Wynn, another water idea for you
Posted: 23 March 2014 08:07 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I just spoke to a friend of mine who lives in Naperville, Illinois, and he was having his backed-up drain cleaned out, and mentioned that it was only $50. He explained that the Water Department there has a plan where you pay them $50 a year for services. Here’s how it works. If you have stopped up drains, or leaks, or dripping faucets, you call the plumber, you pay the plumber $50 co-pay and the city covers the rest. It must be profitable for the city or they wouldn’t do it. Now this doesn’t cover remodeling your bath or kitchen or re-plumbing your house, just basic necessities. The city has contracts with several plumbing companies who bid and agree to certain rates. In return, that is who the city calls.
Interesting idea, I think.

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Posted: 23 March 2014 11:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I drove past the old police station on Friday.  Why is it, again, that the Parks and Recs. couldn’t remodel and update THAT space?  It’s a beautiful stone structure, with a huge park-like lot around it.

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Posted: 23 March 2014 07:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Silly…because they wanted a NEW one. You like new cars, don’t you?....Even though the older one works just fine. It is a matter of appearance. Always must look classy…even more so if someone else is paying for it.

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Posted: 23 March 2014 10:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I believe I recall the commissioners saying that that 5 blocks to the old police station was too far away from the city manager.  He wanted everyone snuggled up.

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Posted: 24 March 2014 09:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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But, Randall….what did you think of MY suggestion? (the topic of THIS post?
I’ll bet you would fork over $50 a year for such a service…of course that is per property.

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Posted: 24 March 2014 11:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Michael, purely by necessity, I long ago became the best, cheapest plumber I know.  Now that I am, again, a Manhattanite, I’m pretty sure I’m going to regret having acquired this particular set of skills, sooner or later.

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Posted: 24 March 2014 12:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I CAN do plumbing, but I WON’T…hahaha. I am willing to pay someone to walk and wade through mud and muck and water and worse. Still, I think the Naperville idea is a good one. It obviously makes money for the city as it has been in effect for many years, and it certainly benefits the property owner.

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Posted: 24 March 2014 12:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Doubt if it’d fly in Hooterville.

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Posted: 24 March 2014 01:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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It wouldn’t. It would break the city. You need a larger city to make it work. It has worked in Naperville which is a fairly progressive community. They also banned parking meters and lifted other parking restrictions, while providing free parking garages.

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Posted: 25 March 2014 02:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Sounds interesting.  Worth a look.

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Posted: 25 March 2014 02:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Wynn.  I forgot.  What was the official reason that the old police building couldn’t be restored for P&R offices?

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Posted: 26 March 2014 10:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Wynn,
I seriously think it is worth a look. According to my friend in Naperville, it brings in a tidy sum to the city while at the same time, helps the average citizen. It is rather like an HMO…you must use city approved plumbers and there is a co-pay of $50 per issue, so if you have a leaky faucet and a stopped up drain, you pay $100 to the plumber and the city covers the rest. The city takes bids from plumbers and has fixed rates, so they are not blindsided.

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Posted: 26 March 2014 01:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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.... and they could put the office for that service downstairs from the new P&R offices in the old police station!

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