Most of us cannot remember a time when the Town didn’t plow our own roads. Over the decades, snow removal has been one of those services that we took pride in doing and doing well. In a few instances, due to unusual weather anomalies, the job wasn’t accomplished to everyone’s satisfaction. Both those times were infrequent.
Over the past 4-5 years, it has become increasingly difficult to maintain a stable of snow plow drivers and reliable equipment able to handle the rigors of safe, efficient and timely snow removal. On a few occasions, we’ve asked the county to help or to be on “stand by” in the event a problem occurred with our ability to get the job done on our own. And, they have willingly supported our requests.
The time has now come to make a change in the way we provide snow plow services in the town. As of February 11th, 2019, the Town Board has agreed to contract with the Winnebago County Highway Department for plowing all roads within the jurisdiction of the town beginning the 2019-2020 Winter Season.
In the next few months, we’ll be working with the county to make sure all our expectations on the necessary services are clearly understood and agreeable. The county currently serves many towns’ in Winnebago County so this won’t be like reinventing the wheel. The town also expects to keep at least one (maybe both for the time being) trucks to aid in the transition.
The Town Board is confident that this change in our approach to snow removal will benefit all town residents.