PAWTUCKET â€” Mayor Donald R. Grebien will begin a â€śride-alongâ€ť program where he will ride along on city vehicles from various departments to better learn about their daily operations and challenges on a first-hand basis. The program will begin this Thursday, Oct. 27, with a ride-along on city sanitation trucks. Later ride-alongs will include with police and fire vehicles.
â€śSince taking office in January it has always been my intention to thoroughly get to know the day to day workings of every department,â€ť Grebien said. â€śI believe riding along and working side by side with the city workers who pick up our trash and clean our streets, and who protect our homes from fire and protect the public safety of our residents, will be a great way to see what goes on every day in delivering our vital city services.â€ť
Grebien also said he expected to learn much from the city workers with whom he will be riding.
â€śI look forward to spending the day with our employees, who truly make this city run, to see the challenges they may face and to get their ideas on how we could do a more efficient job of serving our taxpayers,â€ť the mayor said.
His first assignment will be with the Sanitation Department starting with a tour of the city transfer station on Grotto Avenue (off Mineral Spring) at 8:30 a.m. to be followed by a ride-along on a sanitation truck picking up trash in the Woodlawn and Oak Hill neighborhoods.
In subsequent weeks, Grebien will continue the program by riding with most divisions in the Department of Public Works as well as with the police and fire departments.