Why does the county contract out plowing?
I got this question awhile back when before the snow melted. I contacted county commissioner Pat Shenigo about it this week, and he said the county does indeed have a contract with Speer and Sons for snow removal from county parking lots. County general maintenance workers are still in charge of the county's sidewalks. When asked why the county contracts out for this work, Shenigo said it actually saves money. He wrote in an email: "It was considerably less cost in equipment and manpower. Remember before when our facility's guys did both they also had to do their general maintenance duties so there was a lot of overtime!"