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Thursday, May 06, 2004

Public Works Department Accelerates Spring Cleanup

In past years, it was usually August before the town’s Public Works Department managed to clean up all the sand and debris from winter from the town’s 22 miles of roads. But not this year.

“We’re in an aggressive mode in our cleanup program,” Steve Edwards, director of public works, told today’s weekly brown bag citizens lunch.

“We’re working 10-hour days and we hope to have the roads swept up and cleaned up by mid-June.”

Edwards said the town’s street cleaning machinery is out early and has prompted some complaints from residents about noise.

But he said all 17 members of the highway department are determined to get the job done as soon as possible.

He said areas near town beaches were worked on first because of the heavy traffic they will bear as the weather warms and schools were done on spring break. But other areas of town are done randomly.

“If you were among the first done last year, you’ll probably be among the last done this year,” he said. “We try not to hit the squeaky wheel either.”

Edwards said he is still getting complaints about potholes and urged residents to call his office even if they are unsure whether the problem is on a town roadway or a state road.

He said with so much construction going on, utility companies are constantly digging up roads and patching them, adding to potential pothole problems.

“There are a massive number of utility cuts,” he said.

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Posted 05/06/04 at 12:13 AM  Permalink



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