In response, council approved a motion at the March 2 meeting to deduct the fees charged by a second plow driver, William Mapes, hired to finish the job correctly.

By: Lauren Fitzsimons

Trumbauersville Borough Council is unhappy with the snow removal service they received on February 12, 2006, and so were many residents.ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ 

In response, council approved a motion at the March 2 meeting to deduct the fees charged by a second plow driver, William Mapes, hired to finish the job correctly.

William Reiner, contracted by Milford Township, submitted a bill to the borough in the amount of $550.

"He claims he spent 10 hours plowing Woodview, Chestnut, Cypress, Howarth, and Witchazel," said Council President Ed Child.

Complaints came in to the borough regarding the improperly cleared streets, citing plowing not done from curb to curb, blocked driveways, and snow mounds piled unreasonably high.

"We had to bring somebody in on our own to clean up what he left behind," said Child.

In response, Council Vice President Fred Potter interjected, "We're going to get a separate invoice from our borough contractor, Mr. Mapes, for cleaning up the mess that was left behind.

"I suggest we deduct Mr. Mapes' bill from the bill from Reiner and pay whatever's left, if anything."

With the rest of council in agreement, a motion to do so was carried 7-0.

In addition, Mapes, who will be placed on call for the remainder of the snowy season, expressed fears that residents would think he was responsible for the mess.

So to avoid any confusion, a memo will be added to the next borough newsletter explaining the details of the situation.

Furthermore, a letter of complaint will be sent to Milford Township regarding Reiner's unacceptable service.

The borough hopes to work with Milford Township to obtain alternative snow removal services for next year.

In other news, no decision was rendered concerning a proposal by T-Mobile, which would provide nearly $18,000 annually in rental fees for a cellular antenna mounted atop the borough's water tower.

Brought before council at the Feb. meeting, the contract was revised and returned to T-Mobile's legal team.

As of March 2, the borough had received no response indicating acceptance or denial of the provisions.

Therefore, it will be another month before council votes on whether or not to go ahead with the agreement.

Residents with questions or concerns are urged to attend the April 6 meeting where additional discussion and possible approval of the contract will take place.

Lauren Fitzsimons is a freelance writer for The Free Press.

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