November 11, 2009

Garbage advertising

Get this, from the September meeting of the Public Works Board's Miscellaneous Matters Committee:

Advertising on Bristol’s trash bins
The Committee had a general discussion the concept of allowing ads to be placed on both sides of the automated rubbish collection barrels for a yearly fee and determined that it [Miscellaneous Matters Committee] would not rule out the concept but would like to have a presentation on the details of the program before proceeding any further. No action taken. The Committee went on to say that an update on the status of the concept should be provided in person or in writing for the next meeting of the Miscellaneous Matters Committee.

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32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe we can rent the space to politicans for their campaign signs?

Craig Minor said...

Someone asked the Public Works Board for the rights to put advertising on city-owned garbage containers. We talked about it in committee but the woman never showed up to discuss the details. I hope the committee doesn't let the idea die...it could be a good source of revenue for the city, if a little tacky.

Anonymous said...

Who is going to fix all the advertising on the containers when the arm on the truck takes the label off who payes for the new one. And who has to put the label on the container will they hire a new worker OR JUST HAVE ONE OF THE OVERPRICED MGRS AT PUBLIC WORKS DO IT.

Anonymous said...

More opportunity for hanky panky.

Any cost analysis done?

Anonymous said...

Maybe the town can have a study done on it, shouldn`t be more then 100,000. And maybe they can put them on the trains also.

Anonymous said...

Instead of putting labels on trash cans how about on the trucks ?

Anonymous said...

What if I don't like what is being advertised being displayed in front of my house?

Anonymous said...

We are becoming a real honky tonk town!

Anonymous said...

5:35 Just do what you told, We voted for him.

Anonymous said...

Jack of bristol

I can not put up an advertizement sign in front of my home. In this case I am not going to allow an advertizement to be put on my containers.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they should propose having the mayor and council members where sandwich board advertising whenever they are out in public. Why stop there, put adds on the fire trucks, the police cars, hell why not just paint adds on the streets. Wait a minute, I've got it. Set up a bunch of billboards on the old mall property advertising all the great places to go in our neighboring cities.

Anonymous said...

9:08 AM, Your village called! They miss you.

Anonymous said...

We are on a slippery slope with Ward.

Brian said...

I don't think anyone would begrudge the city at least considering alternative revenue streams. However, in this case, I believe the cons heavily outweigh the pros. For instance, the placement of advertisements on a trash bin placed in front of a residence would imply that the resident themselves is endorsing the item/service advertised. Since this largely may not be the case, you could have folks take it upon themselves to remove the advertising. Since this would reduce the effectiveness of the campaign, you would in turn have a more difficult time selling the ad space. When all is said and done, I believe this will cause the city to spend more money than it will bring in, between the time spent 'selling' and subsequent servicing of advertiser needs.

Anonymous said...

I think its a great idea!

Anonymous said...

I would think the taxpayers own the barrel now.Have the mayor bottle his own city of Bristol Whiskey.Maybe the revenue can pay back the Rainy Day Fund.

Anonymous said...

It sounds to me that they may be talking about the garbage containers that are for public use on N. Main Street, the parks etc. I can't imagine they would make home owners put advertising on their garbage cans.

Anonymous said...

Keep taking hits off the pipe your almost there.

Anonymous said...

Just what will be the citys (personnel,time and materials) involvement?
Who will take the call if there is a question, damage, etc?
Who will replace the damaged ad? See earlier story on graffitti.
Will cops be investigating the damage?

There are more issues and downside aspects than are being brought out by the Mayor and the city,

Another short term fix, and maybe more work for Wards union buddies.

Steve Collins said...

You all do understand that this was a preliminary idea, discussed in a committee. This is where they figure if it's worth looking into any further. Complaining they haven't researched it enough or blasting officials for moving ahead it with it already is totally off the mark.
It may be a good idea. It may be a bad idea. But at this point, it is ONLY an idea.

Anonymous said...

Steve,

GOOD headline.

Will this aricle make the Bristol Press?

More people have to be made aware of it!

Embarrassed for you said...

2:30 AKA Debby Downer,

There are also many positive aspects to the idea so it's worth exploring. It's good to see people brainstorming to come up with ways to make the City some extra cash.

BTW, depending on who you believe, Ward's union buddies are now Kenny Cockayne's buddies...go whine about him for awhile.

ugly, ugly said...

10:20am- only if your puss is splattered on the barrel.

Anonymous said...

I am happy to see that the city is looking into other revenue streams - but I have to agree that I don't support this one. This effects every resident in the community - who may or may not support the business on their trash can. Then we get into first amendment rights, and censorship and ultimately - I can see myself fined for "vandalizing" my own trash barrel to remove an offending ad. Imagine all the kids walking to school on trash day only to see VIP ads in front of every home! (LOL!)

CLT

contortionist said...

if these negative idiots would refer to Steve Collins 3:48 posting, they might even be able to present something constructive instead of the personally directed bullsh-t.
i know that i am giving a lot of credit to these idiots but remember that i said "might", not could.

Anonymous said...

8:24

When will the public be allowed to be involved: at the time of the vote?

Why isn't the Press covering this?

drips said...

if you trash talking fools were to contribute something constructive to the dialogue, the conversation might even go positive instead of the "garbage" which is flushed at us now.
Come in out of the rain if you don't want us to beleive that you are "all wet."

Anonymous said...

Being a "drip" is bad, but "drips" is worse.

personal bios said...

would love to be able to put crap labels on the trash on these blogs - worry about city's image but spew nothing but garbage on here - makes a difference when you anonyminity is gone, huh?

Anonymous said...

Does th emayor use his name???

Anonymous said...

12:33

He doesn't have to, his entries are clearly identifiiable

Anonymous said...

Lets start a committee,so we can form a committee to do a study on the study.