In lieu of a meeting, the Takoma Park City Council embarked on a junket Monday, Sept 14. They traveled in luxury to the exotic land of the Public Works Department to frolic between the mulch piles and fuel tanks, to take a relaxing sunset stroll amidst the splendor of trash trucks and tipping bins – ALL ON THE TAXPAYER’S DIME!
Your Gilbert’s agent, disguised as a bale of newspapers, sneaked onto the exclusive grounds of the gated facility to surreptitiously obtain the following photos.
The Council and staff first met with Public Works Department director Daryl Braithwaite in the department office before the tour of the Oswego Ave. facility. Ms. Braithwaite discussed the upcoming facility renovation, and showed copies of the latest plans.
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The tour begins, attended by councilmembers, staff, and local residents.
The locker room.
Locker room decoration.
Vehicle repair facility.
Mayor Bruce Williams.
Same building from the outside.
“Right of Way Supervisor,” that’s the title Your Gilbert should have!
This space also functions as a “break room.” Note the microwave ovens
Councilmember Terry Seamens was tempted to dumpster dive.
Even old street signs get recycled, it seems.
Truck noses sticking out from too-short bays.
Truck noses sticking out from another too-short building. This one built by employees 25 years ago. Current plans would replace this building
The yard drain – where all the waste-water from truck-washing, etc goes to be filtered before it enters the natural watershed. The department would like to have an indoor truck-washing facility, but the current renovation budget does not allow for it, or for re-paving the facility’s yard.
The fermenting mulch pile at night – how romantic!
On to the gardening shop.
The gardening office. The wolf silhouettes are artifacts of forgotten purpose.
Councilmember Dan Robinson investigates a recycling truck.
Director Braithwaite shows location of fuel tanks which she says are at the end of expected “lifespan” and need to be replaced soon. The cost of replacing them is not covered by the currently proposed budget.
Wall unit air conditioners. Though initially high in cost, a proposed new geo-thermal climate control system would be more “green” and cheaper in the long run, they say.