A highway worker reacts

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

After reading Mr. Labbadia’s completely untrue rant in the Feb. 9, 2011 Chronicle-Express letter to the editor, I feel I must retort. Where does this guy actually live?

I work for the Town of Milo Highway Department, part of my job is to expect calls at 3 a.m. every day in the winter when the weather dictates. We go to work to clear the roads not only for the school buses, but for everyone that needs to travel. I take offense at Mr. Labbadia’s statement that we “Highway crews intentionally pass on clearing roads.” School officials are responsible for school closings/cancellations not highway departments.

As for the days in question, as is the case during every snow storm, we are clearing the roads well before the busses are leaving for student pickup. Each plow truck has a specific route for snow removal. Feb. 1, 2011, the first day of the storm - 2 hour school delay-then school closing — snow came down so heavy and fast that once we completed our routes for the first time, it was necessary to start all over again. It is impossible to have a truck on every road every minute.

If you have any doubts about the commitment we highway workers have in Yates County about keeping our roads safe, even for people like you, I’m sure you would be welcome to attend a meeting of the Yates County Highway Superintendents, which are held every month. The object of these meetings is to find ways to make our roads as safe as possible in all weather conditions.

I also invite you to join me in my plow truck at 3 a.m., sometimes seven days a week in the winter. Thank you Mr. Labbadia for letting me tell you how absurd your letter was.

David P. Blauvelt

Penn Yan