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Brookhaven Officials To Focus on Highway Dept. Improvements

Town board set to vote on Supervisor Ed Romaine's proposals at Tuesday's meeting at Town Hall.

A proposal to improve the Brookhaven Highway Department's snow removal efforts and an initiative to repair local beaches damaged by Hurricane Sandy are among the topics scheduled to be discussed at Tuesday night's Town Board meeting, which begins at 5 p.m.

Following the early February blizzard, Supervisor Ed Romaine put forth four proposals to improve the town's Highway Department's snow removal effort. They are:

• pay-rate increases to outside contractors
• a re-evaluation of Brookhaven’s insurance policy mandate for contractors
• use of an outside firm to review the condition of all vehicles involved in snow removal
• enhanced employee training with regard to 451-TOWN calls.

Town board members will also vote on whether to send a message of support to the New York State assembly for legislation what would increase a municipalities annual spending on highway equipment from $1 million to $2.6 million. The measure has already been approved by the state senate.

In addition, there is an agreement proposed between the town and New York state engineers to move forward with Phase I of Fire Island community storm protection projects. They include erosion control measures for Fire Island Pines, Davis Park, Ocean Bay Park, Point O' Woods and Seaview.

Board members will also be asked to adjust the town's 2013 budget to compensate for part of the $24 million costs of cleaning up Superstorm Sandy.

Justin Time February 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM
So in order to get better services, you have to bribe outside contractors with more pay? Definately sounds very political. So, because of low, affordable pay, we were getting low, incompetent work! TOB Officials..you are a pathetic bunch of people..Next joke coming up is the weining of the teachers and how they need a salary boost cuz they put in six months of "work", and that term is used VERY loosly! Keep giving, taxpayers..support those who have!
Engineer February 26, 2013 at 01:58 PM
How about simply hiring more outside contractors rather than giving the clearly incompetent outside contractors raises!
School Bus Driver February 26, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Sandys devastation was awful and I know repairs need to be done. At tonight's meeting PLEASE also consider paving Rt. 112 from Rt. 25 to Horseblock Rd.. Like hundreds of others, I travel that road in a school bus, twice a day, and the rattling is rattling me and the students. Thank you!!!
Anton February 26, 2013 at 04:33 PM
A plow drove in circles many times around the block next to me with the plow up, never plowing my block. I had to snowblow my way out of a 1/4 mile long block. Now we want to pay these idiots more money? They clearly milk the system as it is now, so we're going to pay them more to drive around in cirlces and not plow? This is how Brookhaven works I guess...reward cheaters with raises, hoping that more money will make people work harder and be less likely to cheat the system. We all know how that's gonna work out....
Wlodek February 26, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Given the comments above, there should be a way of Town being able to make sure that the job is being done. What steps are being taken towards that goal? How about a hotline to report such incidents, or just calling residents randomly and asking if their streets are being plowed as expected and contracted?

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