Gloucester City Taxpayers Own 91 Motorized Line Items (MLI) Costing Over $21 Million
Monday, October 10, 2022
By William E. Cleary and Dorothy Philbin
Above, the Peterbilt trash truck, purchased by taxpayers in 2021, cost $193,000. In 2020, the taxpayers purchased a 2020 ISUZU street sweeper for $214,000. This year the taxpayers spent $450,000 to buy a Freightliner Camel Jet-Vac. The Public Works Department has 31 Motorized Line Items (MLI) valued at $3,181,813. The oldest piece of equipment in that department is a 1995 front-end loader purchased that year for $60,510. photo credit, Gloucestercitynews.net
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNewsnet)(October 10, 2022)--The other day, while walking on Broadway, we couldn't help to notice all the city vehicles that kept riding by. Curious to learn how extensive the City's equipment fleet was, we submitted an OPRA request for that information. We were surprised to know the city taxpayers own 91 motorized line items. The total cost for that equipment is $21,130,173.
insure them, put costly gas into them, and keep them mechanically maintained. And each year, the mayor and council add more equipment to that fleet of MLI. They recently passed a $1.1 million bond issue on September 29. Some of the money from that bond will be used to purchase a $96,000 self-contained vacuum debris container and $144,000 for three sports utility vehicles. The total cost for each SUV is $48,000.
The employees in the Housing Office include:
William Ackley Chief Housing OfficerEdward Gorman Construction & ElectricalMichael DePalma Building, Plumbing and FirePatrick Gartland Code EnforcementWilliam Gallagher Code EnforcementLuke Driscoll Code EnforcementChristine Mellon Technical Assistant - PermitsJanice Hill Clerk Typist
A further breakdown of the numbers documented on April 21, 2022, appears below.
The oldest piece of equipment in the Public Works department is a 1995 front-end-loader purchased that year for $60,510
This year the taxpayers purchased a Freightliner Camel Jet Vac for $450,000, which is the most expensive piece of equipment in the Public Works Department
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