There’s nothing better than doing more work and saving money at the same time — which is exactly what the City Street Repair Crews were able to pull off in the 2009 paving season. For three years running the City crews have expanded their street duties — taking on more and more work that used to be contracted out. The City crews have tackled large and small utility repairs, seal coat reparis and hot mix pavement repairs all in the name of saving money. And it’s worked, to the tune of $94,823 in 2009.
Gene Roberts, Public Service Director, reports that the in-house street repair work that Central Maintenance crews performed in 2009 resulted in a savings of $94,823 in street contractor costs. Gene and Jack Hogue have been working hard to expand in-house maintenance capabilities and it’s clear from his report that their efforts have been rewarded financially which has in turn allowed them to get more work done with the funds saved in the professional services line item. Specifically, two extra blocks of Jesse Avenue were able to be paved under contract this year thanks to the in-house savings.
This is a terrific example of the kind of initiatives that City employees have been engaged in over the last 5 years to contain costs and save dollars.