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The Telegram
  • Accident involving village plow discussed

  • An accident involving a village snowplow generated some discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Herkimer village board.

    Trustee Katherine Nichols said her neighbor’s parked car had been struck in the side by a village plow and asked Public Works Superintendent Peter Macri what happened.

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  • An accident involving a village snowplow generated some discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Herkimer village board.
    Trustee Katherine Nichols said her neighbor’s parked car had been struck in the side by a village plow and asked Public Works Superintendent Peter Macri what happened.
    Macri said drivers have a problem with the dead end streets because they are narrow and there is no place to turn the plow around. Residents don’t want the plows turning around in their driveways.
    “They have to either drive down the street and back out or back in and drive out,” he said.
    He added the plow extends wider than the truck and it struck the car.
    Macri didn’t know if there was space on Francis Street, but said he is looking into the possibility of using the village right of way to create a turn-around at the end of Lake and West Lake streets for the plows.
    Nichols asked about the village’s obligation to the owner of the vehicle and was told the village had none because the accident occurred in the act of plowing.
    “That’s under New York state vehicle and traffic law,” said police Chief Joseph Malone.
    Nichols questioned why the plows were out at the time of the accident when there was no snow falling. Macri said police had notified DPW there were icy spots throughout the villages and the trucks had been sent out.
    Nichols also said Mayor Mark Ainsworth should have been informed of the accident.
    In other business Tuesday, the village board:
    • Received a request that the mayor reappoint George Neverusky to the Herkimer Housing Authority board. His term expires April 14. Ainsworth OK’d his reappointment to a five-year term expiring in 2018.
    • Approved a request from the police chief to send Patrolman Chad Manley for Child Advocacy Center training. Malone said Manley is on a waiting list for the class in May which is already full. The next time the class is offered will be in October.
    • Approved a request to send Zoning Board of Appeals members to an annual continuing education program.
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