Firefighters work unusual hours. In fact, Rosenberg firefighters work 48 hours on and 96 hours off. At the most recent Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members unanimously agreed to amend the personnel policies and procedures as they relate to working hours for the fire department.

This item was placed on the consent agenda, meaning council did not take it up for discussion.

The previous rule for firefighters stated that the work week began on Saturday and ended on Friday. With the newly adopted amendments, the work week schedule will begin on Sunday at 7 a.m. and end on Sunday at 6:59 a.m. Adjusting the shift to align with other departments will streamline regional training and create better continuity when working with other departments, city staff said.

In other business, council members voted in favor of moving forward with the fiscal year 2020 sidewalk repair and reconstruction project. According to city staff, the project prioritizes repairs based on safety and overall pedestrian usage.

The targeted streets are: Spruce Drive, Greenwood Drive and Redbud Drive.

“I did get some requests when the list was published,” Mayor Bill Benton told council. “The comment was, ‘Why not my sidewalk?’

“So, we’re going to get to them. We’re going to get to all the sidewalks.

“I think we’ve done probably more sidewalks in this city in the last six years than the city did in the prior 30.

“That’s a lot of sidewalks. We’re going to get to all of them.”

The city has allocated $11,000 for sidewalk projects in the 2020 fiscal year budget. The next Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

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