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I am interested to understand why number 3 is a high priority in light of number 1.
Was that not apparent by comments made by those that wish to expand the Community Center? Mr. Meyer was quite clear when he stated publicly that, "the fire dept got its rescue boat" and then went on to lament why can't the city support a community center that is used by its citizens. And I heard from council that safety is the highest priority, but no one wishes to consider the existing resources available or less costly options to securing our safety.
What I perceive is a city that is managed without any regard of resources that are provided by the county, such as a fire ALS rescue boat sitting in dock on the other side of the river on Isle of Capri or Collier county sheriff office. But the past council supported the purchase of the most expensive rescue boat in Collier County and the new council confirmed it. Now that was a shoddy analysis, given the cost other communities spend to address the SAME responsibility!!!!!!!!!!!!
Number 1, 2 and 3 priority should be financial management and software.
Your #1 and #3 priorities are extensions of director's self promotion. And honestly, some departments are better at promoting their cause with the Fire Department under Mr. Murphy the master of all. And that is what I witness. Just review the Mr. Pinter requests for capital projects vs Mr. Murphy and as of last night Mr. Milk.
If you really wish to impress the folks with your prowess and experience, you must ask yourself, why is an ambulance service run under Mr. Murphy so important? If you want to increase the cost of ambulance service then by all means get the city to provide the service. In fact, Mr. Murphy's claimed that the county would provide another EMS vehicle if the city would reopen station 51 on Elkam Circle several years ago. How is that going, the city provided the monies to restore Station 51, now is there a second County EMS vehicle? or is that now by the wayside?
I find it interesting Mr. Murphy can convince the city council to give him what he wants but NOT the county.
If you are truly a steward of efficient government operations I would widen my view, because some fire districts outside of Marco Island are consolidating while others are trying to maintain their fiefdoms. In fact, I can hear Mr. Murphy humming this modified quatrain:
Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!I smell the blood of a Citizen.Be he 'live, or be he dead,I'll grind his bones to make my bread.
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