As a regular NCAR shuttle rider, I am curious to know if there is a policy
regarding shuttle idling. Usually the shuttle arrives, the riders get on or
off, and the shuttle departs-all in a brief enough time interval that
leaving the motor running may be justified. However, the shuttle departing
Table Mesa/Broadway for the Mesa Lab at 6:55 a.m. apparently routinely
arrives at 6:40 or earlier, and the motor is left running for at least 15
A number of riders arrive well enough before 6:55 that sitting in the
I'm writing because a question published in the
May 2001 issue of Staff Notes Monthly appeared to be
unaddressed in the official response. The questioner wrote, "How much do we
really save by contracting out custodial services? Please factor in the
cost of 'managing' the contractor, as we've had to do rather extensively
all along and propose to do even more now."
I thought the question was very clear. But the official response failed to
Since it is time for annual performance reviews, I have several questions
concerning the supervisor review forms. Many employees do not know they
exist. My questions are:
(1) I do not recall receiving a form this past year. Is there a set
schedule for these forms to be sent to subordinate staff and is it
mandatory to do so (whether they are filled out and submitted or not)?
(2) Obviously, the completed form is sent to the next person up the ladder.
What is the review process? Does it stay with the supervisor's boss and not
After years of hearing "Think globally, act locally," I ponder the label on
the NCAR-labeled water sold in the cafeterias.
Ingredients: Purified Water purified by Reverse Osmosis or Deionization.
Distributed under the auspices of Purified Products International,
At first glance, it appears to me that the water is shipped up from
Arizona. If this is the case, it seems ironic, since the water originated
in Colorado and was then shipped back to Colorado. I wonder how much diesel
I am surprised and disappointed to see that sloping grass turf has been
installed around the trees on the ML Tree Plaza. Surely NCAR should be
taking a leading role in the community by promoting water-wise landscaping,
as has been done so effectively next to the ML main entrance. I am
concerned that, not only will the new grass require excessive watering, but
also the slope of the "lawns" will promote drainage away from the trees and
onto the concrete, wasting yet more water. I hope this is only an interim
Almost weekly I've noticed a serious article in the newspaper regarding
PacifiCare. In almost every case the information includes some large
medical organization dropping PacifiCare from its list of insurance
providers. The service that PacifiCare provides to patients seems to be
going downhill as well. My question, Has the UCAR benefits administrator
started looking at replacing PacifiCare as our primary insurer? If the
answer is no, then may I suggest it's time we did.
In the past, UCAR has considered and rejected the idea of a corporate
sponsored daycare center. Reasons given for this rejection ranged from
liability to space concerns. Now that UCAR is looking into building a new
space on the FL campus, I was wondering if the issue of a daycare center
could be revisited. We have a unique opportunity to build a space
specifically designed for childcare, should UCAR decide to pursue this.
There are ongoing problems with recycling operations at UCAR/NCAR. Recently
it was announced that [Physical Plant Services] is looking for volunteers
to help train our contracted custodial staff. "High custodial turnover" was
mentioned as the source of the problems, but really it goes deeper than
just that. We will continue to have such problems as long as we rely on a
contracted custodial service.
The turnover in such services is high because they're probably paying
I am enrolled at Regis University, working toward my undergraduate degree.
In the past, I have taken classes at Front Range Community College during
the day so that I could take advantage of the time- allowance part of the
educational benefits. It makes a big difference in having adequate time to
study and complete assignments. I have asked before if the time allowance
can be used for homework/study time and have been told no (although there
is no such specification in the guideline itself).
A number of people are puzzled and upset with the recent decision to make
the Mesa Lab's Director's Conference Room into a storage area for the
Science Store. The ML is already short of conference room space
particularly during the summer. We believe this decision is shortsighted
and makes an existing problem worse.
(1) Who made the decision?
(2) What was the rationale?
(3) Why was the Director's Conference Room deemed expendable?
(4) Is any space near the North ML tower being offered as a replacement?