ROGERS, Ohio (WKBN) – In January, Rogers Councilman Tom Chambers found himself in a rough situation.
The village of Rogers didn’t have anyone to plow their streets since their only street employee quit in August. Then, they couldn’t find a private snow-plowing service interested in contracting with them.
So Chambers took matters into his own hands, and began plowing the roads himself.
“”I went out and got everything ready. Took the trucks around and plowed the best I could and ashed,” Chambers said.
After First News ran a story in January on the problem, Chambers said he was offered help the next day.
“I started getting phone calls right away. I actually had a boy show up the next day,” Chambers said.
The village hired a street employee to replace the one who quit, and council members said they were glad they got him on board before Tuesday’s snowstorm.
“We knew we were going to hire somebody, so I talked to a couple of them, they said, ‘Hey, absolutely because we’re going to need it…it’s going to snow real quick,” Chambers said about his conversation with council members. “And I put him on and he’s been doing it ever since.”
The state handles clearing Route 7, while the county helps clear Route 154.
Chambers said it was the side streets they needed help with. Since they use ash instead of salt to prevent potholes in their roads, they needed someone who could do both.
“We bought a new truck since then and now this guy here he can put the ash down right from the dump truck he doesn’t have to get out.”
The new employee wasn’t around to talk, but Chambers said he seems very pleased with his new job.