Thank you, city of McMinnville, for painting the lines on the street in front of the Standard office. It was needed.
Can I make a little suggestion? I can actually hear city officials replying in one unified voice, “Sure, why not?” I don’t normally hear voices in my head. When I do, they’re always on my side. It helps me get my way, so I’m going with it.
While you’re considering the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-19, consider outsourcing the painting of streets. You’re spending millions on paving to make the infrastructure of the city look good. Why not go that extra step and put some monies toward adding the final touch?
Don’t get me wrong. Your McMinnville Public Works Department employees are doing a fine job with what they have to work with by way of equipment and supplies. Those guys are systematically making their way through the streets of the city painting lines and stop bars. I have no complaints when it comes to that. They’re dedicated, wonderful employees.
However, I will say a professional street painting company would make its way through the city lickety-split. Everything would be painted as fast as possible and with equipment made for the job. After all, that’s what they do for a living. I would expect the job to be done as fast as possible and very professionally.
Also, a company that specializes in painting streets probably uses a different type of paint. I don’t know much about it, but I can Google. It’s called thermoplastic road marking paint, which is almost like hot plastic. Sounds like wonderful stuff. I would think that would last a lot longer and hence, make the streets look better longer. That would be well worth it, in my opinion.
I’m still talking to McMinnville officials. If you need more of an incentive to outsource this type of work, I’d like to invite you to College Street. Specifically, I want you to stand at the bottom of the hill and look up the street. Please be careful of oncoming traffic. I wouldn’t want to get anyone hurt with my suggestion. Take due care, please. Suing me would be the definition to frivolous lawsuit. If you did win for some weird reason, you won’t get much. My wallet is like an onion, because it makes me cry when opened. Sad, but true.
How about this? Bid out street striping and see what the cost is? If it’s too much, reject the bids. No harm in checking, right? We will never know unless we try. What if the price is very reasonable?
Incentive: when all the streets are striped practically overnight, I’m sure everyone will be eternally grateful and delighted in how good the streets look. I know I’m reaching with that last statement but it could happen. Fantasy can sometimes be rooted in reality.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.