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Franklin Twp. road crew equipped for winter
The Franklin Township trustees passed a resolution during their Jan. 6 meeting to purchase a new salt spreader for a cost not to exceed $5,180.
The township’s road department is currently equipped with three dump trucks and three salt spreaders. However, one salt spreader recently went out of service.
Road Department Supervisor Jim Stevens said his crew is prepared for the winter season and plans on staying on top of any accumulation the township is expecting to see.
Residents voiced concerns about vehicles parking on both sides of their streets, which can make it difficult for the road crew to clear their residential areas.
“We don’t have a law on the books that says park on only one side of the street during snow accumulation,” said Trustee Timothy Guyton, “but what we do have is a resolution on the books that supports parking on (one) side of the street if we have two or more inches of accumulation.”
Stevens added the township previously had signage that instructed no street parking during a snow emergency. However, because Franklin County seldom declares snow emergencies, the township passed a resolution last year to change the verbiage so that when there is two or more inches of snow, residents cannot park on one side of the street.
“These are enforceable signs,” reassured Stevens, adding that Police Chief Jim Timko confirmed they will be enforced. “You will start seeing the cars being moved – it will be enforced.”
Additionally, the road department now has a Ford F350 with a V-style blade. This enables the road crew to bring the wings in and get into areas where it would otherwise risk damaging curbside vehicles.
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