Watertown's Mayor Wants To Reduce More Firefighter Overtime

Watertown's Mayor Wants To Reduce More Firefighter Overtime

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Fresh off a win in court, Watertown's mayor says the city should be cutting even more overtime from its fire department.

After a state Supreme Court judge blocked arbitration of a dispute over minimum staffing, Mayor Joe Butler said at Monday night's council meeting he wants to make it so extra firefighters won't be called in when someone takes a vacation day.

That adds to a change made weeks ago that when a firefighter calls in sick, an extra firefighter isn't called in to work unless fewer than 13 firefighters are on, which has cut costs for the city.

"We're saving some money, but if you expanded on that, you'd save -- you'd be looking at saving serious money," Butler said.

Since council member Lisa Ruggiero wasn't at the meeting, council members are going to wait before they discuss the staffing matter. 

Butler also wants to bring the consultant who took a look at the city's fire department a few years ago back now that a court ruling has changed the game on the minimum staffing.

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