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File #: 181747    Version:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/26/2019 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/26/2019
Effective date:    
Title: Substitute resolution directing the Department of Public Works to develop a reserve force of snow and ice control operation drivers and supervisors from the ranks of retired City employees.
Sponsors: ALD. BAUMAN, ALD. WITKOWSKI
Attachments: 1. Snowfall Report, 2. DPW Plan
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
4/5/20191 MAYOR SIGNED   Action details Meeting details Not available
3/26/20191 COMMON COUNCIL ADOPTEDPass15:0 Action details Meeting details Video Video
3/6/20190 PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION

Minutes note: Jeff Polenske - DPW Laura Daniels - DPW Dan Thomas - DPW
Pass5:0 Action details Meeting details Video Video
2/26/20190 COMMON COUNCIL ASSIGNED TO   Action details Meeting details Not available
Number
181747
Version
SUBSTITUTE 1
Reference

Sponsor
ALD. BAUMAN AND ALD. WITKOWSKI
Title
Substitute resolution directing the Department of Public Works to develop a reserve force of snow and ice control operation drivers and supervisors from the ranks of retired City employees.
Analysis
This resolution directs the Department of Public Works to develop a reserve force of drivers and supervisors from the ranks of retired City employees to add workforce capacity during snow and ice control operations.

Body
Whereas, Prompt removal of snow and ice from public streets, crosswalks and City-owned sidewalks after a snowfall event is an urgent matter of public safety and convenience; and

Whereas, One-third of current Department of Public Works drivers detailed to snow and ice control operations have less than two years of experience and two-thirds have less than five years of experience; and

Whereas, Under current workforce deployment schedules, drivers and supervisors are routinely required to work 16-18 hour shifts during snow and ice control operations; and

Whereas, Many of the City’s snow equipment drivers and supervisors are drivers and supervisors for the City’s solid waste removal operations, and must return to regular garbage collection activities after snow and ice control operations end; and

Whereas, The Department of Public Works regularly experiences shortages and high turnover in key positions, especially drivers, assigned to snow and ice control operations; and

Whereas, Workforce capacity issues are at least part of the reason the City’s snow and ice control operations are on occasion unable to keep pace with snowfall or to clear all of Milwaukee’s streets, particularly non-arterial streets, crosswalks and City-owned sidewalks, in a timely manner; and

Whereas, A reserve force of drivers and supervisors to help conduct the City’s snow and ice control operations could ease the burden of long shifts on City workers and permit round-the-clock ...

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