David Picozzi is finally out of here. Where else can one get a job woking on a city garbage truck making $5.25/hr and go out on a million dollar retirement pension plan? None other than the streets of taxpayer gold in good ole Warwick RI.
Avedisian made Picozzi his part-time Chief of Staff sidekick two years ago, adding on almost another $20K per year to Picozzi's almost $130K /yr DPW Director salary. This position perk would allow Picozzi to collect more in pension benefits at retirement.
With a total annual salary of almost $150K, including 100% covered healthcare benefits, in 10 years, (if Picozzi lives that long and doesn't go off the ski slope course), he will have earned another $million- if not more- in taxpayer covered retirement pension payments. This is how political cronyism work folks, and they're laughing at you every time they cash their taxpayer paycheck.
The video below is from the 2015 budget hearings and what you will hear is that even after 30 years of "on the job training", it's amazing how Picozzi as DPW Director still could never grasp the street sweeping concept. At the time of this meeting, the city actually had four Elgin street sweepers and only two were operational. The city ended up purchasing another new sweeper in 2016 to make it three working street sweepers.
If three working sweepers were out there every day starting May 1st, sweeping ten roads per day (weather permitting), the entire city could be swept clean in under 3 months. Picozzi could barely get it done by ward. He even shifts blame back to the state.
The reason why this is important (getting back to that enterococci bacteria), is because street sand is a fecal indicator bacteria, and if left to accumulate on the roadways, is a beach pollutant contributor.
Street sweeping is the LEAST the city can do, but unfortunately, it's on the list of waste Picozzi left behind.
Hopefully the new DPW director will have it all figured out already...it's not rocket science.