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MPD seeking biggest toy in sandbox

May 11, 2014
Bill Helgen, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

The police department is interested in obtaining a refurbished war relic because it is cheap (to obtain) and "you never know when critical events are going to arise." Apparently the tried and true expression "there no such thing as a free lunch" has not been considered. There will be expenses to operate, maintain and store the behemoth. Some of the objections to this acquisition are; it is bound to have really high fuel cost, probably will not meet any emission standards, at 22.5 tons it may be too heavy for local roads and bridges, shortage of parts and since it is ex-military the parts are most likely very expensive and scarce and there may not be any local mechanic trained in maintenance of such a beast. All of that for a "maybe-might." Ask any mechanic or heavy equipment operator and they will tell you that equipment not used will deteriorate faster than equipment that is regularly used and maintained. We do not need a piece of machinery to gather rust and dust.



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