U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discusses the latest CBO report, workforce predictions in light of impending Obamacare regulations, risk corridors, the recent house republican retreat, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, Feb. 05. Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.BillFlores020514.mp3
WTAW’s Bill Oliver visits with two officers with the Bryan Police Department. Lori Berndt says BPD is taking applications for new officer positions, and Kelley McKethan reviews Super Bowl weekend activity, along with reminders for January vehicle registration and inspections, and locations of increased traffic enforcement.020414-Kelley-McKethan-Lori-Berndt.mp3
A&M System Chief Business Development Officer Phillip Ray visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about a first year review of the outsourcing contract between the flagship campus and SSC/Compass Group.
Outsourcing to our facilities contractor, SSC, will save the University ~$135.1 million over a ten-year period. This is on top of the ~$135.4 million that was saved by outsourcing dining services over the same ten-year period. These savings include $45.2 million in up-front signing bonus, $32.8 million in capital investment, $52 million in guaranteed dining commission, and $20.4 million in utilities funding. The University has used a portion of the initial savings to recruit additional top researchers and faculty.
When outsourcing was undertaken, there was concern that we could not achieve these savings without laying-off dozens of employees. That has now been proven untrue. SSC transitioned 829 employees from the University. All 829 of those jobs still exist, plus SSC has added 70 new jobs. 178 of the transitioned employees have been promoted since joining SSC. In addition, 99 of the employees who moved to SSC have since gained professional licenses or certifications with SSC’s support. That includes plumbers, electricians and other specialty skilled trades.
But what really makes this effort a success are the results in terms of improved service:
• SSC was handed a two-year backlog of 4,630 work orders at transition. That backlog is now cleared.
• A total of 55,336 work orders were completed in the first year, and the number of work order systems was consolidated from six to one.
• Number of ‘Job Order Contractors’ was increased from 3 to 7 which helped generate ~$1.3 million in additional cost savings on departmental renovation projects.
• Mowing has been shifted from “about” every 10 days to every 7 days.
• In excess of 61 unused vehicles, backhoes and other major equipment belonging to TAMU was turned in and sold via the University’s surplus property auction. This revenue is retained by TAMU.
• SSC refurbished TAMU’s greenhouse in order to grow plants and trees for the University once again.
• SSC has also worked hard to improve the overall appearance of campus buildings and has instituted a green cleaning program. 83% of all cleaning products are now green.
• 10,230 hours (~$187,045) donated to University projects during Year #1 by SSC facilities staff.
College Station city manager Kelly Templin visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia on The Infomaniacs Friday, January 31, 2014.KellyTemplin013114.mp3
Newly elected Bryan city councilman Rafael Pena visited with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia on The Infomaniacs, January 30, 2014.RafaelPena013014.mp3
Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski discussed last night’s council meeting, new towing regulations, the Downtown Bryan Association’s desire to run the Texas Reds Festival, capital project spending projects in member districts, and more during his regular appearance on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, Jan. 29. Click below to listen to Mayor Jason Bienski visit with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.JasonBienski012914.mp3
U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discusses last night’s State of the Union address, legislative branch standing to sue the president, party perceptions, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, Jan. 29. Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.BillFlores012914.mp3
Bill McGuire visited with Scott DeLucia on Monday to talk about some of the most common scams of 2013. Advance fee loans, work from home opportunities and foreign lotteries were near the top of the list.
McGuire also mentioned “Free Shred Day” from the Better Business Bureau and FedStar Credit Union with Brazos Record Storage on Thursday, January 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.BillMcGuire012714.mp3
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Deputy Fire Marshal William Bouse of the Bryan Fire Department visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about staying safe indoors and out during the latest winter weather blast.WilliamBouse012314.mp3
Chuck Glenewinkel of the College Station school district visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about how the district addresses winter weather, an invitation for parents of CSISD students to sign up for emergency text messages, upcoming high school musicals, and the upcoming schedule and process for rezoning elementary schools.ChuckGlenewinkel0122141.mp3