(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David today announced a top-to-bottom overhaul of the City’s Department of Public Works is underway.
“Winter Storm Stella’s historic snowfall exposed long-term deficiencies in the City’s Public Works operation,” said Mayor David. “Substantial changes and improvements are necessary to ensure City Hall provides the best service possible to residents. Mediocrity is not acceptable. The City of Binghamton should and will lead by example in all areas of municipal service, including snow removal.”
The department overhaul includes, but is not limited to:
- Reviewing the entire Public Works fleet, including number and type of heavy vehicles and equipment used in snow removal.
- Workforce reviews, including the number of drivers, equipment operators and training programs.
- Consultation with New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) on best snow plowing strategies, vehicles and training. The City will work with NYSDOT certified trainers and instructors to re-train City plow drivers.
- Examine decades-old City ordinances regarding on-street parking rules and emergency snow protocols.
- Change in management, as Mayor David has replaced current Public Works Commissioner Terry Kellogg and Deputy Commissioner Jon Yeager, effective immediately.
In the short term, Parks Commissioner William Barber has been appointed Commissioner of Public Works. Barber will supervise both the Parks and Public Works departments. Barber will also work with Mayor David to identify and groom new Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner candidates. Carol Quinlivan, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, will take on additional Parks Department duties and responsibilities during this transition.
“The City of Binghamton leads our region in so many important areas, such as infrastructure, technology, blight removal, sustainability and tax relief,” said Mayor David. “Residents deserve snow removal to be one them as well. A top-to-bottom overhaul is already underway to make improvements and build a strong department for years to come.”
The Department of Public Works is responsible for all road maintenance, street cleaning, snow removal, refuse collection, street lighting, traffic signals and pavement markings in the City.
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