Cove approves purchase of waste trucks

Jun 19, 2012 Full story: Killeen Daily Herald

By Mason W. Canales Killeen Daily Herald COPPERAS COVE - The City Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of two new solid waste trucks for about $314,000. An automated side-loader solid waste collection truck and a rear-loader solid waste collection vehicle will replace two of the city's older solid waste vehicles, said James Trevino, public ... (more)

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wondering

Stephenville, TX

#1 Jun 22, 2012
this is where the money goes instead of our pay raise
Foo Mann Chew

Copperas Cove, TX

#2 Jun 23, 2012
Of course. Your City Manager gets what she wants.
Kenn Smith

Waco, TX

#3 Jun 25, 2012
wondering wrote:
this is where the money goes instead of our pay raise
Those vehicles were purchased using funds from previously issued bonds intended to purchase neeeded city equipment. To divert those funds to the general fund for compensation packages or any other use whould be illegal.
Foo Mann Chew

Copperas Cove, TX

#4 Jun 25, 2012
Then why wasn't it used?
You people treat it like it is a rainy day fund. Let's get the fools in Cove to approve a $15 million bond issue, but we'll only blow half of it, so when we need a SWAT vehicle, two new garbage trucks or add another 18 holes to the dead-end golf course we'll just write a check.
Kenn Smith

Waco, TX

#5 Jun 26, 2012
Foo Mann Chew wrote:
Then why wasn't it used?
You people treat it like it is a rainy day fund. Let's get the fools in Cove to approve a $15 million bond issue, but we'll only blow half of it, so when we need a SWAT vehicle, two new garbage trucks or add another 18 holes to the dead-end golf course we'll just write a check.
I posted only to clarify for the OP that the funds used for the purchase of the garbage trucks could not have been used for employee raises. I will post one more comment on your post then I'm done.

Why didn't we use all of it, you ask. Let me ask you, when you have money do you spend it all at once or try to reserve some for evolving needs? Four years ago we probably didn't need two garbage trucks, this year we do. So bond funds were conserved to pay for evolving needs. This and the previous council would have been poor stewards of funds had we spent them all at once.

The 18 hole golf course comments passes the bounds of reality. We couldn't spend bond funds for that if we wanted to and there isn't enough room for 1 more hole, much less 18, in the present complex.

I voted against purchase of the SWAT vehicle, as did councilmen Youngs and Palmer, but it was a 4-3 vote. I didn't object to spending the funds I just thought that there would be broader benefit to the city buying other equipment.

A last comment. Later this year there is an election in which the mayor's seat and two council seats are up for grabs. If you really think you have all the answers, or even one answer, toss your hat in the ring and get yourself elected. I did in 2010 and haven't regretted a day of it.

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