At the October 11 city council meeting, during the public comments a man spoke about snow removal and overtime. He was asking about if it snowed on a Friday will the DPW department be sent out to remove the snow? Someone on the council pointed out, removing snow from the streets of the city an emergency DPW will be called even on a furlough day. Reopening the union contract, the Mayor gave the Union two options 10% pay cut, or furlough day. The union voted to take furlough day, finding another job on the furlough day, may have been the reason many voted for that option.
On October 6 2011, the assistant to the mayor met with DPW and gave them Fridays (the furlough day) to cut grass. DPW workers are now going to cut grass on Friday this information came from 3 different sources. Others in the same union are not given any way to work on the furlough day. This may have been for only this past Friday will have to wait and see. Not enough workers in the DPW department could be the reason Fridays are now used to cut grass.