Snow storm causes no problems locally

Whitehall emerged unscathed from the first significant snowfall of the season.

Whitehall Police Chief Matt Dickinson said there were no significant issues in the village and the New York State Police didn’t report any car accidents during the storm, which began on Wednesday night and didn’t end until early Thursday evening.

The storm was the first significant snowfall in nearly two years, dropping about a half a foot of snow on the local region (points north received nearly twice that amount) and creating slick driving surfaces that were still being cleared on Friday morning. And the crews didn’t have much time to rest as Whitehall received another six inches of snow throughout the course of the day Saturday.

Don Williams, Village of Whitehall Superintendent of Public Works, said crews were out for nearly 21 hours during the first storm and 26 to 27 hours in the second storm.

He said employees didn’t encounter any significant problems.

“Everything went well,” Williams said. “I can’t praise the guys enough. They did a great job.”

Louie Pratt, Town of Whitehall Highway Superintendent, said he and his fellow employees climbed into their plow trucks at approximately 3 a.m. on Thursday and didn’t stop clearing snow until 6:30 p.m.

Pratt said everything went well and other than a few broken hoses on the trucks which had to repaired, there were no significant problems.

He said during a typical snow storm, each of his three employees is assigned specific areas of the town where they begin clearing snow. For instance, someone will start on Upper Turnpike Road and clear the roads in that area, another will start on Buckley before getting some of the back roads like Abair and Wade and another heads to the roads in the Hatch Hill area. Plowing all of the town’s roads can take up the better part of a day, depending on the severity of the storm.

Williams said the village uses three trucks during snow storm, which each assigned a specific area or run. He said each run takes approximately three and a half hours.

He said the village’s winter parking ban helps crews clear roads faster although he wants to encourage people to move their garbage cans further from the road during snow storms. He also cautioned people they could be ticketed if they blow or plow snow into the roadways without cleaning it up.

 

 

 

 

Comments

comments

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

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

Classifieds 05/27/14

Hampton Firehouse sale looms

Hampton firehouse

By Joshua Bassett Barring someone petitioning for a public referendum within 30 days of May 20, the Hampton Town Board […]

Whitehall Elementary honors fallen heroes

Winners of the citizenship awards

By Dan King Although the weather started chilly on Thursday, it turned nice just in time for the annual Whitehall […]

Huge turnout for Whitehall parade

Charles Austin and Henry Gurney escort Cathy Aiken to place the wreath

By Dan King “I didn’t even know there were this many people in Whitehall,” a spectator said as he watched […]

Hot dog contest next weekend

By Joshua Bassett After a one-year hiatus, the “What’s Up Dawgs Hot Dawg Eating Contest” is back. The event will […]

Hundreds join in Granville parade

good 8

By Joshua Bassett Hundreds gathered Monday on Granville’s Main Street and in Veterans Park to honor and celebrate those lost […]

Car rally to boast more than just cars

According to organizers of the Penrhyn Engine Co. Car Rally in Middle Granville, they’ve seen it all over the years. […]

Beauty will be rewarded

The Slate Valley Garden Club is taking submissions for the organization’s annual beautification awards from now until August. Anyone with […]

Pratts question Hampton coverage

By Joshua Bassett During the public participation portion of a Hampton Town Board meeting last week, Arnie Pratt and his […]

Slate Valley Museum to host ‘spring tasting’

By Laura McCusker The Slate Valley Museum in Granville will host its first-ever Spring Tasting on the Alley on Saturday, […]

Granville FFA goes to convention

Granville FFA Convention pic

By Tara Cook New York State FFA 2014-2015 vice-president Seth Browe, was elected to be the 2015-2016 District 3 FFA […]

Rail Trail 5K this weekend

By Joshua Bassett The sixth annual Rail Trail 5K race takes place this Saturday, May 30. The race/walk begins at […]