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Unknown 'helper' causing slippery problem for town

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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Town officials appreciate the community spirit of local residents; but street cleaning work volunteered by private snow plow operators makes the job of public works more difficult. They ask those trying to "help out" on Independence

Town of Cedaredge officials are looking for an anonymous do-gooder who, they say, is making life more difficult for public works crews by freelance snow plowing town streets.

According to a report given last week to the town board, some unknown person has been "helping" public works by running a privately-owned snow plow over town streets. The unsolicited assistance is causing glaze to form on snowy town streets and in some places it is actually removing sand and snow melt put down by crews.

The problem is especially troublesome on the steep Independence Avenue hill, explained public works department co-director Scott Lock.

The same type of community service volunteerism happened last winter, too. Following the Christmas Eve big snow that coincided with multiple equipment breakdowns to create the perfect storm, a school bus reportedly spun out on Independence Avenue hill. A private individual took to snow plowing the hill and created the same problems for public works. Lock said that last winter's volunteer plow operator has already been contacted and is not the one trying to help public works this winter.

Town officials want to talk to the community-minded do-gooder and just explain the problems that are being created. They said the number to call if anyone knows who it is Cedaredge Police Department at 856-4301. The phone will ring at the Delta Dispatch non-emergency number after hours.

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