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Bedford DPW: Snow, Debris Removal Not an Issue

BEDFORD, N.Y. — The storm that dropped more than 6 inches of snow on the Town of Bedford over the weekend did not cause damage to the debris cleanup at Beaver Dam Road, according to Kevin Winn, the commissioner of the department of public works. However, the town said it is still struggling to clear debris that remains from the late-October storm.

“We only had 6 inches of pretty light snow so it wasn’t too much of an issue and we’re in the process of processing and consolidating that debris now,” Winn said. “It’s being taken care of. If we had a foot, or foot and a half of heavy snow, we’d have issues with space. But so far, no problem.”

Bedford issued a state of emergency last week due to the amount of debris that was still left over from the heavy snowstorm in October, as the town wished to continue using its current debris management contractor, Westwood Organic, instead of going out to bid for the service.

Winn said the town negotiated a “fair deal” to give to Westwood, which was underneath the market price. The town, after hearing Winn’s thoughts, agreed to pay Westwood $330,000 for their completed services to manage the drop-off area, he said.

“While I know the expense is quite large and comes at a bad time,” the October snowstorm was expensive, Winn said at last Tuesday’s town board meeting. “I don’t see a better option given the emergency situation, and also the price advantage we can get in using our current contractor.”

Mulching will not help the size of the debris piled initially, Winn said, but it will help in the long-run. Winn expects to get at least $50,000 back from Westwood because he said the contractor will sell the mulch created by the cleanup.

Winn said the town was willing to pay the high price for the proper cleanup because of the unprecedented amount of debris left by the storm.

“I don’t think anyone could have contemplated what transpired – it’s mindboggling,” Supervisor Lee V.A. Roberts said.  “When you go over there and see this yard filled to the brim, it’s a mountain. It’s giant. And we still aren’t done. This has been the largest removal process this town has ever faced. It’s a huge amount of debris.

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