Updated 10/23/2012 07:33 AM
County hopes to reach snow plow agreement with towns
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Snow isn't in the forecast, at least not in the near future. But it's on the minds of Onondaga County and its towns. Last year, 5 of the 19 towns opted not to plow county roads within their municipalities because they felt the reimbursement rate was not enough.
Those five were Camillus, Otisco, DeWitt, Clay and Manlius. This year, the county has a new deal and is looking for full participation from all towns. The Town of DeWitt is expected to accept the deal. It was discussed briefly at the Town board meeting on Monday.
The Deputy County Executive for Physical Services says the deal calls for $6,600 per centerline mile for snow plowing services for the next five years. It includes a severity factor, which is based on ice, snow, wind. It's a slight increase from the year before which was $6,335.
"The residents of the community expect and deserve really premier snow and ice removal from their local government, county, town whomever it may be, the state as well. We've put ourselves in a position where we can provide the highest and best services possible," said Deputy County Executive for Physical Services Matthew Millea.
Millea said County Executive Joanie Mahoney signed off on the official letter Monday and will send it to the towns by Tuesday morning.