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Legislature ratifies snow plow contract

The Erie County Legislature approved a three-year extension of the snow plow contract with 31 local municipalities at today’s session. The county and towns collaborate to remove snow and ice from county roadways throughout the snow season. Without this contract and the assistance of town plows, the county would struggle to properly maintain all of its roadways.


“This is a good example of a regional partnership that benefits the entire community. The towns have been an asset in keeping county roads clear of snow and ice throughout the winter months and I am pleased that a fair deal has been reached. With measurable snow forecasted in just a few days, it is good to know that this issue is resolved and that towns are ready to assist the county,” said Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo.


The contract was approved 10-0 at the Legislature’s Nov. 17, 2016 session and will be approved by each town board.


“I am pleased to see that a fair snowplow contract for the towns and county has been reached. I wish that a deal could have been sorted out easier and quicker, it was stressful knowing this issue was unsettled going into November. However, with both sides in agreement, I am happy that county roads can be properly maintained this coming winter and for the next three years,” said Chairman John Mills


“An unsettled snowplow contract could have been a dangerous situation had we experienced early snowfall but I am pleased that public safety threat didn’t come to fruition. After a long process it is good to see the issue resolved and a contract is agreed upon in the best interest of residents, towns and Erie County,” added Legislator Edward Rath.


With approval of this contract extension, the county agrees to pay the municipalities through August 2019.