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Keeping Tabs on the Garbage Man

An illustration so simple, a fifth-grader or council member could understand it

This afternoon, the city council's Quality of Life and Government Services Committee will discuss putting Global Position System devices in the city's sanitation trucks, following a trial run that commenced in October. Seems the council's found a lot of waste -- too much idling, for starters, hell of a waste of gas. (Notes the doc, "6 minutes of idling time = 1 mile of travel," though some estimates put it as low as two minutes.) But there's more to it than monitoring gas usage; seems the GPS devices found a few lead foots and slackers and side-jobbers amongst its fleet. (Has no one at City Hall ever seen Men at Work?) Alas, it'll cost $245,305 for installation and training and so forth in FY2008, with a cost that would reach close to $700,000 over 36 months -- all of it going to Remote Dynamics, Inc., which is based in ... Plano.

Also being discussed today at the Quality of Life and Government Services Committee meeting: the city's 320 boarding houses, at least 30 percent of which aren't in compliance with city regulations and shouldn't have certificates of occupancy. Methinks I buried the lead just to refer to Emilio Estevez's second directorial effort.

The Transportation and Environment Committee will, once more, also discuss today upgrading Love Field Airport -- for, oh. 'bout half a billion, most of which Southwest and the other airlines will cover, assuming airlines still exist by the time the project's completed in 2014. Of course, don't hold your breath:

The goal of completing the project in time for the full phase-out of the Wright Amendment in 2014 leaves only 6 years to design and construct the improvements. [Which] will require innovative approach to developing project in a streamlined manner.
Southwest and the city must agree on everything before the project begins. Sometime in the near future. At the cost of $571 million. Or more. Probably more. --Robert Wilonsky

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Robert Wilonsky
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