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Guilderland spring clean up yield extra hardware

The Town of Guilderland Highway Department has stepped up efforts to clean up debris stemming from December's debilitating ice storm.

According to information form Guilderland's Web site, the clean-up began on Monday, March 30, and ran until Monday, April 27.

Superintendent of Highways Todd Gifford said the town brought out four front-end loaded trucks to handle the debris, a tactic that has not needed to be utilized since damage from an early 1990s microburst.

It was very isolated, but did incredible damage," Gifford recalled.

He said this winter was not as bad, but still warranted the extra hardware to hit the streets.

"It's been just an incredible amount of material we brought into the [waste] station," Gifford said.

He said that the ice storm in December left a number of trees, especially Pines, and brush in need of removal, so much so, that the four front-end loaders picking up the debris were accompanied by a brush chipper, and Gifford said, requires a good amount of fuel to operate.

Attempts to clean the brush at the time of the storm were unsuccessful, Gifford said. "We were hauling more snow than brush."

Gifford said that normally the spring clean-up would only entail two "packer trucks" each week. He said the town used to use four front-loaded trucks for a normal spring clean-up two decades ago, but stopped that practice because of fuel costs. This year, like the storm in the 1990s, Gifford said is "extraordinary conditions," and warranted extra effort.

"The crews have done a great job," Gifford said.

He said it was imperative to make sure the brush was removed in a timely fashion since the coming months will be busy.

"We have a tremendous amount of summer work to do," Gifford said.

Information form the town's Web site added that the highway department will return at a later date to make necessary lawn repairs as a result of the clean-up efforts.

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