To the Editor: Recently I read an article in the Old Colony Memorial concerning the Plymouth Public Library. The article pertained to some doors that were in need of paint and the estimated cost, (we lowly tax payers would need to cough up) only a mere ten thousand dollars. This caught my interest having been a painting contractor at one time, I thought ‘gee’ there must be allot of doors! I continued reading and found that the article was talking about 8 doors! Ten thousand dollars for 8 doors! Eight doors, ten grand, that boiled down to one thousand, two hundred and fifty dollars per door, $1250.00, wow.
I know that with a couple gallons of Rustoleum, for say, $50 from Benny’s, and a quality paint brush, for say another $20 along with two eight hour days of my time, including preparation, I could offer my services for a mere five thousand dollars. Look at all the money I could save the cash strapped tax payers of Plymouth! Id be very happy to do it. But then again we should be asking our selves, don’t we have a DPW complete with tax paid employees already on the payroll for an hourly rate of pay? Hand one of them the brush and paint and BINGO another saving to the tax payer of an additional $4600.00 dollars, total cost for 8 doors, $400.00, the second coat at no extra cost, total saved,$9600.00, again, wow.
I think it is time the town manager should be elected, not appointed, I would run for town manager. Of course I do not have the piece of paper proving a college pedigree, therefore I would never be considered ‘smart’ enough to make the ‘tough’ financial decisions that a town manager obviously makes, like the cost of painting 8 doors, but I would give it an honest try.
I find that the smarter one professes to be, via college degree in a government position, the easier it is to spend other peoples hard earned money. It is almost a certainty that who ever gets this gold plated ‘contract’ will inevitably be related to someone at the Plymouth Town Hall in some way, go figure. I am prepared for the critics who will claim that they want it to be a perfectly executed job, after all, the public will have to look at those doors for quite awhile, they should be visually pleasing to those with a ‘cultured’ eye for such things. In my ‘under educated’ experience, Ive noticed that most people just cruise through doors without paying any attention to them at all.
I suppose we should consider the hypothetical ‘Smiths’ as they approach the doors. Oh my God, look Harold, these doors are not nearly as perfectly painted as the doors of the public restrooms! My God Mildred, your right! This is an affront and an insult to the delicate sensibility’s of all mankind! Let us lodge a strongly worded complaint to the management of this establishment! I suppose that hypothetically could happen, and the town manager is just trying to spare the town the utter embarrassment and scandal of epic proportions that could ensue should it occur. So in that light I guess the town manager is looking out for us after all, making the cost a silly consideration indeed compared to the alternative embarrassment that should be avoided at any cost.
So I, on second thought, apologize for doubting the expertise of the town manager. Sincerely, Town of Plymouth resident and ‘under educated’ tax payer, Mark Shean-written 3-8-2010 www.mafirearmsafety.com