Now Hiring: Clean Team Litter-Vac Operator (Full Time)

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The Midtown Community Benefits District (MCBD) is currently seeking a full-time Litter-Vac operator to join its Clean Team. The Clean Team Litter-Vac Operator position will perform heavy manual work and operate equipment and vehicles in the collection, disposal of refuse and clean the streets and right-of-ways in the District.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Ensure the following areas are clean and litter free using either a broom or mechanical sweeper: sidewalks, streets, street gutters, car parking areas, parks, and all public spaces within assigned route
  • Weed pavements and tree wells according to established weeding protocols
  • Empty trash receptacles or any approved refuse containers
  • Remove dog waste and vomit
  • Tend to emergencies when called to do so (i.e.) snow clearing, illegal dumping spots, etc.
  • Clear snow and grit from pavements and spread salt as requested.
  • Remove litter from tree pits
  • Carry out daily mechanical checks on machines before use and clean the machine at the end of each shift. Report any mechanical faults to management immediately.
  • Report graffiti to supervisor
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND EXPERIENCE
Litter-Vac Operator requirements:

Knowledge of:

  • Typical operation requirements of equipment
  • Safe working practices at all times to ensure the safety of the general public
  • Traffic laws, ordinances, and rules involved with operating equipment
  • Ability to:
  • Use a high degree of diplomacy and patience while working in the field.
  • Use a high degree of judgement and common sense while operating the machine, dealing with the public and handling problems in the field.
  • Maintain a pleasant relationship with co-workers and constituents.
  • Understand and follow specific oral and written instructions.
  • Perform heavy manual labor.
  • Memorize and complete daily sweeping routes.
  • Work independently on assigned routes/projects.

Experience:
Position requires at least one year previous experience operating mechanical equipment in a safe manner. Any combination of experience, certification and training will be accepted in determining qualifications.

In addition to the requirements:

  • The selected candidate must possess a Maryland driver’s license and have a clean driving record.
  • Must successfully pass drug screening and a background check.
  • Must be physically fit to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • The position requires employee to constantly use upper body to operate all components of the machine.
  • Must be a resident of Baltimore City or relocate to Baltimore City within the 90-day probationary period.

WORKING CONDITIONS
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.

Physical
The employee is required to use a ride on machine, or when undertaking manual rounds, walk long distances behind their machine, up hills as well as on grassy areas. The removal of the bag from the sweeper can be difficult when it is full and requires a fair amount of physical effort. The candidate must be prepared for frequent standing, walking, bending, squatting, handling, reaching, sitting, moderate lifting of at least 50 pounds, carrying, climbing, kneeling and crawling.

Mental
A high-level of concentration is required when using the litter-vac machine as it is equipped with a wonder hose for cleaning gutters between parked cars. This involves controlling the machine with one hand requiring good concentration and skill while at the same time looking out for pedestrians and other obstacles.

Environmental
The job can be extremely dirty in dry weather and the fine dust cloud emanating from the machine at times can be extremely unpleasant especially when car exhaust fumes, vomit and/or dog excrement is sucked into the bag on the machine. The use of a dusk mask is frequently required.

The selected candidate has to work in inclement weather conditions in order to get main areas cleaned and there is no shelter when in exposed areas, therefore weather appropriate is provided and is required to be worn.

To Apply: Please send your resume to admin@midtowncommunity.org to be considered.

February 2015 Committee Meeting Schedule

Below is a list of committee meetings scheduled for February 2015. For more information, please contact the Midtown office.

Executive Committee:
Wednesday, February 11th at 6:00pm
Location: MICA Gateway Building

Clean Committee:
Thursday, February 12th at 5:30 pm
Location: Midtown office, 1107 Cathedral Street

Personnel Committee:
Tuesday February 17th 4:00 pm
Location: Midtown office, 1107 Cathedral Street

Green Committee:
Thursday, February 19th at 5:30 pm
Location: Midtown office, 1107 Cathedral Street

2015 Board of Directors Meeting Schedule

Below is the schedule for this year’s Board of Directors meetings. All meetings (except Town Hall Meetings) will be held at the MICA Gateway Building located at 1601 W. Mount Royal Avenue. Meetings will begin promptly at 6:30 pm.

As always, they are open to the public. For a printable PDF version, please click here.

  • Wednesday, January 7 – Election of Officers, appointment of committees
  • Wednesday, March 4 – Preliminary budget approval for FY2016
  • Wednesday, March 25 – Town Hall Meeting: Public Hearing on FY2016 proposed budget Location: TBD
  • Wednesday, April 1 – Final approval of FY2016 budget
  • Wednesday, June 3
  • Wednesday, September 2
  • Wednesday, October 7 – Town Hall Meeting: Election of At-large Members Location: TBD
  • Wednesday, November 4 – 2014 Audit Report

2015 Christmas Tree Collection and Mulching Service

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Starting December 31, 2014 through January 30, 2015, the Baltimore City Bureau of Solid Waste will offer Christmas tree collection. Residents should set out trees on their regularly scheduled trash collection day at the same location where their trash is collected.

From January 3, 2015 through January 31, 2015, trees can also be dropped off for mulching at the Reedbird Citizen Convenience Center, located at 701 Reedbird Avenue. Mulching services will be offered from Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more info, click here.

2014 Leaf Removal Plan & Schedule

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Starting today (December 1), Midtown Baltimore crews will focus on concentrated clean up of leaf fall for our four neighborhoods. “No parking signs” will be posted strategically starting throughout Bolton Hill so that Midtown staff can focus on collecting leaves that have fallen on the sidewalks and in the streets. The signs will be posted 24-48 hours before our crew’s expected arrival to provide a reasonable amount of notice to residents. We will also post a daily note on our Facebook page to alert residents as to what streets we expect to clean the following day.

As we have a great deal of ground to cover, we would greatly appreciate any and all assistance you can provide and we definitely ask for your patience. A couple things you should note:

  • Midtown will not collect leaves on private property such as a backyards or steps. We will focus on collecting leaves that have gathered in the parks once all of the streets are clean. However, we will make sure that the sidewalks in the parks are clear for foot traffic. Click here for a park leaf removal schedule.
  • Do not sweep leaves into the street or in the alleyway.
  • If you have more leaves than the city can collect, please put them in bags and place them in front of your residence. If they are in a clear bag or one marked “leaves,” Midtown staff will collect them as they clean their regular route.

We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation in making this leaf collection plan go smoothly!

October Committee Meeting Schedule!

Below is the list of upcoming committee meetings and their locations for October 2014:

  • Budget and Finance Committee will meet on October 20th at 6:00 pm at 1221 N. Calvert Street
  • Building Committee will meet on Tuesday October 28th at 1:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the conference room in the MICA residence hall located at 1601 W. Mount Royal Avenue.
  • Governance and Nominating Committee will meet on Tuesday October 28th at 5:30 pm. The meeting will be held in the conference room in the MICA residence hall located at 1601 W. Mount Royal Avenue.

2014 Fall Town Hall Meeting!

It’s that time of year again! Midtown Community Benefits District will hold its 2014 Fall Town Hall Meeting on October 29 at Mount Royal ES/MS #66. The event will include a dessert reception and the election of 4 at-large board members!

See the flyer below for more details on the event and to learn how you can be considered to represent your community as an at-large member of the Board of Directors!

2014 fall town hall post card