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Weather report from the engineering department

March 10th, 2009 · 7 Comments

As a public service, I am providing information about the impending move of the engineering department to the Crossroads building. I understand from various parties that there’s a certain amount of uncertainty about whether the move is going to happen, perhaps due to cost-cutting. I asked Jerry Dobrovolny (while I had him on the phone about road volumes) what’s happening. He assured me that the department is, indeed, moving to the building during the summer.

That’s apparently just part of the edginess currently prevailing in engineering. Apparently people in the department have had more than one go-round with new city manager Penny Ballem.  The plan for snow ploughing was one battle. The plans for city land around the Second Avenue SkyTrain station was another. In both cases, engineering staff set out what they thought should happen and Dr. Ballem told them that wasn’t the way it was going to be done. Not sitting well, I understand.

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