C.A.R.D. Dirty Laundry Update: A Collective Member Anonymous Editorial
Dear Council Persons;
The new fire station has a heated floor in its gymnasium-size “garage” with multiple gigantic overhead doors. What a disastrous plan for a utility cost nightmare and vehicle disintegration!!
In Wisconsin winters, one wants the crud of salt and sludge on the underneath of your vehicle to stay frozen.
Thus, you do NOT want your garage to be above freezing.
Why? Because melting snow with salt is a salt brine of corrosion, dissolving your vehicle.
If you wash the vehicle, that needs to be done in a separate facility, NOT inside your own garage.
Why? Wash water creates humidity that freezes all the mechanics (windows, doors, etc) of the vehicle. That’s why you role down and up your windows while DRIVING from the wash facility back to your garage.
AND wash humidity inside your own garage in winter would cause freezing of the exterior wall amenities in the garage such as locks, hinges, and door rollers. Or are the walls and doors heat coil inner heated as well??
Why would we pay multiple fire fighters $50+ dollars of cost each per hour to daily spit shine every moving part of every vehicle?
ANY local citizen business OWNER with multiple large service vehicles and needing to make a profit could have been on the fire station design committee (not on the “after the fact let’s pick curtains” committee). But citizen input is annihilated.
A seven-person dictatorship is NOT a republic of the people. No, the seven of you are NOT smarter than all the rest of our combined intelligence. No, the city employees can NOT be the design requesters of stuff we the citizens have to pay for and maintain!
We NEED two alder persons elected from each of our four neighborhoods. We NEED our 28 ward supervisors. We NEED a budget process controlled by our citizens and not by our hired help.
When there is zero citizen input at the token 4-minute whine joke at the start of the council meeting – that is not a “relief” or “good”. It is a last gasping breath of failure.
Thus we have the Fire station Hilton for trucks. What a fantasy land on our dime!