Lancaster Council Buying a New Snow Plow

LANCASTER, WI (Ben Caxton) — The City of Lancaster will be adding a new dump truck with a snowplow and wing plow to its Public Works Department this fall, after the purchase of a new truck was approved by the city’s common council in January. The cost is just over 55,000 with the truck to be purchased from Thompson Truck and Trailer Company of Dubuque, while Monroe Truck Equipment will add the dump body, wing plow and accessories. Public Works Director John Hauth hopes to have the new snowplow and dump truck delivered by November, in time to plow the city streets next winter. Council members wanted to know if the $13,000 addition of a wing plow was necessary. Hauth toldthe council that plowing the entire city during a snowstorm has gone from four hours, 25-years ago, to seven hours today. “We’re trying to cut down on the number of hours it takes to plow the streets. It’ll be more efficient to use the wing plow so we can make one pass on each side of the street.” Hauth also says other communities are using snowplows with wings to take care of snow removal. That includes Dodgeville, Bloomington, Fennimore and Boscobel.

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