By KEVIN NEVERS
Commissioner John Schnadenberg is asking residents who put their trash cans
in alleys for collection to make sure those cans are free and clear of snow.
At the Town
Council’s meeting Monday night,
Schnadenberg said that Able Disposal is unable to use the automated garbage
trucks in alleys, so that any can buried by snow needs to be freed by
hand--by the resident him- or herself.
Folks “shouldn’t be
expecting Able to dig garbage cans out,” Schnadenberg said.
It’s been tough
enough getting Able’s big trucks into the alleys in the first place, he
noted. The Street Department typically uses plow-equipped pickup trucks to
clear alleys in town, but those plows have eight-foot blades, compared to
the garbage truck’s width of nine and a half feet. It doesn’t much matter
for a few inches of snow every couple of weeks but so far Duneland’s been
walloped with 60 inches and there hasn’t been a thaw in more than a month,
so that all that white stuff has been piling up.
Department, accordingly, has begun using front-end loaders to clear alleys
and Schnadenberg said that residents can expect to see those loaders around
town--clearing cul-de-sacs, addressing line-of-sight problems at
intersections--as crews try to come to terms with snow banks 10 feet in
height and higher.
“Every 48 to 72
hours it seems like we get more snow,” Schnadenberg said.
The Ladder Truck
In other business,
Fire Chief Mike Orlich reported that the ladder truck--technically, Engine
520--remains out of service as it continues to get repairs, after hitting a
power line in December during a weekly check.
The ladder is now
operational, Orlich said, but the contractor is “still checking for other