Dublin City Council

 

Question to City Manager                           City Council Meeting 03/03/2014

 

Q.54    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
In relation to the current Irish Water program of installing water meters can the Manager answer the following questions?

  1. How many incidents of damaged water infrastructure have been reported to Dublin City Council since Irish Water began the project?
  2. How many of the reported incidents did DCC have to repair?
  3. What percentage of the workload of DCC water repairs has this additional work accounted for?
  4. What extra resources have been allocated to DCC water repairs to cover this additional work?

 

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
A total of 304 water leaks were reported to Dublin City Council by the domestic metering contractor up to February 2014. All repairs carried out by Dublin City Council were completed at the request of Irish Water. In all cases Dublin City Council crews carried out the repairs very shortly after the notifications were made to the Water Division to ensure that all services were maintained and leaks repaired as quickly as possible. The bulk of these reported leaks were minor in nature and for the main part were not unprecedented due to pre-existing leaks and other latent issues due to the age or condition of the water pipes. All of the leaks were repaired by Dublin City Council crews and represented approximately 20% of the repair work carried out. No additional resources were deployed to carry out the repairs.

 

Q.55    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
In relation to the new Waste Management Bye Laws litter blitz in the North Inner City and the South Inner City can the Manager confirm the following?

  1. The number of staff allocated to the carrying out the blitz?
  2. How many of these staff are exclusively assigned to this work?
  3. Given that this work is particularly labour intensive, what extra resources have been allocated to the blitz?
  4. How do the DCC intend to address any personal safety concerns staff may have while operating the blitz?

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
The Waste Bye-Laws for the Storage, Presentation & Collection of Household & Commercial Waste (Waste Bye-Laws) came in to effect on the 1st July 2013.

The Bye-Laws contain a specific provision which requires holders of waste (households and commercial premises) to have either a contract in place with an approved waste collector or to have their waste disposed of at an approved facility. The holder is also required to be able to provide documentary evidence of the arrangements that are in place.

Following the introduction of the Bye-Laws, there were extensive information sessions for staff which also covered relevant Health & Safety considerations. Over the last number of months, there have been in excess of 2,000 specific visits to households and commercial premises investigating waste collection arrangements. In addition the City Council is routinely utilising its powers under the Bye-Laws on a daily basis as part of routine responses.

The visits to households are being carried out by Litter Wardens, Public Domain Officers, Environmental Liaison Officers and Inspectors depending on the particular resources available within the Area Offices. This work is also being carried out in addition to the other duties that are assigned to these staff.

The information gathered from these initial visits is currently being collated and reviewed in order to determine the required actions which will range from return visits to the actual issuing of fines or commencement of direct prosecutions. The general consensus is that, whilst time consuming and labour intensive, this measure could benefit the City Council considerably in the coming months and years in dealing with the issue of illegally dumped waste.

 

Q.56    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
Can the Manager provide me with a copy of the affidavit submitted by the Deputy City Planning Officer to the High Court Judicial Review of the Dublin City Council/Oisin Quinn and the Standards in Public Office case?

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
This affidavit is a document of public record and can be made available to Cllr Perry. A copy of affidavit will be sent out to the councillor in the coming week.

Q.57    COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
Can the Manager provide a breakdown by section of the number of staff availing of the current Voluntary Redundancy Scheme? 

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
Set out below is the breakdown across Departments of the 127 City Council employees who have availed of the Voluntary Redundancy Scheme.

 

Department

 

Numbers

Central Area

 

2

City Managers

 

1

Corporate Services

 

2

Culture Recreation & Amenity

 

26

Customer Service Agent

 

2

Development

 

1

Environment & Engineering

 

20

Finance

 

7

Fire Brigade

 

2

Housing & Residential Services

 

22

Human Resources

 

2

Information Systems

 

3

Law

 

1

Motor Taxation Office

 

4

North Central Area

 

2

North West Area

 

2

Planning

 

3

Roads & Traffic

 

14

South Central Area

 

8

South East Area

 

3

Total @ 28/02/2014

 

127