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County nixes Broadalbin snow deal

October 10, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday removed county roads located in the town of Broadalbin from its 2012-13 snow-removal agreements due to uncertainty over the town's ability to do the work for the county.

"I think it's a safety condition for the people involved," Gloversville 2nd Ward Supervisor Frank Lauria Jr. said.

The board's Buildings and Grounds-Highway Committee recently recommended rescinding the Broadalbin contract. The town would have received more than $76,00 for plowing 14.4 miles of county roads. The county pays the municipalities $5,000 per mile to plow certain roads.

Regular crew of county Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost will adjust its snow-removal routes to pick up Broadalbin's routes. With Yost's realignment of county plow routes, the town of Perth's original mileage decreases about one mile from 3.95 to 3.03 miles.

"We kind of have to live with it," Perth Supervisor Greg Fagan said.

Officials said realignment will actually save the county $30,000 to $40,000 per year.

"I think this is a start to something good for us," Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Michael Ponticello said.

Broadalbin Supervisor Joseph DiGiacomo told the board Tuesday at the County Office Building that Yost received a July 21 fax from Broadalbin Town Highway Superintendent Lance Winney.

Yost previously said the fax from Winney stated, "If things don't change and we have a hard winter, my commitment to plowing county roads might be challenged."

This morning, Winney said last year there was little snowfall, but DiGiacomo informed him there were a lot of complaints about the condition of the roads.

"What would happen if we have a hard-snow winter? I was concerned for the residents driving on the roads," Winney said.

DiGiacomo said Tuesday his town has been contractually plowing certain county roads for decades. DiGiacomo complained to the board his town's contract was "just taken away carte blanche."

"In one year, we'll take a look again," board Chairman Michael F. Gendron said.

Northampton Supervisor Linda Kemper said the town crews sometimes do snow removal faster than the county.

"Many times the towns are done much quicker than when the county comes around," she said.

Winney also said he believes not plowing the county roads will save the town and county residents money.

"We're not stopping, sanding and wearing out equipment on those roads," he said. "We're not paying as much overtime, because we're not doing those roads."

 
 

 

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