Preparing for winter

Thanksgiving has passed and now it is time to gear up for the holiday season in December. This means bracing for cold weather, snow fall and preparing for the New Year.

For most municipalities in the Northeastern United States, the impending winter climate means icy roads, snow plowing, and the Town of Colonie is no stranger to this.

Jack Cunningham, Colonie's Public Work's Commissioner explains that there is the usual snowplowing and salting of the roads to clear up the ice that can play a part in vehicle accidents. Cunningham said the town uses ten ton dump trucks with snow plows, nothing too out of the ordinary for this year. But he added that the town will be following a different procedure to make sure the morning commute goes a bit smoother.

This year we have started a second shift that will help us better prepare or address the late night snowfall, he said. "We'll get on top of that quicker and address those safety issues."

With salting the roads, there can sometimes be the worry too much salt is being used, but Cunningham said Colonie install their trucks with a computerized system to help control the amount used.

"Instead of tipping up the truck and letting the salt pour out, the computers determine how much salt should be put into the spinner," he said.

While there is a lot of things that go into the town getting ready for the winter, they can certainly use some assistance from the residents of the town to help prepare.

"With the leaf pick up, we want to get as much of the yard waste off the side of the road before the snow starts to fly," he said. "At this time of year, you could have a blizzard."

Cunningham said the he is confident the project will be completed in time for the winter.

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