EAST CHICAGO | Reorganization of East Chicago public works operations into a single, cohesive and efficient operation has begun.
The reorganization affects the streets, parks, solid waste and utilities operations.
The reorganization focuses on a zone management approach, where a supervisor and foreman are responsible for all the activities within their zone.
The city has been divided into three zones.
“The new structure creates clear accountability and efficiency for the level of services," Mayor Anthony Copeland said in a Monday news release. "It replaces the old approach of having supervisors from up to three departments overseeing the work at one job site.”
The reorganization also collapsed 26 union classifications down to eight.
“Our new approach allows for more flexibility,” Copeland said.
“I appreciate the support and cooperation that Teamsters 142 demonstrated during recent negotiations in making this reorganization a success.
"This will lead up to job security, a full work schedule, and increase in workers’ pay. The future is indeed promising.”
The new department will centralize purchasing and inventory operations to achieve maximized savings, and establish a job reporting system to track response times and project completion.
The new department is headed by Monsi Corbsie, formerly director of solid waste.
The new public works plan is a component of the city’s ongoing efforts to reduce the municipal budget by more than $4.8 million to balance the budget, and bring about significant improvement in efficiency and operations.