Muncie 2.0

3:00 PM Home of Ball State U. discovers email

June 26, 2009

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Muncie 2.0

3:00 PM -- styles itself as "the online news source for east central indiana," and the news from east central indiana (muncie, in this case, where else?) is decidedly strange:

  • A low-cost upgrade of computer equipment at fire stations will eliminate the costly expense of firefighters using fire trucks to deliver paperwork to the chief's office.

    "If we are literally delivering every document from a fire station by fire truck, that is not an efficient operation," said Mayor Sharon McShurley.

    The city administration estimates a $1,500 cost to taxpayers every time a fire trucks makes a run, based on the 6,066 runs made last year at a $9 million budget expense.

    McShurley told Fire Chief Sean Burcham recently to order equipment that would allow firefighters to transmit maintenance, training and other reports electronically to the chief's office, now at City Hall, instead of having on-duty firefighters deliver paperwork by fire truck.

Forget email. That new-fangled "bicycle" technology has apparently not yet reached Muncie either.

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

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