Acknowledging that colder weather has arrived and snow may soon follow, the Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township Board of Commissioners approved bids last night (Oct. 23, 2008), made by three independent contractors, to help plow roads in coming months.
The township has about 100 miles of public road, of which 25 miles are maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). To clear the remaining 75 of ice and snow, Lower Pottsgrove has trained crews and five plow trucks of its own, township Manager Rodney Hawthorne said. It uses independent plow owners as needed, particularly during heavy accumulations, to ensure roads are cleaned in a timely manner.
Hiring contractors for plowing chores next year will cost the township between $70 and $150 an hour per truck, depending on the individual bids accepted and size of truck used. Plowing costs last year were up to $10 per hour, or about 6 percent, lower. “That’s not a bad increase,” board President Bruce Foltz remarked, “given gasoline prices and everything else in this day and age.”
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Township Board of Commissioners’ meeting Oct. 23, 2008):