THE ISSUE: Laurens Lacked Road Salt
Only three showed up.
At the end of a “committee of the whole” meeting this morning of county representatives, Clark said she will scheduled another briefing before the end of the year, and all 26 department heads will be required to attend. “It’s not optional,” she said.
“It’s just a matter of working together,” said Andrew Trombley, Onondaga County purchasing director, who drove down from Syracuse this morning for the meeting. He provided a spread sheet showing that all purchase orders received this month had been handled with dispatch, some within minutes.
The county board approved the arrangement with Onondaga County in October, but when the snowstorm hit Thanksgiving Weekend, at least one town highway department – Laurens’ – and perhaps Maryland’s as well, lacked sufficient road salt to fight it.
However, county representatives appeared to leave this morning’s meeting still in favor of seeing how things go. Still, there may be adjustments.
For instance, county Rep. Keith McCarty,R-East Springfield, wondered whether there was any reason to go through Syracuse on road salt, which has been purchased for years through the state contract with Cargill, with the bulk purchase ensuring a competitive price.