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Snow removal crews ready for more

January 28, 2000|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Street crews in Maryland and West Virginia communities spent the last two days hauling snow from streets and curbs and piling it in vacant lots. In Pennsylvania, crews plowed the middle of the streets but left the snow piled against the curbs, leaving it to melt or for residents to dig out parking spaces.

Streets in Hagerstown were "in good shape" late Friday afternoon, according to Douglas Stull, director of public works. Workers from his department plus some from the city water and pollution control departments pitched in with the cleanup, Stull said.

In all 10 dump trucks and three loaders were used to haul snow to a lot the city owns on West Memorial Boulevard, Stull said.

"We'd like to get a break now," said Stull, who was wary of forecasts for up to another foot of snow to accumulate in the region Saturday night or Sunday.

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Stull said the plows and spreaders were taken off city trucks so they could be used in the snow-removal operations. The plows and spreaders were put back on, and the fleet is ready for any weekend snow, Stull said.

A similar cleanup was done in Martinsburg, W.Va., said Jack Leonard, director of public works. About 20 city workers from the public works, sanitation and water and sewer departments helped in the cleanup of King and Queen streets and adjacent thoroughfares.

"Our streets are bare," Leonard said. "Our trucks are loaded, our plans are laid out and we're ready to go for the weekend," he said.

Frank Welch is director of public works in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Streets were blocked off one-by-one in that Potomac River town as crews removed snow from the streets and curbs to free up parking spaces.

Residents helped by moving their vehicles from in front of their homes and businesses when their streets were blocked for the cleanup crews, Welch said.

"We did the best we could. We don't have many people," he said.

The town has two small dump trucks, a pickup with a snow plow and a backhoe. Welch donated the use of a private loader he owns with two partners.

Lloyd R. Hamberger II, borough manager for Waynesboro, Pa., said the only places snow was cleared to the curb were in the town's Public Square, at crosswalks, in places where a pile of snow would hinder a driver's vision and from storm sewers and catch basins to prevent backups in case of flooding later.

Hamberger said crews were clearing packed snow from the streets and salting Friday afternoon. The rest of the day they were getting ready for the anticipated bad weekend weather, he said.

Robert Wagner, public works director in Chambersburg, Pa., said only the main thoroughfares in the streets were being cleared of snow. Residents dig out their own parking spaces. Any snow that is hauled off city streets is dumped into Conococheague Creek, he said.

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