Street Sweeping

A pet project of mine, reviewing of our street sweeping, looks unlikely to be finalised prior to the commencement of the caretaker mode for the upcoming elections.

Not long after joining Council and conferring with some of my neighbours I championed for a review of our street and footpath sweeping program.

The first step of this review was to investigate how we might communicate the pending sweeping of your street in advance. We trialed an SMS notification system but elected members still await the results of that trial. Having said that, I believe it proved successful and that, with some tweaking, might be worth implementing.

The second stage of this review was to assess each and very street in our fair City to determine which may need more regular programmed maintenance and which might require less. This makes sense because it is nonsensical I believe to clean/sweep a given street not in need when others in need have to wait their 6 weeks because it is not their turn.

This part of the review looks unlikely to come back to Council before we go into caretaker mode.

Street Sweeping Update

With the trial completed we are now seeking your input into whether or not you feel it to have been a worthwhile experiment.

Given this was one of my first iniatives on joining Council I am looking forward to a favourable response. Hopefully you all see it as a good idea.

Street Sweeping Update

Another of my early initiatives looks set to be piloted.

Another of the initiatives I championed in my early days on Council looks set to be trialed maybe as early as late July.

Once again, after listening to suggestions from residents , I championed a concept of early warning similar to that used by the CFS to warn residents of pending bush fires. Initially seen as impractical by our administration they so the logic of my arguments and then took up the challenge.

As I have previously blogged the idea is that residents who have indicated a desire to participate will be advised in advance of the programming of our street and kerb sweeper  and the footpath sweeper, via Text, email or other form of communication. they would then advise their neighbours who will then be able to assist in keeping the streets clear of cars to assist in ensuring the sweep is productive.

I have been advised that a number of residents have indicated their interest in participating. As a result the programmed will be trialled as early as late next month.

Unley to Pilate a Street Sweep Initiative

An initiative I put to our administration not long after starting as an elected member, prompted by suggestions from one of our residents is about to be trialled. The apparently will mean we will be the first council adopting a pre-alert street sweep system.
Our depot manager indicated in a ward briefing last night that they had researched the possibility of communicating with selected residents within each zone we have for street sweeping prior to going to this zone.
The purpose of such a system is to alert our residents that we are due to sweep their particular street. By doing so residents who have an interest in ensuring their street is clean can organise to have cars that may prevent a full clean are kept out of the way. It also provides an opportunity for those who wish so to do, to personally sweep their footpath into the gutters.
We have determined that the method of contact could be either by mobile phone (via text), email, Facebook or Twitter. This is a system not unlike that used by the CFS to warn hills residents of a pending bushfire.

Goodwood South is the first ward to hear this news. Other ward councillors will be briefed over the next month at their respective ward briefings.

While this is happening we ask those in our ward who would like to be included in the trial to let us know. Reply to this blog or send me an email and I will ensure your name is on the list.
And a big thank you to our administration, whose first reaction to this suggestion was it would be too hard. I am pumped that they have taken the time and trouble to investigate this initiative.
This, if successful, should be a bonus too for those on our staff that do the seemingly thankless job of cleaning our streets. Often seen by residents as a service that is not provided because they do not see the street sweeper in action and believe they have not been because another wind has blown more leaves into the street, we might now see residents tangibly appreciate the work of these guys. I don,t think it is a job I would want.