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Moline Recruiting for Snow Removal

plows ready for winter storms
Moline Public Works Department
plows ready for winter storms

Moline is hoping to do a better job of clearing snow and ice this winter. The Public Works Department is recruiting six new employees so it can clear main streets and residential streets faster.

Interim Public Works Director Joe Kuhlenbeck says his crews were short-handed last winter due to a hiring moratorium and financial worries caused by the pandemic. And in the past, the plows would focus on the hills and main streets first.

"We want to get into the residentials at the same time, that's why the increase in employment and the increase in the use of private contractors. So when we deploy, we deploy everywhere, and we stay on it a little bit and hope we can maintain our residential areas a little bit better."

The new people he wants to hire will become full-time employees of the city, working during the rest of the year for the streets and parks departments.

"The city's fleet is pretty vast - we definitely have enough equipment, trucks, and plows. If we have the bodies to bill them we have enough to get out there and hit the city snow plan with all the equipment that we need."

Kuhlenbeck says Moline has about 700 miles of roadway to be cleared during winter storms. People can check the Public Works website for updates on which streets have been cleared and where his crews still have to work.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.