Manpower shortage forces Rogers councilman to plow streets

A councilman in Rogers, Ohio plowed the streets because no one else was available.

ROGERS, Ohio (WKBN) – A councilman in the village of Rogers hopped on a snow plow and cleared snow on a few streets because no one was available to do it.

Councilman Tom Chambers boarded a snow plow early Tuesday and cleared snow on 2.2 miles of village streets.

The village has been without anyone to mow or plow since a part-time street employee quit in August, and the village was unable to find a private snow-plowing service interested in contracting with them.

“I went out and got everything ready. Took the trucks around and plowed the best I could and ashed,” Chambers said.

Chambers says the village uses fine ash instead of salt because they can’t afford to repair the roads from the damage that salt causes.

The state handles clearing Route 7, while the county helps clear Route 154.

Chambers reached out to Elkton and Middleton for help, but those municipalities struggle with manpower to clear their own roads.

Village council continues to look for someone it can afford to contract with for snow plowing services.

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