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Committee gets answers

City Public Works Director questioned

October 1, 2013

It started with paving and ended with garbage for Department of Public Works Director Tony Gugino when he was questioned during a meeting Monday by members of Common Council’s Public Works Committe....

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concerned

Oct-01-13 6:51 PM

Contract out garbage pickup or eliminate it all together and let the home owners take care of their own pickup end of problem!

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commentor

Oct-01-13 5:08 PM

Garbage pick up in Fredonia is private or take your own garbage to the transfer station. Why doesn't Dunkirk do it that way.

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localresident

Oct-01-13 2:23 PM

Well Had, this is where any normal company/institution would do one of two things:

1. Send the employees home with x hours pay and no more, or

2. Since they have x hours left, instead of holding their couches down, head back to the shop, clean things up, take care of whatever maintenance needs to be done (if they're not doing so already), even do impromptu sweeps of the city for any issues/garbage/items needing attention. And yes, the "duh, this is the way it's been done, like, forever!". Is the most retarded excuse ever. They're not even trying. Not by a longshot.

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Escapee

Oct-01-13 10:18 AM

“This is an arrangement that was made with the city many many years ago.” That is a poor reason to continue the process. If they are on the clock, they should be at work. If they want to go home, they should clock out. Why even use the time clocks if the plan is to falsify the records?

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PhilJulian

Oct-01-13 8:48 AM

When scheduling leaf pickup it needs to be considered that all areas of the city do not accumulate leaves at the same time. Warm lake temperatures generally result in a later leaf accumulation in areas near the lake because the trees don't shed until early to mid November. As for garbage collection schedules I think taxpayers should get eight hours of service from every employee and it's very hard to understand how there can be complaints about under staffing while having a crew that is allowed to go home early. Many people in the private sector knock themselves out for a full eight hours per day and do it for much less money than a city employee.

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225522

Oct-01-13 8:43 AM

"I don't want to drag our feet, I want to get it done" Really?

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hadenough

Oct-01-13 8:18 AM

Ms. Kiyak. Mr. Guginos answer to your trash pickup question was not exactly true. The trash men do go without their morning break. In the afternoon they are at home watching TV. On your question about lunch. The crews are usually finished by 1 O'clock. So nothing is missed there and they also get a sit down meal when they are at home getting paid to eat. If you do your homework you will find that Mr. Gugino did not have the qualifications to be hired as the Director of Public works. And why is the seawall project still going out for bids. The state has no money so why spend thousands to have the N&C look and approve the plans. It is not money well spent. Fact the State of New Your spends in excess of $165,000 per year to keep a prisoner incarcerated at Rikers Island. We need to spend smarter. And paying a garbage man to get paid while at home is not very smart.

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