Tahlequah Daily Press

Letters to editor

April 16, 2014

Central garage cost-effective

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

By having a central garage for all of the city’s vehicles they could afford considerable savings, as opposed to the present system of “everybody for themselves.”

I got the information that some of our vehicles are being serviced by the dealers. This is very expensive and totally unnecessary if the city hires certified mechanics and requires the vehicle manufacturers to provide the necessary repair, testing information and equipment as part of the sales agreement.

Times are tough for the vehicle manufacturers, so they will be willing to share the information to secure the sale.

Purchase of new equipment should be reviewed, buying the fanciest that they have to offer, is a waste of tax dollars and totally unnecessary. A lesser vehicle will get the job done equally well. We don’t need all of the bells and whistles for city employees to misuse or neglect into the ground.

Granted, there needs to be a priority system for the repairs. As an example, all emergency vehicles should have top priority, and then the others on a lower-need basis.

A review of what every department has spent for vehicle repairs in the last year could be enlightening. This will point out where the city needs to focus its attention and make the necessary changes.

There will have to be a competitive pay scale in order to attract and keep certified personnel. At the present time, the city is being nickel-and-dimed into the poor house, and no one seems to care.

Jerry Gay

Tahlequah

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