Do-it-yourself employee saves Salt Lake County thousands in light bulbs

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  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    Oct. 30, 2010 12:31 p.m.

    don't spend much to lower the lights---there will always be people around that climb and can change the bulbs again---the temporary employment precaution concerning insurance coverage will probably cover all those other potential issues that might be raised by those who see money left on the table to be claimed by the fastest lawsuit---

  • Ett Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 29, 2010 5:46 p.m.

    Before everyone gets all soggy with drool over LED's, consider that they cost six to ten times more per bulb. That being said, this is what happens when you allow individuals to use their heads instead of involving long, useless government regulations. Salt Lake County should also be commended for allowing these citizens to help and for saving us those tax dollars. Well done all of you!

  • EgbertThrockmorton Layton, UT
    Oct. 29, 2010 2:21 p.m.

    I was wondering when the litigation will hit Salt Lake County for these three do-gooders failing to file for an Environmental-Impact-Report for their scaling of the wall, for failing to comply with existing contract-for-minorities, Davis-Bacon Act,etc.
    Such actions by this do-gooder are seriously exposing we taxpayers to giddyness,for his well thought out actions, but making several dozen legal spokesholes salivate at being able to sue SL County for failing to follow governmental bureaucracy.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 29, 2010 1:12 p.m.

    Now we await the follow-up article that tells what happens when the OSHA inspector comes to cite the facility manager for unsafe work practices.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Oct. 29, 2010 11:52 a.m.

    Replace the whole strip with LEDs - save every day, and stretch the time of replacement 4-9X...

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    Oct. 29, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    This is great! Made me smile first thing in the morning!

    I can see why this guy is head of public relations, he's got good ideas.

    So why are they going to revamp the lighting system, now that they know how to get it maintained cheaper??

  • JoeCapitalist Orem, UT
    Oct. 29, 2010 8:56 a.m.

    "The county plans to revamp the lighting in the recreation center so the lights can be lowered for future maintenance."

    Let me guess, the cost of this planned change will ONLY be $100,000.

    Great article. For once someone in government tried to think of a solution as if he was spending his own money.

    Until we have people in government who treat taxpayer money with respect and try and squeeze as much value out of it as possible (you know the kind of thing almost all of us do with our own money if we are smart), then we will continue to see waste, fraud, and spiraling debt no matter how high our taxes go.

    Too many politicians and bureaucrats treat taxpayer money like monopoly money - easy come, easy go.

  • Mayfair Claremore, OK
    Oct. 29, 2010 8:10 a.m.

    Love it!!

    I've heard of -and suggested- so many common sense/inexpensive solutions for SO many situations and problems but the powers that be don't want to hear about it, or go against convention.

    Kudos to all in this situation who used their brains and let/made it happen.

  • demorra Kearns, UT
    Oct. 29, 2010 7:24 a.m.

    If Salt Lake County is going to replace the fixtures, I recommend that they use the new LED fixtures which use considerably less energy. They could burn for thousands of hours before needing replacement.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Oct. 29, 2010 4:45 a.m.

    I think they saved the taxpayers more than a few thousand dollars, how about $8,900.

    The county and all government should start asking for contractors to be a little more creative in working for the government, and not just in sloppy work and materials. Engineers and scientist don't have the only idea's and ingenuity and know how to do most jobs. If it wasn't for people that can do the work, engineers would be unemployed.

    This is good time for government to take this idea and roll with it, especially from outside the norm of bidding and contracting with government. Set up a hot line suggestion program for citizens input for pending jobs or maintenance work. There are thousands of years of experience out there just waiting for a chance to be found if some would bother to look or ask for it.

    The kind of engineers the government should be hiring are Value Engineers and engineering teams. These teams are made up of common folks with common sense brainstorming of ideas. A billion dollar cost saving team.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 28, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    Great solution!

    This taxpayer thanks everyone involved!