Township could pick up plowing of some county roads

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UPPER TOWNSHIP – Committee members will hold a closed session at their meeting tonight to discuss a shared services agreement with Cape May County that could have township trucks plowing county roads.

Officials discussed the potential arrangement last month, before the first snow storm of the season. Committeeman Jay Newman, who oversees public safety for the township, said a change would make sense for the township.

“Our crews are out there quicker, they do a better job,” Newman said. “From a public safety standpoint it makes a lot of sense.”

Newman said in past snowstorms the township plows local roads but county roads such as Church Road, Butter Road, Hope Corson Road and Stagecoach are not cleared for hours afterward. That poses a hazard for motorists, he said.

“Our trucks are there,” he said. “They can do the job. Every time we get snow people compliment the job our public works people do.”

Mayor Richard Palombo asked whether the township would assume some liability in case of an accident if it plowed the county roads. Solicitor Dan Young said that was likely to some extent.

“That should be factored into any agreement,” Young said.


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