In the last few weeks I’ve received a number of calls (obviously not as many as Councilor Regis got to
change her vote on the Board of Health Charter amendment on October 24, 2011).
As many will recall, there was a substantial controversy when the Southbridge Town Council voted to buy a new street sweeper.
As we are well aware it was a very mild winter.
As a consequence, the usual amount of sand put down during the season was drastically reduced.
As of now we have two street sweepers that are operational.
One could reasonably expect that, given a substantial reduction in sand left over from the winter and two street sweepers, the Spring cleanup would be accomplished in short order and at a substantial reduction in cost from prior years.
So much for reasonable expectations.
The calls that I have gotten have been from residents who wondered why, as their streets were being swept, they witnessed two street sweepers, one behind the other, going up and down their street. It would seem that, with less to clean, one sweeper could handle one street while the second handled another. Certainly this was adequate when we had only one sweeper.
Perhaps there was a need to make up overtime lost to public employees who had little in the way of plowing duties as a result of the mild winter.
In a related note, I was interested to hear that the DPW position previously held by Maureen Ciesla had been backfilled. As I recall, the Town Council had discussed eliminating the position once she retired.