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City crews moving snow off side streets

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With heavy snowfall easing off, city crews are out there plowing streets back to the curbs and hauling snow away because there is no place to put much more along the pavement.

Along LeRoy Avenue Sunday, a city high-lift and a very large dump truck were digging snow out and loading it on the truck to be hauled away to one of the three sites city crews are using. The crew was working at the entrance to School 61, the Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction.

"We have a couple of dump sites that we have been using," said Public Works Commissioner Steven Stepniak.
"We've been using the Central Terminal. We have a location on Buell Street that we use as well. We're pretty good with our dump sites. We have plenty of spacing and we are able to use bulldozers to stack it so we can continue to bring material in. We brought some contractors to assist us on that method, due to the sheer volume of snow that we have out there."

Stepniak says if more snow can hold off, crews will be out today as the parking rules move cars to the other side of the street so the plows can get in move the opened-up street right to the curb.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.