New Berlin Town Board Denies Offer From Chenango County DPW

By: Zachary Meseck

NORWICH – The New Berlin Town Board voted to reject an offer from the county’s department of public works to begin training its first public notary, accepted a part-time police officer’s resignation, and agreed to spend about $1,200 on mower repairs.

Monday’s town meeting began with New Berlin Supervisor Robert Starr discussing repairs needed on one of the Town’s mowers.

Starr explained the Diesel Gravely Promaster mower the town purchased three years ago for $300 was having trans-axle issues costing $1,200 to repair.

According to Starr, the cost of replacing the mower would be upwards of $27,000, which he said justified the price of the town mower’s repair.

Then Starr said that the Chenango County Department of Public Works reached out to the board via a letter, which offered them the option to take over mowing county roadsides located in the Town of New Berlin.

He explained that the department of public works was willing to pay $50 a mile, and there are around 31 miles to cover, which means the reimbursement for mowing would be approximately $1,550.

“At $50 a mile, the offer is not good enough,” Star said. “We’ve been looking at the roads, and most of them have guardrails. We don’t have a way to mow behind the guard rails, and there are deep ditches to deal with as well.”

He said a boom mower provided by the county would make it possible, but not financially practical due to the cost of manning the boom mower, fueling it, and making repairs to it.

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