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No more water coolers for Milton city workers

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on July 1, 2010 at 1:04 pm with 5 Comments »
July 1, 2010 1:47 pm

In its latest cost-cutting move, the City of Milton has eliminated water coolers in city buildings.

The cut will save the city about $2,000 a year, said City Administrator Subir Mukerjee.

The change means will city workers in those buildings will have to drink tap water from faucets.

The city had been paying for five, five-gallon water coolers for several city buildings, including City Hall and its adjacent public works building and council chambers/Municipal Court.

The city supplied water coolers in City Hall because employees didn’t like the taste of water in the old City Hall buildings.

But recent city water tests determined the tap water in city buildings – including fire and police headquarters – was safe to drink.

The tests also showed the levels of iron and sulfur in the water were within an acceptable range, according to a city report. Iron and sulfur often cause a metallic taste in water.

The city will continue to pay for individual-sized bottles of water for firefighters and police to use when responding to calls.

Milton has laid off workers, cut its budget and outsourced some city services in the past year to cope with declining revenues. The city projects a deficit of nearly $5 million by 2015.

In addition, the city has to spend more than $350,000 to build a restroom that’s accessible to disabled people in the city’s main park.

The City Council approved the water-cooler cut June 21.

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  1. FormerFalcon says:

    “In addition, the city has to spend more than $350,000 to build a restroom that’s accessible to disabled people in the city’s main park.”

    I do not get the point of the above statement??? Is it intent to show how people with disableities are some to BLAME for the H2O coolers being removed and the city’s budget issues would be soooooooooo much better if it did not have to build the new restrooms???? I am just wondering??? Because to it appears as if that this is an ISSUE for the REPORTER of someone on the city payroll who is upset about the H2O being pulled from his/her office. I guess that the TAP H2O just is not good enough for them?? Must stink to be a reporter or city employee and have too SUFFER THROUGH TAP WATER just so the disabled can drop a duce at the park while enjoying the park……. ??????? Hey why not just close the park and sell it someone wanting to build a superstore or a duplex??? Thing of how that would CURE all the $$$$$$$$ problems for the city… Hey just think the city could re-hire all the people the have had to get rid of…..

  2. ramonarecardo says:

    Great idea!! People can bring their own personal Brita filtered-water pitchers (or whatever) and their own drinking cup. No more waste/recycle. I hope more companies/businesses do this!

  3. DoradoTheDog says:

    FormerFalcon-
    the point of the statement is found in the preceding statement regarding a running deficit and the fact they have unforeseen expenses such as remodeling a park building to meet permit standards they would enforce on anyone else. this shows why every small community should not incorporate, they have to trim every piece of fat from the budget during lean times, and don’t manage the money well during the fat times.

  4. atom_crusher says:

    I understand why the statement was added but I agree with FormerFalcon. Regardless of the actual intent it has the appearance as if there is an ulterior motive in the reporting.

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