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County cleaning and maintenance operations lack sound management

March 30, 2010
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ACCOMACK, VA — The Accomack County Board of Supervisors recently received a proposal to consolidate building and grounds maintenance work at 58 facilities now done by three separate departments in an effort to save money, according to the Daily Times.
Although consolidating the maintenance of county, school and parks and recreation facilities would save taxpayers money, a recent report recommends against it because of a lack of sound management practices, the story stated.
The report, written by county employee Dan Hillman, does not make specific staffing recommendations but does "strongly recommend" that the county perform a comprehensive analysis to determine staffing requirements at all county facilities to maximize productivity and eliminate wasteful overstaffing, the story noted.
According to the report, successful consolidation would require better tracking of information, the use of computerized management systems, an analysis of staffing levels by facility and basic training for managers and supervisors.
Hillman said: "The absence of this type of management information will, by the sheer nature of its absence, have a deleterious effect on the effectiveness of any operation or process."
The 52 county employees are responsible for cleaning and maintaining 11 school buildings totaling 832,600 square feet and 18 county buildings totaling 139,112 square feet, the story added.
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