City crews to work seven days a week
Published: Thursday, May 1st, 2014
The City of Custer’s public works department will work seven days a week under a new proposal approved unanimously by the Custer City Council at its April 21 meeting.
Mayor Gary Lipp, in proposing the switch from the current five-day week with weekends off to the seven-day week, said doing so would help the public works department “meet obligations in a timely manner.” Under the proposal, city workers would work a rotating set of days that would see them have Friday and Saturday off one week, Saturday and Sunday off one week and Sunday and Monday off one week. Each weekend would have two or three city employees working, with at least five working on weekdays and the entire staff working Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.
Public works director Bob Morrison said his crews were not aware of the impending change and said he was “sure they would have some comments on it.”
Audience member Terry Reetz asked what brought about the proposed change, saying he felt it was a complicated method of doing things and wasn’t sure if similar agencies were operating in such a way.
“This looks like a circus in a way. It doesn’t seem like it’s going to be as simple as it looks,” he said.
Lipp and council members pointed out the variety of weekend activities the city has, particularly in the summer, as the basis for needing weekend workers, as well as for snow removal and the wastewater plant and other operations that run seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
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