“I counted at least 17 vehicles that were either completely inoperable due to damages or that were temporarily down due to needed repairs,” Bryant stated.
An example of the repairs being done during Bryant’s tour included reattachment of a salt-truck bed and the replacement of several truck plows. When asked how these incidents happened, one of the employees said,
“We’re using decade old vehicles that were not built to do the work we’re doing. “
Another employee mentioned,
“Some of these truck plows we’re using are intended to be used for residential driveways, not city streets.”
Councilman Bryant echoed employee concerns when he met with the City Service Center Complex supervisor following his tour.
“Employees have every right to be frustrated” said Bryant. “However, I as well as the center’s supervisor understand that the city does not have the financial capacity to replace the vehicles. But, this does not mean that the city can’t do anything about the problem. There is an underlying safety issue here; our streets must be taken care of, especially during this time of the year. I encourage City Administrators to work together to deliver results.”
“It’s time to deliver quality results. No more excuses.”