Here’s news from the Village of Mamaroneck :
The Village of Mamaroneck has been recognized by the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) through a Local Government Achievement Award to the Village for our Sanitation Route redesign, which was studied in 2010 and 2011 and implemented on January 1, 2012.
For background on this effort, in 2010, the Board of Trustees authorized the Village of Mamaroneck to retain Red Oak Consulting, a division of Malcolm Pirnie, to perform a study and analysis of the Village of Mamaroneck’s Sanitation function, to increase efficiency and cut costs.
During the course of the ensuing year and a half, the Village’s staff in the Public Works and Sanitation divisions worked with staff from Red Oak Consulting to directly monitor and observe all sanitation routes, observe a full recycling route, and review and analyze our tonnages of garbage and recycling being disposed of on an annual basis.
Upon collecting all of the data and information, the elected officials and administrative staff worked with Red Oak Consulting to guide the process for recommendations that would achieve the greatest cost-benefit for our taxpayers. Staff directly involved in the review and analysis included Sanitation Foreman Bobby Welsh, General Foreman Tony Iacovelli, Assistant Village Manager Dan Sarnoff, Village Manager Rich Slingerland, as well as all of the sanitation workers, clerical and support staff in the Clerk/Treasurer’s Office and Public Works Department.
The project that was implemented by the Board, upon completion and acceptance of Red Oak’s analysis, was the elimination of one full route, cutting one employee and re-assigning two employees and one truck. In turn, the village’s garbage and recycling routes were redesigned to distribute the work among all of the remaining crews and trucks. Once the program was fully implemented, Sanitation Foreman Bobby Welsh’s tweaking of the routes improved the productivity and financial savings to the Village.
Through the elimination of a vacancy, the Village and our taxpayers began saving over one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) per year, starting on June 1, 2011, based on salary, pension, medical benefits and social security expenses. As other employees retire and positions are not filled, the Village will save another $100,000 to $200,000 per year, totaling $300,000 per year when a second (two total) employees have retired and their positions are not replaced, and one truck is taken out of service and not replaced, saving on debt service, gas and maintenance.
Said Mayor Norman Rosenblum, “The taxpayers come first. We are always doing everything we can to make sure our operations are as efficient and cost-effective as possible. This study and implementation of the garbage route changes has been a significant success for the Village, especially since we were able to provide for the savings through elimination of vacancies, and not by firing or laying off anyone. This also illustrates the great working relationship between the Village Administration and its employees.”