This week’s extreme cold weather has forced some changes in how Evanston provides city services.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says workers who normally are one-man-bands — driving recycling trucks and emptying recycling containers into the trucks — got some extra help today.

“Staff paired a streets vehicle with two operators with each recycling truck to ensure all routes were collected and reduce operator exposure to the cold,” Bobkiewicz says.

The three workers rotated the frigid job of emptying the carts on each route.

He says the same system will be in place tomorrow, and that Groot Industries, which picks up trash in the city, also added more trucks and extra manpower today.

Bobkiewicz says the city’s Health and Human Services Department, working with police, has referred about 15 people to overnight cold weather shelters this week, and the fire department transported one homeless man suffering from frostbite to a hospital.

The city’s recreation centers have had dozens of people take part in special “school’s out” programs, and about 375 seniors showed up at the Levy Center for its various programs today.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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