Boston plow dispute heats up with storm forecast

Posted at 1:06 PM, Nov 17, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-12 12:54:55-05

A controversy in the Town of Boston over who should plow nine Erie County roads is once again heating up now that a strong lake-effect snow storm is forecast to hit the Southtowns.

The Town of Boston helped plow the roads for years and was reimbursed for its effort.

A dispute over the repayment of $4,890.24 from Erie County, related to last winter's snowfall, resulted in the town opting out of the plow sharing agreement and advising Erie County that is is solely responsible for its own roads.

However, heavy wet snow Monday morning caused problems on Wohlhueter Road where residents said a bus got stuck and others were rerouted due to unplowed conditions on the county road.

A resident said the county plows showed up around 9 a.m.

Other problems were reported on Zimmerman and Mayer roads where Waste Management advised the Town of Boston that garbage pickup in those areas was being canceled on Monday due to snow on the roads.

"I was just talking to someone the other day who was delivering some things and he said, ' Just wait until somebody gets killed and maybe they'll do something about it,'" added resident Chuck Wallace.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz called the Town of Boston's decision to cancel the contract "imprudent" and Poloncarz said he would send more plows to help in the Boston Hills.