As staff shortages continue to impact the nation, the Town of Jackson is not immune. Currently the Town’s Snowplow Street’s Division, which usually employs 11 people has only 8 staff members.
Other Town staff including the Assistant Public Works Director, Streets Manager, Water Manager, Senior Water Utility Operator, Senior Wastewater Collections Operator, and Meter Reader, who each have other roles in the Public Works department, are filling in behind the wheels of snowplows to help keep the streets clear.
The Town’s snowplow drivers start their day at 2:30am and in the past typically had streets cleared of snow by 7:30am. With current staff shortages, this simply is not possible, and it has been closer to noon before plowing routes are completed after recent storms. Some areas do not get plowed within the first day including alleys and parking lots.