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Workers battle cold to keep Gainesville functioning
A Gainesville Public Works crew braves the frigid weather vacuuming leaves along Nottingham Drive on Tuesday morning when temperatures were in the single digits. From left, they are Jacob Mote, Michael Bennett and James Coleman.
Many outdoor workers were excused from having to toil in low temperatures Tuesday, but others braved the single digits — including Gainesville public works crews — to maintain the city. Gainesville Public Works Director David Dockery said solid waste and street maintenance crews were out working by 7 a.m. in freezing temperatures. “Our street department has a staff of 30 and for everyone in that division, with the exception of a secretary and shopkeeper, it’s pretty much a field job,” Dockery said.