The Erie County Legislature’s Minority Caucus is pleased that the administration and towns have come to an agreement to ensure that county roads will be plowed this winter. One day after the Legislature’s Economic Development Committee hosted town highway superintendents and supervisors to discuss the issue and encourage negotiations resume, an agreement was made to a three-year contract.
“This contract provides towns with the necessary resources to plow county roads, keeping them clear of snow and ice. At the end of the day, ensuring motorists are safe when traveling on county roads is the number one priority and I believe that this contract achieves that. I want to thank the administration and town representatives for returning to the negotiating table to construct a contract that is in the best interest of taxpayers,” said Minority Leader Mills.
At the request of Minority Leader Mills, several town highway superintendent and supervisors spoke at the Sept. 17 Economic Development Committee meeting to share their concerns that the old contract had expired without a new contract in place. It was at this meeting that the administration agreed to return to the negotiating table. Legislator Edward Rath, the ranking Republican member of the committee, had encouraged the two sides to resume negotiations to finalize a contract before the first snowfall.
“Without the assistance of towns the county would not be able to plow all of its roadways, that is why ratifying this contract was so important. Erie County would have been faced with a major public safety threat and I am thrilled that this crisis has been averted. Now the residents of Erie County can rest assured that our winter roads will be properly cleared and our towns can now prepare for the winter season,” said Legislator Rath.