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In her report to the trustees, presented during the regular meeting of the Paonia town council on Jan. 27, town manager Jane Berry discussed a possible purchase of a snow blower attachment.

The snow blower would allow the public works department to remove snow from "very tight spots," including narrow streets and parking lots. Public works manager Travis Loberg and his crew are working overtime to keep streets clear and have been testing the attachment, which attaches to the town's Skid Steer. They found the piece of equipment to be very effective.

The attachment would cost $6,875 before a municipal governmental discount. Cost would be split between streets, sewer, water and trash, due to all benefiting from the attachment.

Trustee Bradford noted there has been a fair amount of snow this winter, and the town has struggled with getting it removed, in part because of buildup of snow around cars left parked on streets.

"This machine probably has a lot of merit because it would allow the town to deal with the difficulties of plowing on the narrow residential streets," said Bradford.

The town averages 48 inches per year and this year has received about 30 inches (as of last week), with records of 107 inches in 1948 and 93 inches in 1909, said Bradford. With February and March typically the biggest snow months, it could be a worthwhile investment.

Following discussion, trustees tabled the issue.

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