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Opening Arguments

Modern times

Dang, what will Mayberry get next, electric lights?

MUNCIE -- A low-cost upgrade of computer equipment at fire stations will eliminate the costly expense of firefighters using fire trucks to deliver paperwork to the chief's office.

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The city administration estimates a $1,500 cost to taxpayers every time a fire trucks makes a run, based on the 6,066 runs made last year at a $9 million budget expense.

McShurley told Fire Chief Sean Burcham recently to order equipment that would allow firefighters to transmit maintenance, training and other reports electronically to the chief's office, now at City Hall, instead of having on-duty firefighters deliver paperwork by fire truck.

Computers can transmit documents? Who knew? The city was spending $9 million a year to haul documetns by firetruck, and nobody objected? This is the city that is laying off firefighters because it "doesn't have the money" to pay them.


Bob G.
Mon, 07/06/2009 - 10:03am


Somehow, I'm thinking this "could" be a Bill Cosby "OOPS" moment for the city of Muncie...
...Just a wild guess.


john b. kalb
Mon, 07/06/2009 - 2:12pm

Leo: This is the "fantastic" knowledge that can be obtained by governmental organizations when they subscribe to and financially support Graham Richard's High Performance Government Network (which Muncie is doing). Bright Minds arrive at very difficult-to-come-up-with solutions to governmental inefficiencies! In other words, "Comon sense does not exist within any governmental entity". John B. Kalb