I noticed that it was mainly trucks from Thiele Trucking of Owatonna hauling downtown snow to Babcock Park yesterday morning. A separate contract is awarded each year for the plowing of the nine City parking lots. Evidently City workers and City-owned equipment are used for everything else snow-related.
When we first moved to Northfield in the mid-70s, garbage-hauling was done by City workers using City-owned trucks. At some point, a decision was made to contract it all out to Waste Management. Updated Jan. 5, 7 pm: Not true. See comment #5 below by Dave DeLong and my following comment.
Under terms of a 2007 deal, union truck drivers earned huge overtime checks when heavy snows blanketed Chicago. But the cash-strapped mayor asked unions to give up overtime payments and accept compensation time instead to cut costs. The Teamsters union officials who represent the city’s drivers declined to agree to that concession and other pay-cut moves, even while other employee unions gave in to the mayor’s demands.
In this era of municipal cost-cutting, I’m wondering how Northfield’s current combination of public and private service delivery on snow plowing and removal emerged and whether it’s regularly reviewed for quality and price.