Warwick DPW Director Claims City Automotive Dept. Racking Up OT Due To Blown Engine On A Sanitation Vehicle
While Warwick taxpayers still have no answer yet as to why a DPW employee, recently captured on video stealing from the DPW yard still hasn't been fired yet, the DPW automotive department is allegedly racking up the OT due to a sanitation truck that blew an engine back in August of 2017.
On Monday night, the City Council Finance Committee held a BID for a new , $265,975.00 sanitation vehicle.
The director of Public Works, Richard Crenca submitted a BID proposal to the City Council (above) that outlined the necessity for a new Peterbilt 520 w Auto-Side Loader. Crenca claims in his request that during the first week of August 2017, a 2006 Sterling Condor sanitation truck experienced a blown engine. At that time, the truck logged 16,979 hours and 129,584 miles. Because of this one trash truck down out of a fleet of 14, it has "become increasingly difficult to provide regular preventive maintenance along with breakdown repairs and vehicles out of service for warranty repairs. This has resulted in the staff of the automotive division being required to work overtime on Saturdays to keep up with routine maintenance and repairs at a cost of approximately $800/week."
Crenca stated at Monday's Council meeting that the Automotive Division was already about $3k over their $65K OT budget because of this ongoing situation.
Crenca states that in just one week alone, the recycling and Sanitation Division spent approx. $12,000 in OT.
Six months post blown trash truck engine, Crenca now estimates it will cost approx. $83,000 to repair the truck and possibly then some, and the truck has reached the end of its useful life. Crenca also states that on average, there are at least two sanitation/recycling trucks down PER DAY, due to repairs.
This 2006 "back up" sanitation vehicle has been out of commission for the past 6 months. Before spending $265K on a new truck, --invest in GPS instead-- to be installed in all City sanitation vehicles. Monitor trash pickup route activity for a few months to determine how sanitation services can operate more efficiently. This will most likely eliminate the possible need to purchase a new sanitation truck.
What is the City doing to drive home the message on the importance of recycling? The more Warwick recycles, the more money the City gets back. The City saw a landfill tipping fee increase of $100,000 in just one fiscal year alone. More recycling= less tonnage getting dumped at the landfill= more $$$ saved.
The City cannot keep spending until it first addresses waste-fraud-and abuse that CONTINUES to take place within City departments to this very day. A City that operates with no accountability is openly and unjustly extorting more and more from the taxpayers.
It's unfair, unjust, irresponsible and criminal.