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Posted on February 23, 2015 at 8:57 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
This winter has been a stressful one on our highway workers, on equipment and supplies of salt. The 40 men/women that work for the Highway Department work three shifts a day so that we can cover the roads at any time there is a storm. When there is a big blast of a storm we hold over a shift at overtime to make sure we have enough employees to clear the roads and to do the sub-divisions.
Webster’s road network is currently made up of 406 miles of state, county, and town roads which the highway plows. There are 261 miles of Webster town roads and 145 miles of county and state roads being plowed by the Webster Highway Department to which we get reimbursed by the state and county.
When there is a break in the weather, the three shifts of employees work on getting equipment ready for spring and summer projects. At the present time the employees are working on finishing up a new highway storage building to keep our equipment out of the elements. By using employees on down time, saves you, the taxpayer, dollars that we might have used for outside contractors to do the project.
Also at this time we are having a shortage of salt being delivered to the highway salt barn. With the tremendous amount of snow that the Northeast has seen this year, it has put pressure on the salt mine in Livingston County to keep up with our demands for salt. Just this week the Highway Department started mixing what salt we have with sand to make our salt last longer. What this means to Webster residents is that we need to slow down, and take extra caution when driving in these conditions.
Just think: 29 days to spring and if we are lucky we will have a slow thaw of the snow so that flooding does not affect our basements and low ground areas in town.
Electronic Town Meeting on March 11th
For the March 11th Electronic Town Meeting I will have Animal Control Officer Tom Link on as my guest. He will talk about his job here at Town Hall, along with the many tasks he has in the area of dogs off leash and owners who do not pick up after their dogs in our parks. Please join me, Tom Link and moderator Barry Howard at 7:30 p.m. on Cable 12 TV.
If you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at email@example.com
Ronald W. Nesbitt