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Maintenance or Capital Improvement

Original post made by whatever, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park, on Aug 17, 2014

I'd like to make two requests of the editor, p;ease.

First could you assign a reporter to look into the fire district's turf installation and investigate whether the turf installation falls under capital improvements or maintenance and if the proper accounting rules were followed. Also, whether other perhaps community oriented projects or fire safety endeavors could have benefited from the $50,000. Some examples would be implementing a communication system between California Water Service and the Fire District regarding CWS maintenance turnoffs of fire hydrants which are not communicated to the fire district leaving some hydrants out of and or with out of service signs for weeks at a time. Also implementing workable and rapid procedural rules with the city of Menlo Park regarding posting of fire lanes, proper red curbs and elimination of parking spots which narrow streets and lanes below the required road width code for fire trucks.

Second, I would like this thread's comments restricted to non-registered users only. I feel that should be acceptable as registered users are allowed to restrict a thread to only registered users. As it is quite evident from numerous comments, being a registered user in no way guarantees a posting that is tactful, respectful, free of abuse and an example of decorum.

Thank you in advance for considering these two requests.

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Posted by Buh-Buh-Benny and the Jets
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

For those not able to keep up with multiple threads... Web Link and numerous others

In several other threads, all since closed, Peter Carpenter [portion removed] about artificial turf at his home and at the fire stations. Ignoring for a moment the odd decision to put artificial turf around a fire station (there are less expensive ways to save water and help the environment) there was the remaining question about how this was accounted for, as was asked of Peter Carpenter multiple times in the above thread:

-- "how is replacing existing grass with turf a maintenance issue when there is no existing maintenance cost to the existing grass? Isn't this an improvement, not maintenance?"

After freely replying to every post in the thread, Mr. Carpenter (one of the Almanac's most prolific poster's, who likes to claim "about 90% of my postings are documented information from authoritative sources and those postings are generally in response to questions posed by other posters") refused to answer the simple question, posting multiple times:

-- "As previously posted, I reserve the right to ignore any questions posed to me on this forum and I will not be answering any further questions posted on this topic."

For such a frequent poster, who claims authority on so many subjects, this caught one poster by surprise, and that poster thought this raised many additional questions:

"The questions raised by your evasion, in an area of self-proclaimed expertise:

* Are you not answering it because you are uncomfortable with the decision?

* Do you intend to investigate this further?

* Did you have prior knowledge of these decisions? Is that the reason you are uncomfortable answering these questions in a public forum?

* Are you refusing to answer because you plan on asking the same questions of the Chief?"

So, for a recap: the fellow who interjects himself into so many threads for the Almanac, PA Online, and Lord-knows where else; a fellow who decided his installation of turf at his home was of such paramount note that it required an article in the Almanac and dozens and dozens of posts in multiple threads about his and the fire department's turf, in an area where he claimed a high level of expertise, suddenly clams up. Tight as a drum.

When it comes to decisions about how taxpayer money is spent.

Oh, the last piece of info? Mr. Carpenter is an elected official, a Director at Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

I do not know why Mr. Carpeter refuses to answer the question. You will have to draw your own conclusions.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 18, 2014 at 11:41 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

If you have a question of a Fire Board Director then you should send that question to them at their official email address:

Web Link

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Posted by wharever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 18, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Buh bug Benny and Peter
Please take your discussion elsewhere as it doesn't ear upon my requests to the editor. Benny please start your own forum and you sure sound like someone who was using another name yesterday. Read the usage rules please.
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Posted by GAAP
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm

What do the general rules say about maintenance vs improvement?

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