City Employees Save the City Tens of Thousands of Dollars
February 8, 2013
Albuquerque- Today Mayor Richard J. Berry honored four employees from the Department of Municipal Development for a project they started in 2010, that has created a cost savings of $20,000 every year since its inception. Ronald Soto, Benjamin Brokaw, Matthew Yannoni, and Robert Nunez are the latest recipients of the City of Albuquerque’s Efficiency, Stewardship, and Accountability award [ESA]. This summer marks the completion of the fiscal year; at that point this group will have saved the city a total of $60,000.
The DMD employees launched this project in 2010 with the goal of redefining the City of Albuquerque’s boundaries; creating a better map of where city utilities are located. The group worked with NM One Call, the agency that coordinates with all utility owners to identify utility locations, and to avoid any damage to utility lines. The DMD employees knew that special attention needed to be paid to protecting the City’s underground conduit, because if it were to be damaged it would severely compromise the city’s traffic network.
In an effort to keep citizens from seeing red in brake lights, and to help the City save some green the group started by first helping NM One Call differentiate the boundaries between the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The team worked vigorously to create jurisdictional mapping through GPS and the plotting all Traffic Engineering Infrastructure. This remapping reduced the footprint of the city, ensuring the city is only charged for spotting lines within the City’s boundaries, and thus saving the city tens of thousands of dollars every year.
"We have thousands of multi-talented employees within our workforce," said Mayor Berry. "The fact that these men saw an opportunity to save the City money, and personally saw to completing this project, is a reflection of their honorable character and work standard."