James HowellStaff Writerjhowell@civitasmedia.com
February 13, 2013
The Lansing Town Aldermen held their monthly meeting Monday and discussed a dispute over the town’s snow removal contract with Cody Anderson, resulting in a decision to revise and clarify the original contract.
Due to equipment failure and misunderstandings, Anderson subcontracted a portion of the town’s snow removal.
Anderson said he was under the impression that an alderman needed to be with him to determine whether or not to push snow for the town that day. Also, he thought he needed to call an alderman before he began plowing.
“If it snows four inches, you push. If it snows another four inches, then you call someone,” said Lansing Town Manager Bernice Prestwood. Lansing Town Alderman Jack Brown also said “call someone when pushing is complete.”
Anderson also wasn’t sure which areas in town he should plow. “I would just like to have clarity,” said Anderson.
“I was under the impression he was just pushing the town’s parking and streets,” said Lansing Mayor George Rembert.
Aldermen Jack Brown and Dylan Lightfoot advised the board to allow Anderson to plow the parking lots for Lansing’s businesses as well.
Brown said each business plays taxes to the town, and plowing snow from a business’s parking lot is a way for the business to “get something for their tax money.”
“This has always been a problem,” said Alderman Mauvine Shepherd. She also said “we need to have a list of what this guy is suppose to push.”
All of the town’s leadership agreed that the Lansing Volunteer Fire Department should be the first priority for plowing. This was decided because the fire department is an emergency service, and needs to be plowed as soon as possible.
After trying to determine a set list of areas to plow, Anderson offered a route that covered the fire department, the streets and most of the businesses in town. According to Anderson, the proposed route keep him from backtracking, saving the town time and money.
Lightfoot made a motion to revise Anderson’s contract with the town of Lansing to reflect these new changes. Alderman Jack Brown seconded, and the motion was approved in a 4-0 vote.
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