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Before the clean up is over Gilliom says they could spend twice that amount. Although he says there is enough blame to go around: productivity is a problem. Before the clean up is over Gilliom says they could spend twice that amount. Although he says there is enough blame to go around: productivity is a problem.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - There is no relief in sight for Memphis city sanitation crews working overtime since early March to remove the debris.

"We have spent to date more than $400,000 on overtime and disposal costs related to the storm," said Public Works Director Dwan Gilliom.

Before the clean up is over Gilliom says they could spend twice that amount. Although he says there is enough blame to go around: productivity is a problem.

"I'm having to fight every day to get the employees to work the overtime whether it's the afternoons, at the end if their shift, whether or not it's a Saturday," said Gilliom.

Although there are issues, both sides agree there will not be a strike.

"We have no equipment. Two drivers on the same truck ... Trucks we have are about to break down," said crew member Adrian Rogers.

Broken seats are inside the cab of one truck. Broken bars and lifts are on the sides and it has shredded tires.

"When we say we need new tires they only change the ones that's very damaged ... Those were very damaged. The tires are shredded, that's not damaged enough for them," said Rogers.

Gilliom says he strongly believes a pay-as-you-throw system would be beneficial toward helping resolve some of the issues they are facing.

"I believe that is a fair and very equitable system, because if you use more of the services you should pay more for those services," said Gilliom.

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