Voluntary furloughs are part of Montpelier City’s proposed solution to a $500,000 deficit caused by the crisis. Road reconstruction will be delayed.
"That will put a detectable dent in the city’s workforce, which includes 116 full-time equivalents – a number that reflects part-time and seasonal help. The city’s police and fire and ambulance departments will remain fully operational, as will the water and wastewater treatment facilities. But Fraser said most other departments will be short-staffed for the foreseeable future and services will be curtailed. “It will be a really ‘basics only’ city for the next two or three months,” he said."
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