Public Works Making Cuts, Getting Creative
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Green Bay-- Public Works is one of the city's largest departments. Like all others, its administrators had to help solve a city-wide budget shortfall, and do it without putting public safety at risk.
Ed Wiesner doesn't live in the moment. "Today is nice but we are always looking ahead, Green Bay's Public Works director says. He can't. Winter is on its way. "We are going through our protocol, making sure they are ready for the change of weather." On top of that he's cutting back, helping the city shed hundreds-of-thousands of dollars. Not filling open positions is one way to save. "We've got 9-10 positions still open," Wiesner says."
Cutting back on over-time is another way his department is saving. Road crews will use a new technique this winter called, "anti-icing," treating roads during the day, ahead of storms. This way the department will avoid calling people in at 3AM to start spreading salt. Public Works is also a bit, "lucky." The city has $300,000 worth of left-over salt.