PELHAM, N.Y. Pelhams Department of Public Works is in the midst of leaf removal season but the village is already prepared for a harsh winter.
Three hundred fifty tons of salt sits in a covered portion of the DPW lot on Sparks Avenue. DPW Foreman Michael Shriman said the village normally orders 750 tons for the year, but sometimes uses more than that. Last year, the village used 900 tons of salt during the winter.
Currently, however, the DPW spends its time collecting dead leaves from the sidewalks and streets of Pelham.
Every day thats what we do, Shriman said. We just pick up leaves every day.
The DPW already has a truck converted and loaded with equipment for the winter. Shriman said much of the winter preparation is quick and that the department only needs a few days notice to prepare. Shriman prepared his department on a Friday for the recent snowstorm. The crew and equipment were ready to go when the snow arrived on Saturday.
The DPW is focused on leaf collection until the weather demands that it shift its focus to snow and ice. Shriman said the amount of leaves collected varies from day to day and place to place, but the village wants to have the streets clear before winter arrives.
Our game plan is to get the leaves up before it snows, Shriman said. We just need Mother Nature to cooperate.
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