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Ansonia Public Works employee in the spotlight for saving city money
By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich - Thursday, January 4, 2018
Photo: Jean Falbo
Ansonia's Public Works Director Mike D'Alessio will be featured in Connecticut Conference of Municipalities monthly magazine next month for his innovative ways to cut costs while keeping an eye on conservation.
ANSONIA — Ansonia knows what an asset Public Works Superintendent Mike D’Alessio has been and soon the entire state will know, too.
D’Alessio, who has helped save the city more than $100,000 since coming onboard two years ago, will be featured in a state magazine showcasing his cost-cutting measures and love for turning one man’s trash into another man’s treasure.
The magazine, dubbed Connecticut Town & City, is published monthly by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. In existence since 1980, the magazine aims “to present best practices by town governments showing how they provide different services most effectively and with cost efficiency,” according to CCM Communications Director Kevin Maloney.
D’Alessio will be featured in next month’s issue.
“His efforts have led to real cost savings for the City of Ansonia,” Maloney said Wednesday.
Maloney noted that D’Alessio’s unique ways to save the city money were a perfect fit for the magazine.
D’Alessio said he was honored to have captured the attention at the state level, but in his modest and humble demeanor, said he’s just doing his job.
“I really appreciate it and they’re focusing on municipalities who are doing their job and saving money,” said D’Alessio. “And this coming from the state, and being recognized, I’m honored. I like to look and think outside the box, and look everywhere I can to save money. Maybe others (who read the article) can adopt some of the same things we’re doing. I’m always looking to save a buck.”
D’Alessio’s savvy, cost saving ways run the gamut from collecting residents’ curbside leaves and letting them decompose at the Public Works facility where they’ll turn into rich loamto grinding old Christmas trees, debris and brush into mulch, rather than hire an outside company to haul everything away.
When he first came to Ansonia, D’Alessio unburied three old Public Works vehicles and auctioned them off for parts, fetching some $14,000 which enabled him to purchase a roadside machine (not in his budget) to cut overhanging tree branches and brush.
He also figured out how to slash $4,000 a year off the city’s water bill by washing the fleet of trucks for free with WPCA water rather than metered water the city pays for. And simple things, like making sure employees turn off the lights when they leave a room, is part of the daily routine for D’Alessio.
D’Alessio , an Ansonia native and taxpayer, said the cost savings benefit everyone. He’s also working with Derby’s new Public Works superintendent to see if some services can be regionalized and shared to help realize even more savings down the road.
Mayor David Cassetti knows Ansonia is lucky to have D’Alessio.
“Mike has been an asset to the residents of the City of Ansonia,” Cassetti said Wednesday. “There is a willingness and impetus on Mike's part to reach out to other communities which has resulted in improved services for our taxpayers and a cost savings as a result. He is always looking to make the City a better place and we are fortunate to have him as our Public Works Director.”