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City “volunteers” cost too much

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MARCIA A. NELESEN
October 30, 2008
— Councilman Bill Truman said thanks but no thanks Wednesday to city worker “volunteers” to help at next year’s large-item pickup.

Truman is one of the event’s organizers, and he said he and other volunteers were happy to see 22 city workers show up to help.


But then he learned that the city workers were paid time-and-a-half.


Truman said the city workers came with city dump trucks, and that was great. But Truman said his group could come up with their own trucks next year and save money.


The estimated cost of the city workers was about $6,000.


Truman said if the event’s volunteers had known that the 22 city workers were being paid time-and-a-half, “I don’t think we would have asked for the 22 guys. I think we would have done it without them.


“In the past, we didn’t have that big expense because we didn’t have city labor,” Truman said. “I really appreciate it, but we can do it without you,” he told Jack Messer, director of operations.


The city had designated $12,000 for the large-item pickup in 2009, and that will be reduced by $6,000. The remaining money will be spent on tire disposal.



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