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County meets to discuss snow plowing

A special meeting of the Bowman County Board of Commissioners was called to order last week to discuss snow plowing in the wake of the large winter storms that blanketed the area in the recent weeks.

Main Street in Bowman before plows move the snow last week. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)

By BRYCE MARTIN
Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

A special meeting of the Bowman County Board of Commissioners was called to order last week to discuss snow plowing in the wake of the large winter storms that blanketed the area in the recent weeks.

Neil Hofland, county road superintendent, reviewed with commissioners his ability to hire an independent contractor to push snow further from the roads and ditches.

The road superintendent is allowed by the county to make such a hire if the need exists. Snow has been piling up in ditches and drifting onto the roadways from the recent storms but  it was merely discussion, however, as it was believed the county had the plowing under control at this point.

The other topic of discussion was for plowing of emergency routes during large winter storms.

Bowman County Auditor Sandi Tivis said the county would take a “common sense” approach. If an emergency vehicle needed to get through and a road was deemed impassable, then they would contact the proper entity to clear the route.

“We haven’t had this kind of snow for years and years,” Tivis said.

The problem with plowing, considering the city and county’s limited resources, is that people are used to having it cleaned up immediately, she said. With the recent storms, however, that hasn’t been possible because of the large amount of snow and ice.