The American Public Works Association (APWA) recently announced the recipients of their 2016 Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award: City of Longmont, Colorado, Village of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, and Town of Orangetown, New York. The award promotes best practices in snow and ice removal, while minimizing environmental impacts.

Orangetown received this prestigious honor in 2011 and it hard work in 2016 earned it another award: 

“The Orangetown Highway Department crews clear 25 miles of Safety Sidewalks, clean and clear 25 bus shelters, and clean and clear snow and ice away from drains and catch basins to prevent flooding,” said Superintendent of Highways, James J. Dean. “Also, at locations where tire traction might be a problem, highway crews place barrels with a salt/sand mixture to be used by motorists, which are refilled after every storm. In 2016, the Town of Orangetown introduced its new Town Ordinance for Snow in the Right of Way that prohibits contractors and homeowners from depositing snow onto the right of way. In addition, the Highway Department has an environmental policy for salt storage,” Dean said.

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