Residents cautioned about snow removal

WELLSVILLE – Village administrator Thom Edgell voiced appreciation for village road crews who have worked to keep streets and alleyways passable during the heavy snows that have blanketed Wellsville this winter. In the course of doing so, workers have racked up 60 hours of overtime so far in February, worth “$600 to $1,000 in cost,” Edgell said.

“With the snow situation and the ice and the night hours, the village really owes them a vote of thanks,” he added.

The extra snow has also meant extra work for some village equipment, and it proved too much for one of them. A 2000 Ford truck, customarily used at Springhill Cemetery, was pressed into service with a snow plow. In the course of its duties, a transmission line burst, spewing fluid that made its way to the hot engine and caught fire.

With a fire extinguisher on board, driver Mike Lombardozzi was able to put the blaze out before it could spread beyond the engine compartment. Nevertheless, that truck is now sidelined waiting for repairs, leaving two available for service.

Even though much of the previous weeks’ snow has either been removed or has melted away, Edgell cautioned residents who move snow from their property into the street. He said the village has an ordinance prohibiting people from moving snow off of sidewalks or curbsides into the street, and it will be enforced with citations and fines for violators.

Edgell says he sympathizes with homeowners who find snow plowed in front of their homes, but moving it into the street where village crews will need to move it again isn’t acceptable.

“What people have to understand is we don’t sit back and draw straws to see who gets snow pushed in front of their house,” Edgell said. “When you plow a street, you’re going to have leftovers. You have to put it somewhere.”

Edgell announced that a salt order from Morton arrived last week. Of the 70 tons received, about 15 tons of it have been used so far, he said. With temperatures expected to dip back into the winter range next week, that supply will likely be used extensively in the coming days.