Short-staffed Manitowoc tries to be more efficient

Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2014 --- 11:11 a.m.

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- Manitowoc city officials have been developing more efficient ways of getting work done, in response to layoffs that left too few employees to do tasks the old way.

An HTR Media report says officials have been experimenting with ways to make departments leaner and more efficient.

For example, the city laid off half the workers in its street-maintenance department. Now, 17 people are asked to do the work of 33 -- a tall order for tasks such as street plowing.

So operations officials developed plans that include redesigning plow routes and finding more places to dump excess snow.

Alderman Scott McMeans says the idea is to run the city like a lean business. He says staffers are being encouraged to offer smart ideas, and the taxpayers enjoy the benefits.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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