To quote Jack Franzil “Just trying to get by with what we got.” Jack said this at the end of his budget presentation. His department (Public Works) is down several workers, and the equipment is getting very old, and worn out. This is the department that cleans the roads in the winter just one of many things they do. Councilwoman Janet Badalow asked if filling one of the empty positions would help with the overtime? Not really he said because the overtime isn’t because they are short handed, it’s because of the hours they have to work. If it snows at night they have to come in, and remove the snow, same thing for big spring, and summer-time storms. Trees down, have to be cut, and removed from city property, and so on. When they need extra workers they borrow them from the DPW, and the Highway, department, and vice versa. It’s amazing to me that this department is getting done all that it does. This can be said about many of the departments in the city right now. The mayor is waiting for act 51 to come in, with these funds the mayor is planning on getting a new sweeper for the city they had seven and are down to five.
The mayor mentioned many grants that he’s waiting on for funding, one of these grants will go towards helping pay for the two firemen that the city is short right now. The fire department put together a very detailed presentation, and they also are getting a grant to get a new piece of equipment. When all is said, and done the city fire department will be getting a piece of equipment that is worth 34,000.00 for a cost to the city of 3,500.00. They are going to need a new fire truck, but no way not right now, they do take very good care of the ones they have now.