Evanston’s proposed budget for next year calls for eliminating one of three jobs in the city with responsibilities that focus on providing services for the disabled and making sure that city construction projects meet accessibility standards. Ponzi the pig worries that with the staffing cutback, some of the needed work will fall through the cracks.

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  1. Ponzi and the light bulb

    I think a part of the cartoon is missing.  The part where the lightbulb goes off over Ponzi’s head when it finally dawns on him that you cannot keep letting go of staff and have services continue as they were! 

    I think that someone from the City recreation department staff replaced the facilities managment architect….explain how that works?  What about the Assistant City Manager signing off on building permits?  One does have to wonder …

  2. Accountability and staffing

    The City Council over the years when ever there was an issue looked to hiring someone. The issue with the disabiity position.  Each department of the city has a responsibility to follow the law!  No positon would stop engineering from not have proper curb cuts.  No position will stop the recreation department from making a program not accomodate someone with a disabilitiy. Yes there might be one person in the city, to take complaints, but if that person got a complaint every day, the bottomline is the individual departments are not doing their jobs!

    The point of the cartoon is the city better follow the law – no matter how it wants to staff for ADA.

    3-1-1 is not going to solve the problems the city appears to have in certain areas. I find it hard to beiieve the assistant city manager is signing off on building permits? If this is true I would like to know more. 

    As the city down sizes it appears they are putting some staff members in positions they are not qualified to do. This does create a path to failure, and extra cost.  I suspect some of this is due to the politics and unions, but in the long run less staff is not bad. The council needs to better understand how to use staff effieciently and also make changes in how the city does business. The long term mix of contractors, part-time employees to full time has to change. 

  3. Disabled are few

    Although not PC to say out loud, there are probably fewer disabled folks than branch library users in Evanston. What did Ald. Burris say about not spending to benefit "the few."?

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