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sharon

Boston, MA

#1 Aug 3, 2012
The BOA recently approved a money transfer from the citys meter receipt account to the parking dept. in the amount of $120,000 to buy 4 new vehicles for the traffic enforcement officers. They claim the amount of driving they do causes a lot of repairs. The vehicles are only 3 years old. How much mileage can they possibly have on these cars? How much repairs and maintenance need to be done? Is this really necessary or is this another example of wasteful spending? I would think that this money could be put to better use ,maybe to update the fire and police vehicles .They probably have much older cars that they are using.
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Malden, MA

#2 Aug 3, 2012
It's not necessarily the mileage as much as the wear & tear. The vehicles have multiple drivers & are used around the clock.

There are restrictions on what the meter receipts can be used for. Basically, they can only be used for items directly related to parking like parking lots, meters, & department expenses. They do transfer funds to supplement the parking department expenses but they can't be transferred to the general fund or anything that isn't parking related like police or fire vehicles.
well

United States

#3 Aug 3, 2012
Are we to believe that one can not WALK all of Everett in an 8 hour meter maid shift?!

Boston Maids WALK

Cambridge Maids walk and RIDE BICYCLES!

Why do Everett Maids get special treatment?
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Malden, MA

#4 Aug 3, 2012
They probably could but the decision was made a few years ago to put them in vehicles which allows them to cover more territory, faster, than they could on foot. Are the Boston & Cambridge Enforcement Officers authorized to tag all parking violations like they are here in Everett or do they just do meters?
Harlan

Malden, MA

#5 Aug 3, 2012
Somebody has got some parking ticket issues.
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Malden, MA

#6 Aug 3, 2012
Harlan wrote:
Somebody has got some parking ticket issues.
I was thinking the same thing. Seems like the people who complain are the ones who park where they're not supposed to, get a ticket, & then they have to throw someone else under the bus. And they especially like to refer to the parking enforcement people as meter maids. Apparently they feel better by trying to demean them & their job.

They make pretty decent money. It's not a job I would want but the pay isn't bad & it's respectable.
well

United States

#7 Aug 3, 2012
I haven't gotten a single parking ticket in Everett in the 29 years I've been driving here.
I have a driveway and I use it,
so you might want to rethink that theory.

I have, however, had to stop my car, and wait for meter maids blocking Everett streets in both the smart cars, and their personal cars.

They stop in the middle of side street intersections, blocking two streets at once,
like I saw this week.

They back up one ways,
while looking for parking stickers, instead of watching the road,

they even manage to completely block streets with that tiny smart car.

Between 4 & 5 am is the worst,
they treat all the streets like their personal driveways.

THAT is the reason I complain about them.
well

United States

#8 Aug 3, 2012
As far as Boston & Cambridge Maids tagging for other violations,
they tag for inspection stickers, resident parking, hydrants, distance from corners, distance from curbs, over the time limit, etc etc.

And somehow they manage to spend 8 hours on their feet, or on a bicycle without blocking intersections or wasting taxpayers money on gas and cars.
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Malden, MA

#9 Aug 3, 2012
If that's the case, contact the Parking Clerk & complain. There's no one here that can change what they're doing.

Michaelle Karas. You can find her number on the city website.
well

United States

#10 Aug 3, 2012
They drive horribly, park horribly, and are actually more of a hazard to other drivers than the illegally parked cars they issue fines against.

Do you really think their boss is unaware of that?

Instead of beating my head off the wall trying to *fight* city hall,
I chose to exercise my right as a free citizen to point out their horrible behavior in a public place.

Thank you for the naming the responsible party though.
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Malden, MA

#11 Aug 4, 2012
Their boss has been on the job for a very short period of time so she may not be aware of it. Mr Kelly was very easy going, it's possible Ms Karas isn't. It's worth a try!
sharon

Boston, MA

#12 Aug 4, 2012
Here we go wrote:
It's not necessarily the mileage as much as the wear & tear. The vehicles have multiple drivers & are used around the clock.
There are restrictions on what the meter receipts can be used for. Basically, they can only be used for items directly related to parking like parking lots, meters, & department expenses. They do transfer funds to supplement the parking department expenses but they can't be transferred to the general fund or anything that isn't parking related like police or fire vehicles.
I would like to see the repair log for these vehicles. It seems to me that in heavy city traffic driving their might be more repairs in a certain area than others like the suspention system from riding over potholes or the braking system from stop and go traffic. But even if you replace a shock absorber or strut for example it should last more than a year. What are the parts they are constantly changing? I think this was fabricated to help justify the purchase of the new vehicles.
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Malden, MA

#13 Aug 4, 2012
Not sure what the problem is here since the money is available & can't be used for anything except the Parking Department. Not spending it isn't going to help any other area of the city finances. If you think about it, because of the vehicles, more tickets are issued & that money does go to the general fund. It's only METER income that can't be used for anything else so in reality, by spending that money for reliable vehicles, they're increasing revenue to the city.

There also hasn't been any mention of what they're doing with the toy cars. They may be able to put them to use by another department that would allow them to only have one driver & not being used 24/7.
well

United States

#14 Aug 4, 2012
Here we go wrote:
Not sure what the problem is here since the money is available & can't be used for anything except the Parking Department. Not spending it isn't going to help any other area of the city finances. If you think about it, because of the vehicles, more tickets are issued & that money does go to the general fund. It's only METER income that can't be used for anything else so in reality, by spending that money for reliable vehicles, they're increasing revenue to the city.
There also hasn't been any mention of what they're doing with the toy cars. They may be able to put them to use by another department that would allow them to only have one driver & not being used 24/7.
At the end of each year,
each department is asked to return any unused funds back to the city.

Am I understanding you correctly that you believe the Parking Department is operating at a profit,
and they can't return unused money to the city because ALL the money they use is generated through meters and tickets, thereby only usable by themselves?
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Malden, MA

#15 Aug 4, 2012
well wrote:
<quoted text>
At the end of each year,
each department is asked to return any unused funds back to the city.
Am I understanding you correctly that you believe the Parking Department is operating at a profit,
and they can't return unused money to the city because ALL the money they use is generated through meters and tickets, thereby only usable by themselves?
Go back & reread what I said. METER receipts can ONLY be used by the Parking Department. Parking Ticket income goes to the General Fund. If you get the numbers, you'll find that the Parking Department is extremely profitable for the city.

Turning back unused funds at year end only relates to a department's budget. It has nothing to do with revenue generated.
reason

Medford, MA

#16 Aug 4, 2012
I think the cars should be traded in as soon as the warranty runs out.
well

United States

#17 Aug 4, 2012
Here we go wrote:
<quoted text>
Go back & reread what I said. METER receipts can ONLY be used by the Parking Department. Parking Ticket income goes to the General Fund. If you get the numbers, you'll find that the Parking Department is extremely profitable for the city.
Turning back unused funds at year end only relates to a department's budget. It has nothing to do with revenue generated.
If the meters are so profitable,
and their receipts are so high,
why do they receive money from the city budget at all?

They in fact do use taxpayer funds in support of parking enforcement,
so give us OUR money back, and use the meter receipt surplus for those expenses instead.
sharon

Acton, MA

#18 Aug 4, 2012
Peter Pietrantonio was quoted in the Advocate as saying "The smart cars developed significant repair problems." I was just questioning what these problems were for cars only three years old and was this the best use of this money .
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Malden, MA

#19 Aug 4, 2012
sharon wrote:
Peter Pietrantonio was quoted in the Advocate as saying "The smart cars developed significant repair problems." I was just questioning what these problems were for cars only three years old and was this the best use of this money .
City Services isn't equipped to repair the Smart Cars & the extended warranty that was purchased for each vehicle has ended. That particular vehicle was suggested by a member of the Common Council because it was small & economical. In reality, it was a poor choice & each vehicle has spent a lot of time back at the dealership being repaired or waiting for them to figure out what the heck was wrong with it in the first place!

Now that the city would have to pay for repairs, it's not practical to keep using them.
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Malden, MA

#20 Aug 4, 2012
well wrote:
<quoted text>
If the meters are so profitable,
and their receipts are so high,
why do they receive money from the city budget at all?
They in fact do use taxpayer funds in support of parking enforcement,
so give us OUR money back, and use the meter receipt surplus for those expenses instead.
You obviously need a reading comprehension course. I didn't say the meters were "so profitable", I said the Parking Department was profitable. They receive money from the budget because by law, that's the way the city is required to handle city finances.
If you want anymore information, go to city hall & get it yourself. Maybe someone there can get though to you since I can't. I'm not sure if you're that stupid, or just choose to be a jerk but either way, this "conversation" is over.

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