Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Daley spurns aldermens' gripes over street cleaning plan

Mayor Daley on Tuesday swept aside aldermanic complaints about his cost-cutting plan to switch street sweeping from a ward-by-ward to a grid system and reduce the number of sweepers by 34 percent.

“If this side of the street is one ward and the other side [is another ward], we can only clean one side one day and the other [side] the other day. So, you clean both at the same time,” Daley said.

“It’s efficiency and saving money. If I can only go up to Ohio Street and not cross, people say, `Why can’t you cross? Well, that’s a different ward.’ It’s a grid system. ... Instead of stopping at one block, you keep going another block or two blocks or three blocks. ... It’s like a library. A library doesn’t serve one [ward]. It serves the whole community.”

Aldermen don’t see it that way. To them, it’s a dramatic reduction in a service their constituents hold dear — and a loss of control for aldermen who’ll get the blame if a fall-off leaves their streets filthy.

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