January 3 2018

DPW Director Says Department Ready, Asks Residents to Not Put Trash out

By: Rich Hosford

Burlington’s Department of Public Works is gearing up for the incoming snowstorm that could dump upwards of 18 inches on the area.


DPW Director John Sanchez said that members of his department had spent Wednesday preparing for the storm. They checked all the generators at the town’s pump stations and ensured that the salt deliveries were completed and the stockpiles were full.


“We did have to use some materials on the ice event that happened before Christmas,” he said. “But we’re back to full and ready for the snow.”


Crews will be out starting at roughly 2 a.m. to pre-treat the main roads and hilly roads.


Sanchez said his team also went out to clear sidewalks of any kind of debris, such as downed branches, that would impede the crews working to clear them of snow on Friday.


He also put out a plea to residents: Don’t put out trash early. Due to the storm trash pick-up has been delayed until Saturday to give crews time to plow roads and sidewalks.


“Please do not put the barrels out until late Friday or before 7 a.m. on Saturday,” he said. “It’s a big problem for us when people put it out on the wrong day and we’re trying to plow.”


Finally, he echoed Gov. Charlie Baker and encouraged people to stay off the roads if possible.


“I think the governor said it well, if you don’t need to go anywhere, please don’t,” he said. “Let us do our work. It is very hard to plow with vehicles on the road and tomorrow it might be hard to even see vehicles on the road.”


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