It’s a dirty, early spring.
That was the primary focus at the Monday night council meeting in Warfield.
Mayor Bert Crockett delegated resident Dino Santarossa to open the meeting to address his concern regarding the necessity of copious amounts of gravel left on his street over the winter season.
Santarossa said he has already removed a dozen wheelbarrows of gravel from his boulevard and has at least another truck full remaining.
“I don’t think it is necessary to have this amount of gravel,” he said.
“Every winter I clean up the grass on the boulevard, but every year it gets worse.”
“Pretty soon I am going to give up,” he added.
Santarossa then questioned why street sweeping doesn’t begin earlier in the year.
Mayor Crockett conceded that the amount of gravel left on village streets and sidewalks has been an ongoing concern with residents this year.
He explained that the village did use almost double the amount of sand this season, but it was due to adjustments with a new snowplow and sander.
“There is an excessive amount of gravel this year, but with a new piece of equipment it took awhile to get its operation down pat,” said Mayor Crockett.
“But we do have to get it up as quick as we put it down.”
To tackle the problem of dirt filled streets, the village has purchased a new bobcat sweeper attachment.
“The idea is that the crew can sweep the gravel off the boulevards on to the street,” said Mayor Crockett. “Then the main street sweeper can come by and finish the job.”
Bruce Wescott, village works coordinator, said that street sweeping will not begin just yet.
“When is it going to stop snowing?” he questioned. “Because if we happen to get freak snowfall, we’ll be out there again, sanding.”