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Old 02-13-2011, 08:58 AM
 
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ON A SUNDAY?!?!?!?! The streets aren't dirty to begin with, and even if they were, it could wait until the work week, when I'm not paying double time to a city employee!!!

Who makes these decisions? Isn't the city, like the rest of the country, facing budgetary problems? We're firing teachers but cleaning the already clean streets on a Sunday?
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:02 AM
 
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I don't think city employees get double time just for working on Sundays.
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:56 AM
 
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ON A SUNDAY?!?!?!?! The streets aren't dirty to begin with, and even if they were, it could wait until the work week, when I'm not paying double time to a city employee!!!

Who makes these decisions? Isn't the city, like the rest of the country, facing budgetary problems? We're firing teachers but cleaning the already clean streets on a Sunday?
Which street? Would help with context. Maybe there was another avian drop out from the sky that needed to be swept under.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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Which street? Would help with context. Maybe there was another avian drop out from the sky that needed to be swept under.
Sardis Oaks, Sardis woods, High Timbers, etc. All the neighborhoods off Sardis Road north.

I don't see any dead birds, cats, dogs, hamsters, tree limbs, or fish. No mass kills here.
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:07 PM
 
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I have a theory - mind you, it is JUST a theory, as I haven't found any explanation. I think that the street sweeping aims to help keep the drains clear so that when it rains there is less flooding. Now, it would be nice to be able to only do this when streets/gutters were dirty, but I don't think that would work because certain times of the year, because everyone's street would be dirty at the same time. I expect it's more a scheduled thing and they just make the rounds of the city based on that schedule - whether the street needs it or not. I see them on my street 3-4 times a year it seems like - and it also seems like they always show up just after I've raked all my leaves/pine needles!! And my "street" is a cul-de-sac with 12 homes on it, so it's not like it's just the major streets either.

ETA: North Carolina labor laws require over time payment when an employee has worked more than 40 hours in a week, regardless of the days of the week worked.
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:11 PM
 
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I have a theory - mind you, it is JUST a theory, as I haven't found any explanation. I think that the street sweeping aims to help keep the drains clear so that when it rains there is less flooding. Now, it would be nice to be able to only do this when streets/gutters were dirty, but I don't think that would work because certain times of the year, because everyone's street would be dirty at the same time. I expect it's more a scheduled thing and they just make the rounds of the city based on that schedule - whether the street needs it or not. I see them on my street 3-4 times a year it seems like - and it also seems like they always show up just after I've raked all my leaves/pine needles!! And my "street" is a cul-de-sac with 12 homes on it, so it's not like it's just the major streets either.

ETA: North Carolina labor laws require over time payment when an employee has worked more than 40 hours in a week, regardless of the days of the week worked.

Exactly. And I imagine those city crews are on Wed-Sunday, Sunday-Thursday or some such other non-traditional schedule, not requiring overtime.

If they were doing it on a weekday, folks would complain that they were impeding traffic.. .Makes perfect sense to me.
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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Maybe there's been a toxic spill...?
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:30 PM
 
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ON A SUNDAY?!?!?!?! The streets aren't dirty to begin with, and even if they were, it could wait until the work week, when I'm not paying double time to a city employee!!!

Who makes these decisions? Isn't the city, like the rest of the country, facing budgetary problems? We're firing teachers but cleaning the already clean streets on a Sunday?

Talk about making sweeping assumptions
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Old 02-13-2011, 01:54 PM
 
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Maybe they're casing houses...
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:53 PM
 
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Talk about making sweeping assumptions
HA HA you made a funny.

It's just a waste. The gutters were clear already. Regardless of how much the workers were paid, it didn't need to be done. But hey, if no one else sees a problem with it, who am I to complain? It's just money.
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