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City Hallways (Oct. 21) Can you guess why water was gushing from this fire hydrant?

Water, water everywhere

Wonder what's going on here? I did, especially after finding myself with soaked shoes after walking in a few inches of water on the street behind City Hall Thursday afternoon.

A water division crew member on the scene told me the water main was being flushed out so work could be done on the pipe.

Ouch! That stings

I don't know if you saw the article about Buffalo's public works commissioner literally walking city sidewalks to see what shape they are in, but here's a P.S. to the story.

Turns out DPW commissioner Steve Stepniak was stung by hornets just before he met up with a Buffalo News photographer who took his picture on a city sidewalk last weekend.

I asked Stepniak about it Thursday.

"On the face, several times," he responded when asked about being stung. "Swelling just went down."

Stepniak also noted that he'll be back walking the sidewalks Saturday.

Clarifying the numbers

Earlier in the week I mentioned that some city employees are already earning more in OT than regular time in the current fiscal year, which started July 1.

It's true. But one of the examples I used overstated how much OT the employee earned so far this year.

A water division worker, as I said,  earned about $13,000 in straight time so far.

I wrote the employee also earned about $32,000 in OT, but turns out just $14,450 of that was earned so far in the 2016-17 fiscal year.  The other $17,000 or so in OT was retro OT pay related to a recently settled Blue-Collar union contract that went back five years.

So the worker's current year OT has surpassed his regular pay so far this year, but not by as much as I previously reported.

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