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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.

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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AB
May 1st, 2014 at 11:39am

Way to go Gary.. The rest of the world works 7 days a week when it comes to public works. Glad to see that Custer is catching up. Think water, sewer and road issues need to take the weekends off? Try going without them and see how fast people want someone to be there!

Todd
May 3rd, 2014 at 11:07am

This is a good idea. Way to many tax dollars are wasted having everyone working the same hours then paying overtime for the weekends. You see it all the time and wonder why do 2 employees always have to ride around in a bobcat when 1 can do the job?

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