Members of the village of Manlius Department of Public Works had better stock up on coffee this winter. On Tuesday Nov. 27 the board of trustees made forward movement towards the creation of a night shift during the winter months.
DPW superintendent John Maher said that the creation of a night shift would help save on overtime costs. The overnight workers would be in charge of the small sidewalk plow and the smaller salt truck.
Maher said that when asked, no one volunteered to take the shift. He said that if no one took the job during the volunteer time, that they would assign the least senior laborers to the two positions.
Member Scott McGrew said that he was concerned about the experience of the two members chosen. He said he feels it wouldn't do any good to have two people on if they couldn't run the large plow to clear the roads. McGrew was also concerned that the creation of a night shift could effect garbage pick up since the two who worked the night shift would not be around to work the compactor in the morning.
Trustee Eric Krause proposed that one laborer and one public works employee be on the night shift so that the roads could be plowed during this time. Maher said that this move would be a step in that direction.
Harold Hopkinson said that the members that lack experience should be trained now before the snowfalls in order to ensure that everything will run smoothly during this transitional period. He said that if anything goes wrong with this new program it will fall on the DPW. Maher said that if it were clear that the new program isn't working, they would go back to the overtime system.
End to healthcare
New employees of the village of Manlius will have to look elsewhere for post-retirement healthcare. On Tuesday, board of trustees voted to discontinue healthcare for applicable employees. The change will only effect people hired after Dec. 1 2007.