East Washington plow truck breaks down

Borough asks city for help

March 4, 2014
A Washington Street Department truck plows East Wheeling Street in Washington on a recent snowy morning. The city’s street department was asked to help out neighboring East Washington should it snow, after the borough’s snowplow truck broke down and is undergoing repairs. - Jim McNutt / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

East Washington’s plow truck is in the shop with engine problems, prompting the public works department there to ask for Washington’s help with clearing the borough’s streets.

Washington public works superintendent John Stout received a call Monday afternoon from his counterpart in East Washington informing him of the issue and asking for the city’s help.

The truck apparently had serious engine problems and could be in the shop for a week or possibly longer, Washington Councilman Ken Westcott said.

He said the city will help the neighboring borough should there be snowfall while the truck is being repaired, but will bill East Washington for any manpower and material usage.

“Obviously, we have a neighbor who needs some help, and we won’t leave them hanging,” Westcott said. “We’ll assist them any way we can, but the city streets are our priority.”

The borough might be dodging a bullet because the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh is predicting above-seasonal temperatures for the rest of the week. There is a slight chance of snow showers in the Washington area over the weekend with a greater chance of snow later next week, according to the weather service.

If there are snow showers before East Washington’s truck is fixed, Westcott said crews will focus on the major arteries through the borough after treating city roads. He added the city’s salt supply is in good shape with another shipment expected later this week.

East Washington Council President Bill Adams did not return a call to his cellphone seeking comment on the situation regarding the plow truck.

Mike Jones has been a news reporter since 2005, covering crime, state and municipal government, education and energy. In addition to working at the Observer-Reporter, he also has spent time at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and Patch.com. He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University.

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