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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Calling All Cars: Cleveland Police Chief's $24,000 Carpet

CLEVELAND (TDB) -- The item below -- no other details available -- appears on the agenda of the Cleveland City Council finance committee:

"Ord. No. 1972-07By Council Members Conwell and Sweeney (by departmental request)Authorizing the purchase by one or more contracts of carpeting for the Police Chief’s Office area at the Justice Center, including labor and installation, for the Division of Police, Department of Public Safety.Estimated Cost: $24,000Remarks by Director of Public Safety Department: See Legislation.PASSAGE RECOMMENDED BY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY."


  1. Wow! How big an area is getting carpeting? A year ago we replaced a hallway and stairwell carpeting and it was well under a thousand for what I consider good carpet.

  2. This is the kind of thing that "news providers" seize on without knowing any information.

    That seems a lot of money, doesn't it?

    Well, how large is the area?

    What kind of carpet fiber was spec'd? (some kinds wear better and cost more) And there is a big difference between good quality commercial grade CFN carpet and normal residential carpet, both in contruction and intended traffic wear.

    How often do they expect to replace the carpet?


    As someone who is in that particular business, this is not a lot of money to spend on a public area.

    I routinely bid projects where just the carpet portion runs to $100's K.

    Get some more facts, then fire away.