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As a long-time Chicago resident, I want to believe we can one day become better. However, our city hasn't risen from its ashes since 1871… More »




Updated on November 18, 2011 at 7:46 PM

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Re: “Water + sewers = slush fund

I also find the idea of getting a bigger bang for the buck to be laughable. Since 1996, the personnel employed by the city to operate heavy equipment has dwindled by 68% (from 610 to 192) and the number of repair crews that actually perform this maintenance have decreased by 75% across the entire operation. Sadly, you don't really want to be made aware of the only hiring that has increased over the past 15 years; deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners, assistants to the commissioners and project managers with no defined projects to work on each week. These are but a few examples of the shenanigans that are and shall remain the status quo herein.

Under the mayor's stewardship, we have also drastically increased the number of equipment being leased, with single pieces of equipment costing a minimum of $5,000. Supposedly, this methodology will replicate the attrition we've experienced in the newly created Department of Fleet and Facility Management while increasing the long-term dependency on leasing from those who remain in favor.

The lack of appropriately trained personnel combined a reduced capacity to effectively respond to the myriad of problems that can crop up during a Chicago winter will only further underline the shortcomings of an extremely dysfunctional organization such as ours.

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Posted by TheFixWasIn on 11/18/2011 at 6:57 PM

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