1Edray

Jul-13-13 9:12 PM

JJSully- The City workers did a much better job of street sweeping. Wouldn't have been blowing dust around the park either.

The truck sleeping comments get really old.

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JJSully

Jul-13-13 2:12 PM

Street sweeping was outsourced and I am sure if it was not cleaned that would be your complaint as well. If it had been a city worker you would not have had a complaint, they would have been asleep in the truck.

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bobbie

Jul-13-13 12:26 PM

I hope not, EDRAY, the rain washing it down the drains defeats the purpose. Sometimes we just can't win for trying, but we still have to keep trying.

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1Edray

Jul-13-13 11:51 AM

Just occurred to me the improvement might be due to all the recent rain washing the road surface. Couldn't say for sure.

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1Edray

Jul-13-13 11:48 AM

The street sweeping was outsourced which wasn't a bad idea in theory. However IIRC, it wasn't any cheaper. The quality of the work has absolutely gotten worse. I regularly skate and cycle the bike lanes in SW Cape with a number of friends. We noticed a big difference once the switch was made. More debris is on the roads and they are less frequently swept. It has been better the past few months, but still not close to what it was before. Go back to the vac system. Private or public doesn't matter to me. Just do the job right.

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bobbie

Jul-13-13 11:46 AM

GEEZ!!! Is there no end to ignorance and an uncaring attitude toward our environment in some of these letter writers. Thank you Edward, NanaII and some others for helping to teach our citizens about caring for our city and our world.

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NanaII

Jul-13-13 10:53 AM

Edward 44 nailed it. This is a State mandated part of our storm-water management agreement. The "fine particulates" from motor vehicle exhaust must be routinely swept to prevent them from washing into the storm-water system and the canals, which could pollute surface waters.

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outinside

Jul-12-13 9:53 PM

lightswitch ~ "The PEOPLE have spoken--would you pul-eaze put a cork in it!"

Switch~OFF

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CapeCoralCuestions

Jul-12-13 9:01 PM

@ Laura: princess, you need to get a life. How very boring for you that you have nothing better to talk about than street sweeping! Not civil rights, poverty, ecology? yeah, uhuh. @litwich: you and your RAG-o-saurs tried and****near did RUIN this city. Now that the VOTERS elected the council of THEIR choice, your ego just can't stand it. Leest and Sully are soon to follow. The PEOPLE have spoken--would you pul-eaze put a cork in it!!

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Edward44

Jul-12-13 6:35 PM

the truth according to the gospel of Towler. It works almost as good as his tree eradication program. Blow it off to the side and go on, great operation.

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lightswitch

Jul-12-13 5:48 PM

Yes Kristen and we are cleaning the streets and more cost effective too.

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lightswitch

Jul-12-13 5:44 PM

Works for me due to the fact that not much was being picked up by the vacuum. Plus one less city staff with many more paid holidays, higher wage and overtime, insurance and pension. Outsource was less and gave the company a profit to boot. Amazing...just amazing!

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Eileyn

Jul-12-13 4:33 PM

Oh I can tell you what a city looks like that isn't street swept, I was just in a few other cities in the south, and I don't want to go back. Filthy.

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Eileyn

Jul-12-13 4:33 PM

Oh I can tell you what a city looks like that isn't street swept, I was just in a few other cities in the south, and I don't want to go back. Filthy.

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KirstenThompson

Jul-12-13 4:27 PM

Street sweeping is unnecessary? One only needs to look at the difference between a city that performs routine street sweeping and one that does not to appreciate why it is done. For example, have you ever been to downtown Portland, OR? The streets are so clean you can almost eat off them. It sure makes a good impression on visitors and businesses considering setting up in their city and the taxpayers can visibly see how their money is being used. I'll take clean streets any day over garbage strewn streets.

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Edward44

Jul-12-13 2:53 PM

The street sweeping is mandated by the State to keep pollutants from washing into the canals and the river. The unit you saw is a "contract outsource" company that got put in place during the last administration. When it was done by city equipment and staff, they used a vac system and followed a pattern route. Sweep trucks were cheaper, you get what you pay for.

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1sandy

Jul-12-13 7:14 AM

They complain if there is no street sweeping and they complain if there is. Say, can the City only do things when I'm not around so I'm not bothered by noise and dust? Bwahahahaha!

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onlythetruth

Jul-12-13 6:32 AM

Words escape me..........that is how foolish you appear to be through your choice of words.

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