By Letter to the Editor on January 9, 2018.
I was not surprised about the delays that are mentioned in a recent Herald article about snow removal in the city. The write-up mentioned that two of the snow blowers used in removing snow piles in the middle of the road are in the shop waiting for parts.
A few months ago the City made the decision to close down their welding shop. Whoever made this decision probably thought it would be more cost-effective and save some money. Employees were given the option of positions in other departments.
I am assuming the work is now being contracted out to local welding shops, with the City having to wait for someone to show up to do the work. This is probably more costly. Was this a wise decision? Are they really saving money by doing it this way?
Not only did the City welders make daily repairs to seasonal equipment to get them back into service faster, but they also designed and fabricated parts when needed. I think those snow blowers would have been repaired and out on the road a lot sooner had the work been done by their own employees.
The City needs to rethink their decision about the welding shop closure or we will be seeing more prolonged delays with snow removal in the future.
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