Ask Joe: Why were Carson street crews working on Memorial Day?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 5/28/2014 6:42 pm
From the Ask Joe file one of our viewers has a question about the timing of some road work happening in Carson City.
Pete from Carson wrote in asking why Carson City performs routine maintenance on non-work days which costs taxpayers time-and-a-half or even double time ?
 He says he's seen crews working on weekends and even noticed them working on Fifth street on Monday, which was Memorial Day.
I checked with Darren Schulz...The Carson City Public Works Director about this.
 Schulz checked into and confirmed that crews were out sealing cracks on fifth street on the holiday, Memorial Day.  It was a three person crew and all three were paid double time for that work.   The reason Schulz says is Carson City has hired a private contractor to reseal a number of streets including Fifth street and all of the cracks have to be filled before that resealing can take place.   To get it all done in time they had to pay a crew to work on Memorial Day.
 You will also see crews doing striping and painting on some weekends in Carson City.
Schulz says the reason for that is simply to avoid disrupting traffic on busy work days in Carson.   Instead, when it's feasible, workers are paid time-and-a-half to do that work on weekends. Again, typically that is to avoid having to shut down roads and inconvenience the thousands of drivers who use those streets during the work week.

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