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The Times
  • Manheim’s new sander ready for pick up

  • As the season’s first significant snowfall was coming down Wednesday evening, Manheim Highway Superintendent Carl Stallman was informing the members of the town council the department’s newly purchased sander would be ready for pick up Friday. The council voted last week to purchase a Fisher Poly-Cast...
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  • As the season’s first significant snowfall was coming down Wednesday evening, Manheim Highway Superintendent Carl Stallman was informing the members of the town council the department’s newly purchased sander would be ready for pick up Friday.
    The council voted last week to purchase a Fisher Poly-Caster Hopper Spreader at a cost of $5,160 from Queensbury-based Arrowhead Equipment. The sander, which has a capacity of 2.5 cubic yards, will be fixed to the highway department’s one ton dump truck for use during the winter season.
    Stallman said the dump truck was dropped off at Arrowhead on Wednesday.
    “The truck could be ready for pick up on Thursday, but with the forecast being what it is, we probably won’t pick it up until Friday,” he said, adding in the interim the highway department would utilize one of its full-size trucks to plow and sand the roads the smaller dump truck will be used on.
    “We should be able to easily get by with what we have, but it will be nice to be able to put the one ton (dump truck) to use on roads like River Road and Powerhouse Road,” he said.
    Stallman also said in an effort to cut down overtime in the highway department, he has been calling in part-time employee Larry Nagle, which has allowed him to start the work day 30 minutes later.
    “Instead of having everyone come in at 3:30 a.m., now everyone is coming in at 4 a.m.” he said, adding having Nagle operate a plow truck allows him to remain at the garage.
    “Instead of getting ready to go out on the road in a plow myself, I am able to load the trucks up with sand so they are ready to hit the road when everyone comes in,” said Stallman. “Just the other day, we had the trucks out on the road within six minutes of everyone getting to the garage. And by staying at the garage when they are out, I am able to load the trucks when they come back in so the guys don’t have to climb in and out of their truck and operate the loader. It saves time.”
    “If it’s working, saving on overtime and getting the plows out on the road faster, then it should continue,” town Supervisor John Haughton said of the practice.
    In other business Wednesday evening, Haughton said the council has confirmed the town’s ownership of a plot of land that includes the Italian Community Bake Oven on State Route 167.
    Little Falls Mayor Robert Peters recently informed the council the land was in the town of Manheim and not the city of Little Falls, as once thought, and councilmen Fred Doerrer and Peter Jaikin acquired a map from Herkimer County that indicated the parcel was in Manheim.

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