Northampton's Parking Czar, Bill Letendre, explains to the City Council why he wants $134,000 appropriated for the purchase of a bucket loader. Letendre had already taken possession of the bucket loader and used it in snow removal activities, so it could not be returned. Purchase of the loader from a capital account had been authorized by Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins in December. Letendre asked the Council to "backfill" the capital expenditure with a reimbursement from the Parking Meter Reserve Fund. This unusual procurement process raised many questions.
Video courtesy of North Street Neighborhood Association.
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