Editorial: Worcester’s study of DPW&P winter missteps will ensure fewer slips, slides — but leaves one critical question

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The calendar says autumn starts on Sept. 22. However, a recent communication from Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. already has us thinking about winter.

Edward M. Augustus Jr.

Courtesy NAMI Mass

Edward M. Augustus Jr.

Augustus released the results of the city’s top-to-bottom review of its winter operations after high-profile failures last winter.

The city formed a Winter Operations Committee comprising Department of Public Works and Parks Commissioner Paul J. Moosey, Assistant Commissioner Matthew Labovites, Hopkinton Director of Public Works John K. Westerling, former DPW&P commissioner Robert L. Moylan, Emergency Communications and Emergency Management Director Richard H. Fiske, and Assistant City Manager and Human Resources Director Kathleen G. Johnson.

The 28-page report identifies four vulnerabilities: fleet size, vacant positions, reliance on old methods and communication.

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