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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
Indexes: SNOW REMOVAL
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 operation of snow and ice equipment for longer periods, leading to faster snow clearing on neighborhood non-arterial streets, crosswalks and City-owned sidewalks; and

 

Whereas, The most knowledgeable and experienced candidates for such a reserve force are former City employees who have actually participated in City snow and ice control operations; now, therefore, be it

                     

Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, that the Department of Public Works is directed to develop a reserve force of drivers and supervisors to add workforce capacity during snow and ice control operations; and, be it

 

Further Resolved, That this reserve force shall be drawn from the ranks of retired City employees.

 

Requestor

 

Drafter

LRB173730-1

Dana J. Zelazny

February 28, 2019