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Hinckley left holding shovel after snow contract falls through


HINCKLEY –– Township trustees are working on a new plan for how to handle snow- covered roads this winter after not receiving any bids for its snow removal contract.

After receiving complaints from residents about the company that was plowing roads in Hinckley last year, the trustees decided to attempt to go in a new direction.

“We’ve got no bids on it,” said Trustee Jim Burns.

“We have to discuss, as trustees in our work session, what’s our plan B?”

Burns said that they have people in place in the township certified to plow the roads, but currently the township only has three trucks.

“We have three trucks. We’ll get them all out on the road, but it takes time when that snow keeps falling,” said Burns.

“We have people. They’re just going to be working really hard.”

Burns the township could hire someone and train them to use the trucks to help lighten the load.

“That’s probably our plan B right now, but we need to discuss it as a group,” said Burns.

Hinckley has 43 miles of road it maintains each winter.

In other news

The board approved a request for the fire department to spend $436.10 on new equipment for Assistant Fire Chief Gabe Gerbasi.

Fire Chief Jestin Grossenbaugh requested a new $306.10 helmet, a $51 shield and $79 firefighting gloves.

“The helmet is because we have not had an assistant chief … it’s been years since we’ve had one,” Grossenbaugh said.

“He wears a white helmet just as I wear a white helmet. We only had one white helmet. So, I had to get that.”

The new shield will have the assistant chief’s badge number on it and he will use the gloves in the field.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.

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