Power of the plow

In 2008 the price of the fuel was $3.01; if the price of gas ever exceeded that mark, towns would receive a raise in their per-mile payment. If the cost of gas stayed below $3.01, then the rate would remain the same, said Donnelly.

But the towns don't think Donnelly and his staff got the numbers right.

Too many miles

William Asmus, the superintendent of the Department of Public Works at the Village of Liverpool, said that it already takes his fleet of one plow and three pick-up trucks four to five hours to plow the combined 10.82 miles of both county and village roads that his department is responsible for.

Adding more miles just isn't going to work, Asmus said.

"We're a small village, we don't have the money, and we don't have the manpower," Asmus said.

"So, it would be ludicrous for us to do something like that. We have enough to take care of right here with the five guys that I have."

For bigger towns, the burden isn't the same. But Town of DeWitt Highway Superintendent Brian Maxwell agrees with Asmus and thinks the county should be giving the towns more money.

Maxwell is responsible for 129 miles of road in DeWitt, 6.9 miles of which are currently county roads; this year, the county wants Maxwell to plow an additional 2.7 miles.

He said that while he doesn't have a problem with the additional workload, he knows some of his counterparts will.

"For the town of DeWitt to do the county roads, we would probably have to add onto our building a little bit to house the equipment," Maxwell said. "It wouldn't be as severe for us to handle as, let's say, the town of Clay. ...They would have to add on so much."

Thomas Weaver, the town of Clay highway superintendent, said that he currently plows 16 miles of county road, with three more miles proposed for next year. If the three miles are added to his route, then his fleet of 17 plows will have approximately 167 miles to plow each time they go out.

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