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Despite snow, grounds crew hard at work

Friday, January 30, 2009

Tom Reberger
When bad weather hit this week not everyone got a day off.

With 10-12-inches of snowfall on parts of the county, teachers and students of the Clay Community School Corporation had an additional three days off. However, other employees were still at work.

"There is at least one custodian in every school that has been reporting in," CCSC Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger said. "While maintenance is responsible for clearing the parking lots, the custodians are responsible for clearing the sidewalks and assessing any possible damage."

The corporation has been using three trucks and four tractors to clear parking lots, while employees have been working 10-12 hour days.

There is a procedure in effect that allows for the parking lots to be as cleared off as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Employees avoid plowing the parking lots at night because of the possibility of equipment breaking. Reberger is grateful there was no ice during this round of snow.

"When we have ice on the parking lots, that complicates matters," he said. "Because this is the largest snowfall we have had in some time, our biggest problem is finding a place to pile the snow."

Reberger said the large snowfall has been "taxing on both employees and equipment," because of the unusual amount of snow.

Although forecasters are predicting more snow for the weekend, Reberger said everything should be fine for students to return to school safely Monday.

"The custodians and maintenance personnel have been working diligently," he said. "Today many of the parking lots are dried off and are ready for school on Monday, baring anymore snow showers."

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