Plowing together?

As the snow continues to fall, Washington County officials are looking for a better way to keep the roads cleared.

The county board of supervisors passed a resolution seeking $50,000 in funding to conduct a feasibility study into the snowplowing procedures of the county and its 17 towns and look for ways to save money.

“The main goal is to look at the snow plowing operations county-wide and figure out options and ways to route all of our plows while continuing to give existing levels of service,” said county department of public works commissioner William Grimmke. “We are looking at things to change while maximizing savings and efficiency.”

Grimmke said that he handed out preliminary letters to each of the town highway superintendents at the last county meeting.

“I gave them a letter and a sample resolution to each of the superintendents,” said Grimmke. “To date, I have not gotten anything back. The highway superintendents are busy right now with snow.”

Whitehall town highway superintendent Louis Pratt said that he received the letter from Grimmke, and is looking into where the town and county would be able to streamline services.

“We are looking to save about five- to ten-percent,” said Pratt. “He wants to know what towns will be participating in this concerning looking into shared services on winter maintenance. Willie is using his head on this, and Vernon (Scribner) and I would like to sit down with him on this.”

The board of supervisors unanimously passed the resolution to apply for a grant to conduct a feasibility study, while Whitehall town supervisor Vernon Scribner felt that it was a study that could be done without funding.

“We are asking for this funding, but I think that the highway superintendents and Willie could sit down and come up with a feasibility study,” said Scribner, who did vote for the resolution.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Weekender – 09/04/15

North Country Freepress – 09/04/15

Northshire Freepress – 09/04/15

Lakes Region Freepress – 09/04/15

Classifieds 09/02/15

Charges linger for 10 months, Man in limbo after arresting cop quits

Morrill resignation

By Christina Scanlon When former Granville Police Officer Marc D. Morrill resigned abruptly in April, several cases were still to […]

Trump, Cruz, Carson, Sanders top Washington County straw poll

Straw Poll

By Dan King The Washington County Fair met politics last week, as 737 people came out to vote in a […]

Naval Militia volunteers receive award

Naval Militia

By Dan King A group of seven area maritime veterans, including two from Whitehall and one from Granville, will be […]

Friendships formed at fair live on

1

By Christina Scanlon Shortly after the gates opened at the Washington County Fair Friday morning, tractors were moving and stirring […]

First Friday this Friday

This month’s First Friday event, hosted by The Slate Valley Museum and Pember Museum and Library will features an unveiling […]

Teens’ summer jobs pay off

By Christina Scanlon As the summer of 2015 winds down and local youth prepare to head back to school, 50 […]

Hampton primary could decide election

By Christina Scanlon November’s election could be decided next week in Hampton, depending how the votes play out at the […]