Keeping school bus stops clear of snow will be an additional challenge this winter, Ilion Department of Public Works Superintendent Jack Sterling told the village board last week.
“We had a hard enough time doing it with 11 stops, let alone 44,” he said, adding crews will not be able to clear all of the areas with the sidewalk plow. He also expressed concern about manpower issues and overtime.
Mayor John Stephens said village residents are responsible for their own sidewalks and if they are not clearing them the codes department and police will have to cite them for codes violations.
According to village codes, residents must clear their sidewalks within 24 hours after a storm, Sterling said, adding, “The codes have got to be enforced.”
Sterling also had safety concerns about the stops at the bottom of some hills in the village, noting that if a plow skidded coming down a hill, there could be a child or a bus in its path. He said he would like to see those stops moved away from the intersections.
Trustee Robert Wellington said some parents are driving their children to the bus stops. On a rainy day at one stop, two children were standing at the stop and nine vehicles were parked nearby as parents waited with their children in the car, he said. Trustee Joanne Moore added it could be difficult for an emergency vehicle to get through.
Stephens asked Sterling to discuss his concerns with Central Valley School Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra.
“This is new,” said Stephens of the transportation changes brought about by the newly merged school district. “It’s brand new to everybody.”
In other business the board:
• Approved a resolution to hire a winter recreation director. The mayor said there will be no village skating rink this winter and it will be the director’s job to set up skating and ski trips, bowling, bonfires and sledding. The position would run from Nov. 1 to March 31 with a salary of $1,500 for the season. Wellington suggested snow removal equipment operators dump snow where local youths can use it for snowboarding.
• Approved the appointment of Ashley Stephens to fill an unexpired term on the village recreation commission. There is still another vacancy on the commission.
• Declared the 2000 Ford Ranger Sterling used for work a surplus vehicle. The truck would no longer pass inspection.
• Heard Stephens’ request the board review his ideas regarding village vehicles and be prepared to discuss them and/or make suggestions at the next meeting. Several vehicles are in poor condition, he said, and he put together a plan to move vehicles around among departments
“This is the most cost-effective way I can think of to do this without hurting everybody,” he said. “We can’t operate without equipment to operate.”
Page 2 of 2 - • Discussed concerns about water bills. Trustee Barbara Collea said water customers in the town of German Flatts received nothing to indicate there had been a rate increase. Stephens said he would look into the matter.
• Approved putting the next phase of the well project out to bid.