There is no stopping it! The general public does not care one way or the other what happens with this merger. There are those private entities that will benefit from the merger, and I’ll bet you they have
already spoken with the administration to support it.
Mayor Daniel Drew presented the Commissioners his “Proposal for Merger: Public Works and Parks”.
The report states there will be a savings of $150,000 due to the elimination of the Parks Maintainer IV/Working Supervisor position (retirement) an AFSCME bargaining unit job. He also states the
Parks Division Park Maintainer 3 employees will receive a one (1) pay grade salary increase due to
added responsibilities. Additionally, the Recreation Division, which will no longer be part of the
department, is going to move into the Parks Division facility at Butternut Street, to save the cost of
rent at their River View Center location. (Recreation was moved due to lack of space
at Butternut Street) The Mayor states that combining Parks and Public Works will eliminate
duplication of purchased items, and uses the example of a plasma cutter, used to cut steel,
a $2,000 piece of equipment.