City of Quincy gears up to combat snow
Two significant snowfalls put the city of Quincy into â??snow operationsâ?? mode.
Snow operations mode changes the central services departments from one shift to two.
â??In snow ops, we run seven am to seven pm with the first shift, the second shift from seven pm to seven am so we are an around the clock operation right now,â?? Marty Stegeman, Director of Quincy's Central Services said.
Stegeman said they have to be.
The snow has not let up and neither will the city.
Stegeman also says the men who are out plowing are putting in a lot of work.
"We don't mandate, we do mandate overtime, we don't hold back on how many hours an employee can earn, especially during snow operations, when we go to twelve hours shifts, everybody earns overtime." Stegeman said.
Overtime is built into the budget and allows the city to keep up with the work coming in.
Also, the drivers are not the only ones putting in overtime.
"Colder the temperatures the more the equipment tends to fail, it gets more sensitive and we have issues with breakdowns, so that's probably my biggest concern of all is keeping the vehicles on the road," Stegemans said.
He also says if they need to pull from other departments like recycling they will do so. But that only happens when their original crew is short or if they need more manpower.
Stegeman said they will be back at it again this weekend as more snow is expected to affect the area.