2014 – 2015 Budget Season Update – 4/1/2014

Posted by Bob on April 1, 2014 under Daily Blogs | Be the First to Comment

Naugatuck’s Board of Finance has been reviewing departmental budgets in preparation for the 2014 – 2015 Borough budget.  The proposed budgets for each department can be viewed at the following links in Microsoft Excel format.  Column F represents the amount approved for the 2013 – 2014 budget; Column H represents the amount requested by the respective department head or representative; and Column I represents the initial recommendation of the Board of Finance.

The budgets previously linked above in Microsoft Excel format may be viewed below in .pdf format.

All budgets at this point in the process are preliminary and subject to change as the process continues.  It is very likely that additional cuts will be made before a proposed budget is presented at public hearing, currently scheduled for Monday, May 12, 2014.  The current budget calendar has been revised slightly, and can be viewed here.  All budget hearings are open to the public, and comment is encouraged at the public hearing.

It is the responsibility of department heads and/or agency representatives to provide the Board of Finance with an accurate reflection of what they believe is needed to operate their respective department or agency. Unfortunately revenue is limited each budget year to meet such needs.  What often results at this stage of the process is requests for increases in funding well above the previous year’s expenditures for many departments.  While the media may occasionally reference such a significance increase in a particular department, budget presentations and initial recommendations are in their early stages.  All recommendations after initial presentation are still subject to additional scrutiny in the form of a final review by the Board of Finance, an initial approval of the Joint Boards of Finance and Mayor and Burgesses (“Joint Boards”), and the presentation of a proposed budget at public hearing before final adoption by the Joint Boards.  Some numbers in various line items at this stage of the process are nothing more than place holders until more information is obtained.

With the exception of the Board of Education budget Tri-Boards’ (Board of Education, Board of Finance and Board of Mayor and Burgesses) meeting, all budget hearings are generally held in the Commissioners Corner, Fourth Floor of Town Hall (229 Church Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770), beginning at 6:30 PM.  The Tri-Boards meeting to discuss the Board of Education budget, which is scheduled for next Monday, April 7, 2014, 6:30 PM; will be held in the auditorium of Naugatuck High School (543 Rubber Avenue, Naugatuck, CT 06770).  All budget meetings are open to the public, but comment is reserved for the public hearing.

 

 

Trash/Recycling Collection to Resume Friday (2/14/2014)

Posted by Bob on February 13, 2014 under Daily Blogs | 3 Comments to Read

Naugatuck trash and recycling collection will resume on Friday (2/14/2014).  The following schedule will be in effect given the delay caused by today’s (2/13/2014) weather:

  • Regular Thursday collection will be Friday (2/14/2014); and
  • Regular Friday collection will be Saturday (2/15/2014).

Trucks may be dispatched earlier than usual on the day of collection depending on scheduling constraints and/or weather-related disruptions.  It is also possible that some streets will be collected later than normal as some collection crew members also assist with snow plowing and clearing efforts.  As always, please ensure all trash and recycling containers are placed curbside by midnight on the day of collection.  Collection is always subject to change as a result of weather-related disruptions.

Please direct any questions or concerns regarding trash and/or recycling collection to the Department of Public Works at 203-720-7072.  If your trash and/or recycling concern is after hours and urgent, please feel free to contact me by regular email (bob@bobmezzo.com) or on my cell phone (203-217-0876, please leave a name if you are texting).

Thursday (2/13/2014) Trash / Recycling Collection Postponed

Posted by Bob on February 12, 2014 under Daily Blogs | Read the First Comment

Trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day beginning Thursday (2/13/2014) as a result of the inclement weather predicted for tomorrow (2/13/2014).  The need for any further delays will be evaluated tomorrow (2/13/2014) and announced accordingly.

When post-storm collection resumes, trucks may be dispatched earlier than usual on the day of collection depending on scheduling constraints and/or weather-related disruptions.  As always, please ensure all trash and recycling containers are placed curbside by midnight on the day of collection.

Please be advised that the Borough’s Parking Ban is always in effect at the beginning of snow or ice fall, and remains in effect until twelve (12) hours after the end of a storm.  For more information about the Parking Ban, including a list of streets or portions thereof that are exempt, please access the link embedded herein.

Any information regarding cancellations and/or delays for Naugatuck Schools are made and announced by Board of Education officials.

Borough Board Recap – 2/5/2014

Posted by Bob on February 5, 2014 under Daily Blogs | Be the First to Comment

The following actions were taken by the Board of Mayor and Burgesses (“BMB”) last evening (2/4/2014) at the regular monthly meeting.

Information Technology Ordinance

The BMB approved ratification of the Borough’s first information technology (“IT”) ordinance by a vote of nine (9) to one (1).  The new ordinance, which can be viewed here, establishes a IT Commission in partnership with the Naugatuck Board of Education (“BoE”).  The seven-member commission will be named in the coming weeks.

As IT becomes an increasingly critical component of both municipal and BoE operations, the new ordinance recognizes the need for detailed analysis of and planning for the Borough’s future needs.  The new commission will advise and make recommendations to the members of the BoE, Board of Finance and BMB during the budget process and other important decision-making opportunities throughout the fiscal year.  We would like to thank Chairperson/Deputy Mayor Tamath Rossi, Borough IT Director Jim Kallipolites and BoE IT Director Alan Merly for formulating an ad hoc IT committee that has already begun to address some of the subject matter in preparation for the 2014-2015 budget process.  We are also grateful for the volunteers who have come forth to serve on the committee and lend their expertise in the IT field to the Borough.

Anti-Scavenging Ordinance

The BMB also approved the adoption of an anti-scavenging ordinance, which can be viewed here (exact language subject to final approval by the Borough attorney).  The purpose of the ordinance was to address the growing concerns of citizens regarding individuals who rummage through the recycle and/or trash bins placed curbside by residents.   While several Burgesses stated no objections to individuals in financial need searching for returnable recyclables, there were concerns raised relative to public safety, littering and organized efforts to take recyclables in large amounts for profit.  Prior to the adoption of the ordinance, law enforcement officials had no way to prevent individuals from searching through trash and/or recyclables placed curbside for collection.  While there is no intention to enforce the ban in a overly-aggressive manner, the new ordinance provides law enforcement with a necessary tool to use to cease such activity on occasions when such actions become problematic.

Approval of New Collective Bargaining Agreement with Public Works Employees

The Board of Mayor and Burgesses (“BMB”) unanimously authorized execution of a new collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) between the Borough and the Public Works collective bargaining unit (“CBU”), American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Employees (“AFSCME, AFL-CIO”), Local 1303-12 (hereinafter “AFSCME Public Works”).  The agreement, which covers the period from July 1, 2012 (retroactively) through June 30, 2015, can be viewed here.  A Contract Settlement Summary of the CBA prepared by Director of Human Resources John Lawlor can be viewed here in both Microsoft Word and .pdf format.

The CBA includes changes in contributions to existing employee health benefits similar to the agreements reached with other bargaining units.  A summary of the CBA is as follows:

Health Care

The Borough achieved significant cost savings as a result of changes to health benefit packages offered to the members of the CBU.  Two choices are offered to members:  the traditional preferred provider organization or “PPO”; and the high deductible health plan or “HDHP”, which for the plan offered is a health savings account or “HSA”.  Many members of the CBU have already switched to the HSA through previous negotiations.

PPO

Retroactive to January 1, 2013, the premium cost share for members in enrolled in the PPO plan will increase from eight (8%) percent to nine (9%) percent.  Premium cost shares for members will increase to ten (10%) percent and eleven and 50/100ths (11.5%) percent respectively on July 1, 2013 (retroactively); and July 1, 2014.

HDHP or HSA

The Borough and the AFSCME Public Works CBU agreed to changes to the existing HSA plan that will result in savings. Retroactive to January 1, 2013, members will pay two (2%) percent for the premium cost share of the HSA.  That percentage will rise to  four (4%) percent effective January 1, 2014, and increase to six (6%) percent beginning January 1, 2015.    Effective January 1, 2013, the HSA deductible will shift to a TWO THOUSAND and 00/100THS ($2,000.00) DOLLAR / FOUR THOUSAND and 00/100THS ($4,000.00) DOLLAR plan.

More importantly, members enrolled in the HSA will gradually increase the deductible paid toward their respective plan in the following manner over the life of the agreement (plans are managed on the basis of calendar years rather than fiscal years):

  • Retroactive to January 1, 2013: members will pay thirty (30%) percent of the deductible;
  • Effective January 1, 2014: members will increase their portion of the deductible to forty (40%) percent; and
  • Beginning January 1, 2015: members will increase their portion of the deductible to fifty (50%) percent.

The changes to the health benefits contained in the CBA represent significant savings to the Borough over the three (3) year period.  The Borough is currently in the process of renegotiating health benefit rates and seeking bids from alternative carriers.  Our Department of Finance did not provide a fiscal analysis of the savings due to the volatility of the premium renewal figures already provided by the existing carrier, and the uncertainty of alternative pricing structures being solicited.

Pensions

No changes were made to the pension as an agreement was reached in a previous agreement to provide defined contribution pension plans to new members of the CBU.  The defined benefit pension plan is no longer offered to new hires in any of the Borough’s seven (7) municipal bargaining units.

Wages

Members of the CBU will receive increases in general wages for the following years at the following rates:

  • 2012-2013:  Two and 15/100ths (2.15%) percent (retroactive to July 1, 2012);
  • 2013-2014:  Two and 15/100ths (2.15%) percent (retroactive to July 1, 2013; and
  • 2014-2015:  Two and 20/100ths (2.20%) percent.

In addition, the Borough agreed to increase the cleaning/clothing/safety allowance payments effective July 1, 2012, from EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY and 00/100THS ($850.00) DOLLARS to NINE HUNDRED FIFTY and 00/100THS ($950.00) DOLLARS; and applicable meal allowance payments from SIX and 00/100THS ($6.00) DOLLARS to EIGHT and 00/100THS ($8.00) DOLLARS.

A fiscal analysis of the aforementioned totals including positions can be viewed in both Microsoft Excel and .pdf version. Said fiscal analysis uses conservative figures that do not include the yet-to-be-determined savings that will be achieved as a result of the changes to the health care plans as discussed above.

Other Changes

The Borough and the AFSCME Public Works CBU also agreed to other language changes in the new CBA, including but not limited to the following:

  • Clarifying the Borough’s right to use global position system (“GPS”) and/or security cameras in Borough vehicles;
  • Limiting the amount of unused sick time for which an existing employee (90 days) and new employee (30 days) can be compensated upon separation from employment with the Borough;
  • Establishing a drug and alcohol free workplace policy which authorizes testing;
  • Increasing the probationary period of new employees from ninety (90) to one hundred twenty (120) days; and
  • Streamlining the grievance process language.

Our administration would like to thank the members of the AFSCME Public Works CBU, particularly the representatives on the negotiating team, for respectful and productive dialogue.  Borough Labor Counsel Nick Grello, Director of Human Resources John Lawlor and Borough Controller Bob Butler were an integral part of the management process in addition to Director of Public Works Jim Stewart, and Public Works Superintendent Bob Roland.

We sincerely appreciate the hard work and commitment demonstrated by our public works employees on a daily basis. Their job requires hard work, long hours and is often performed in extreme weather conditions.  While their collective contributions often go unnoticed and, in my opinion, under-appreciated; Naugatuck could literally not function without them.  We also recognize the negotiating team for working toward a more sustainable health benefit system for its membership and the Borough alike.  The terms of the CBA are consistent with previous agreements reached with Borough teachers, clerical employees, visiting nurses, police officers, firefighters and supervisors which combined modest pay increases with significant health care savings. Given the constraints of the state’s current collective bargaining law , the new CBU represents an equitable compromise between both parties.  All Borough employment agreements for union and non-union employees are included on the Human Resource page of the Borough’s website (agreements can be accessed through the “choice a category” drop-down menu).

Trash and Recycling Pushed-Back One Day Beginning Wednesday (2/5/2014)

Posted by Bob on February 4, 2014 under Daily Blogs | Be the First to Comment

Trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day beginning Wednesday (2/5/2014) as a result of the inclement weather predicted for tomorrow morning (2/5/2014).  The schedule for the rest of this week only is as follows:

  • Regular Wednesday (2/5/2014) collection will be Thursday (2/6/2014);
  • Regular Thursday (2/6/2014) collection will be Friday (2/7/2o14); and
  • Regular Friday (2/7/2014) collection will be Saturday (2/8/2014).

Regular collection schedules will resume Monday (2/10/2014), weather permitting.  As always, please ensure all trash and recycling containers are placed curbside by midnight on the regular day of collection.  Trucks will occasionally be dispatched earlier than usual on the day of collection depending on scheduling constraints and/or weather-related disruptions.

Tri-Boards to Review Long Term School Proposal – 1/28/2014

Posted by Bob on January 28, 2014 under Daily Blogs | Be the First to Comment

The Long Term School Facility Planning Committee (“LTSFPC”) will present its final draft report to the Tri-Boards (Board of Education, Board of Finance and Board of Education seating together) tonight, (Tuesday, January 28, 2014) at City Hill Middle School (441 City Hill Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770) beginning at 6:30 PM.  This presentation will mark the first time most members of the Tri-Boards will be briefed on the LTSFPC’s detailed plan for Naugatuck school infrastructure over the next twenty (20) years.  The presentation is the culmination of over two (2) years of detailed research and analysis by members of the LTSFPC.

The report which will be presented to the Tri-Board may be viewed here in .pdf format.  The Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that will introduce the report can be viewed here in both PowerPoint and .pdf formats.

The LTSFPC, chaired by local Naugatuck attorney Pete Hess, was originally charged with formulating a long term vision for Naugatuck school infrastructure after the controversial redistricting imposed for the 2010-2011 school year.  The first phase of the plan has already begun implementation with the renovation of Naugatuck High School.  Recommendations regarding other Borough-owned buildings in Downtown Naugatuck such as the Naugatuck Train Station, Building 25 and the Naugatuck Town Hall have been incorporated into the report.   

The Tri-Boards meeting is open to the public.  While public comment will not be solicited at this particular meeting, there will be ample opportunity to comment in the future.

Borough Departments to Open at Noon on Friday (1/3/2014)

Posted by Bob on January 3, 2014 under Daily Blogs | Be the First to Comment

The Naugatuck Town Hall, Naugatuck Senior Center  and all other non-emergency management departments will open at 12:00 Noon today (Friday, January 3, 2014) as a result of the snow and winter weather.  Employees working in non-emergency management departments should report to work at 12:00 Noon today (1/3/2014).

All employees working within departments with emergency management responsibilities (including but not limited to the Fire Department, Police Department and Department of Public Works) shall remain on regular schedules at the discretion of supervisors.

The Naugatuck Senior Center will function as a warming center from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM.  Anyone in need of long term sheltering should use the 2-1-1 system to find available spaces within the region. Please contact 9-1-1 for true emergencies.

If at all possible, we urge residents to avoid travel until the end of the storm.  Be safe.

UPDATE – 5:25 AM – 1/4/2013 – TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTION ON REGULAR HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Naugatuck trash and recycling collection remains on regular holiday schedule with collection routes pushed-back one day from New Year’s Day (i.e. regular Wednesday collection was Thursday, Thursday collection is Friday and Friday collection is Saturday). Residents with regular Thursday collection should have already placed containers curbside for Friday (1/3/2013) collection.  We have been experiencing difficulties with some of our recycling trucks, but residents are still urged to place garnet recycling barrels curbside for their regular holiday collection day.  If a recycling container is not collected on its regular holiday collection day, it will likely be collected the following day.   Frequently asked trash and recycling questions can be viewed here.  Please feel free to contact the Department of Public Works at 203-720-7071 or 203-720-7072 with any questions.

First Phase of Naugatuck Greenway To Be Formally Opened Today – 12/20/2013

Posted by Bob on December 20, 2013 under Daily Blogs | Be the First to Comment

Construction of the first phase of the Naugatuck Greenway was recently completed after many years in the planning

View of the Naugatuck Greenway just south of the Pulaski Footbridge.

process.  The Naugatuck Department of Public Works will host a brief ceremony today, Friday, December 20, 2013, to formally open the Greenway to the public.  The ceremony will take place at 2:30 PM, at the new pocket park on the east side of the Pulaski Footbridge, across the Naugatuck River from the Polish-American Club (199 Bridge Street, Naugatuck,  CT 06770).  Local officials have been invited to attend the event, which is open to the public.

The portion of the Greenway at which the ceremony will take place will also be dedicated to Naugatuck boxing great “Irish” Pat Mallane. A proud product of the Union City section of the Borough, Pat Mallane was one of the most accomplished fighters in the Naugatuck Valley. During an distinguished career that was ultimately ended by obligations to family, Irish Pat Mallane earned title fights for the Connecticut and New England lightweight championships.  The highlight of his boxing career may have well been fighting lightweight champion of the world, Patty DeMarco, to a draw in front of a packed crowd in Bridgeport,  CT.  A lifelong resident of Union City, “Irish” Pat Mallane is remembered by all as a man loyal to his family, friends and community.

The first phase of the Naugatuck Greenway is just over one mile in length, spanning from the Pulaski Footbridge in Union City south along the Naugatuck River to the pocket park at the bottom of Exit 27 off Route 8 along Maple Street. Ultimately, it is planned that the pedestrian trail will extend north to the Waterbury border, and south through the picturesque valley of the state forest to the Beacon Falls line.  Greenway construction and planning is happening in all towns through the Naugatuck River Valley in the hopes of one day creating a forty four (44) mile, multi-use trail system from Torrington to Derby.

Borough, Supervisors Reach New Agreement – 12/20/2013

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The Board of Mayor and Burgesses (“BMB”) unanimously authorized execution of a new collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) between the Borough and the Naugatuck Supervisors collective bargaining unit (“CBU”), Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”), Local 2001 (“UPSEU”), at the special meeting held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.  The agreement, which covers the period from July 1, 2013 (retroactively) through June 30, 2016, can be viewed here.  A summary of the fiscal analysis of the CBA prepared by Director of Human Resources John Lawlor can be viewed here in both Microsoft Word and .pdf format.

The CBA includes changes in contributions to existing employee health benefits similar to the agreements reached with other bargaining units.  A summary of the CBA is as follows:

Health Care:

The Borough achieved significant cost savings as a result of changes to health benefit packages offered to the members of the CBU.  Two choices are offered to members:  the traditional preferred provider organization or “PPO”; and the high deductible health plan or “HDHP”, which for the plan offered is a health savings account or “HSA”.  Many members of the CBU have already switched to the HSA through previous negotiations.

PPO

Beginning on January 1, 2014, the premium cost share for members in enrolled in the PPO plan will increase from eight (8%) percent to nine (9%) percent.  Premium cost shares for members will increase to ten (10%) percent and eleven and 50/100ths (11.5%) percent respectively on July 1, 2014; and July 1, 2015.

HDHP or HSA

The Borough and the Supervisors CBU agreed to changes to the existing HSA plan that will result in savings. Beginning January 1, 2015, members will pay four (4%) percent for the premium cost share of the HSA.  That percentage will rise to  six (6%) percent beginning January 1, 2016.    Effective January 1, 2014, the HSA deductible will shift to a TWO THOUSAND and 00/100THS ($2,000.00) DOLLAR / FOUR THOUSAND and 00/100THS ($4,000.00) DOLLAR plan.

More importantly, members enrolled in the HSA will gradually increase the deductible paid toward their respective plan in the following manner over the life of the agreement (plans are managed on the basis of calendar years rather than fiscal years):

  • Beginning January 1, 2014: members will pay twenty five (25%) percent of the deductible;
  • Beginning January 1, 2015: members will increase their portion of the deductible to thirty five (35%) percent; and
  • Beginning January 1, 2016: members will increase their portion of the deductible to fifty (50%) percent.

The changes to the health benefits contained in the CBA represent significant savings to the Borough over the three (3) year period.  Said savings are estimated to total THIRTY SIX THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED NINETEEN and 46/100THS ($36,819.46) DOLLARS over the life of the CBA.  Said calculation was made by the Borough’s Finance Department using a conservative eleven (11%) percent annual interest in health care premiums.  Unfortunately, given the current climate of providing health benefits in the United States, this is just slightly above the average renewal rates.

Pensions

No changes were made to the pension as an agreement was reached in a previous agreement to provide defined contribution pension plans to new members of the CBU.  The defined benefit pension plan is no longer offered to new hires in any of the Borough’s seven (7) municipal bargaining units.

Wages:

Members of the CBU will received increases in general wages for the following years at the following rates:

  • 2013-2014:  Two and 15/100ths (2.15%) percent (retroactive to July 1, 2013);
  • 2014-2015:  Two and 15/100ths (2.15%) percent; and
  • 2015-2016:  Two and 25/100ths (2.25%) percent.

In addition, the Borough agreed to increase the longevity payments by FIFTY and 00/100THS ($50.00) DOLLARS over existing rates.  The longevity payment schedule is as follows:

  • Ten (10) years of service or over:  TWO HUNDRED and 00/100THS ($200.00) DOLLARS;
  • Twenty (20) years of service or over:  THREE HUNDRED and 00/100THS ($300.00) DOLLARS; and
  • Thirty (30) years of service of over:  FOUR HUNDRED and 00/100THS ($400.00) DOLLARS.

After calculating the savings achieved through savings to the health care benefits, the total cost of the new CBA for the fifteen (15) member bargaining unit is estimated at ONE HUNDRED TWENTY FOUR THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED SIXTY THREE and 02/100THS ($124,363.02) DOLLARS, over the three (3) years of the agreement.  That represents the following net percentage increases, inclusive of the health care savings:

  • 2013 – 2014:  2.52%
  • 2014 – 2015:  1.95%
  • 2015 – 2016:  1.33%
  • TOTAL:            6.04%
A fiscal analysis of the aforementioned totals including positions can be viewed in both Microsoft Excel and .pdf version. Said fiscal analysis also includes the changes made to conservatively estimate overtime costs as certain CBU members are required to be classified inclusive of overtime to comply with federal labor law.

Other Changes

The Borough and the Supervisors CBU also agreed to other language changes in the new CBA, including but not limited to the following:

  • Changes to the recognition clause identifying CBU positions;
  • Reserving the right to change payment to bi-weekly and allowing for direct deposit;
  • Clarifying exempt v. non-exempt positions on the Fair Labor Standards Act; and
  • Implementing an evaluation process for all members of the CBU.

Our administration would like to thank the members of the SEIU Local 2001, particularly the representatives on the negotiating team, for respectful and productive dialogue.  Borough Labor Counsel Nick Grello and Director of Human Resources John Lawlor worked reach agreement and finalize the language of the new CBA once the main components of the deal were completed.  Borough Controller Bob Butler provided the fiscal analysis and supporting detail.

We sincerely appreciate the hard work and commitment demonstrated by our supervisors on a daily basis.  Their commitment to assisting in implementing policy changes and increasing efficiencies in their respective departments is a critical part of any successful organization.  We also recognize the negotiating team for working toward a more sustainable health benefit system for its membership and the Borough alike.  The terms of the CBA are consistent with previous agreements reached with Borough teachers, clerical employees, visiting nurses, police officers and firefighters which combined modest pay increases with significant health care savings. Given the constraints of the state’s current collective bargaining law , the new CBU represents an equitable compromise between both parties.

 

Clarification Regarding Winter Storm Parking Ban – 12/17/2013

Posted by Bob on December 17, 2013 under Daily Blogs | 5 Comments to Read

We have received multiple communications with regard to the Winter weather parking ban in the Borough.  The parking ban, which is authorized by our Code of Ordinances, begins at the beginning of any snow or ice fall and remains in effect until twelve (12) hours after the end of the precipitation.  All streets are covered by the parking ban, except those that are specifically exempted.  Information about the parking ban, including a list of exempted streets or portions thereof, is available on the Borough’s website.  While we will sometimes reinforce the existence of the parking ban through various communications in preparation for and/or during a major storm, the ban is in effect for all Winter snow or ice events.

The Naugatuck Police Department (“NPD”) recently completed a thorough review of all streets relative to the parking ban. Revisions were made during this process to the list of exempted streets.  While we can continue to review whether or not a street or portion thereof should be included in the parking ban exemptions, there are unlikely to be any changes to the current list during the 2013 – 2014 Winter season.  We respectfully request the cooperation of residents and visitors with regard to adherence to the parking ban so that public safety and public works personnel will be able to do their respective jobs.  Thank you and be safe.

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