City Lays off seasonal snow plow operators with 4 months of winter left

And they are the snowiest months;

City Hall on Monday gave 20 part-time street department employees their walking papers.

Public Works Director Mark Cotter said 20 of 52 seasonal, part-time street department employees were notified their final day of employment with the city will be Friday, Jan. 20.

The city has been bracing for the impact of softening sales tax revenue, but Cotter said the cuts are not budget-related but instead part of a yearly staffing process.

Budget cuts are not related?! Can’t wait for our first early Spring storm watching people from Labor Ready pushing shovels down Cliff Avenue.


#1 Band Geek on 01.10.17 at 8:57 am

Speaking of budget cuts….A little inside info from the Municipal Band (overseen by the Parks and Rec Dept). The past couple of years we have slowly been informed of cuts to our budget. First, we had to cut our a couple extra concerts, then we cut out some rehearsals to start the year. At our last concert this past summer, we were informed that Sunday afternoon concerts at McKennan Park were being cut this next summer. Those concerts have been going on for 90+ years. I know some people will say why do we need to spend money on a city band, but the Municipal Band is one of the great traditions this city has playing in the parks and nursing homes around the city. I’m concerned there will be even more cutbacks to this city organization that has been running for 97 consecutive years because of the mismanagement of our city budgets by this administration.

#2 l3wis on 01.10.17 at 9:02 am

I agree, I think the muni band is important. Not sure if you know, but MMM is NOT an ‘arts guy’. If you have ever been in his office, besides photos of his family and himself, the wall has mostly awards and accolades. I doubt the guy even knows what art is. He also has a disdain for libraries.

#3 The Blogger Formerly Known as "Winston" on 01.10.17 at 3:00 pm

This issue is merely academic at best given the fact that they rarely plow anymore…

Our town is devolving into a “Peking Reality:”

#4 The D@ily Spin on 01.10.17 at 5:23 pm

If you must cut half the snowplow budget, why are you building a 30 million city office building? Sounds to me like L Ron Huether plans to pass the collection plate twice for Jesus Plows.