By Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep an eye out this winter for local snow plows from the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC).
This year, the WCRC partnered with seven local area schools for the Paint a Plow program.
In early September, the WCRC dropped plows off at South Meadows Elementary in Chelsea, Klager Elementary in Manchester, Creekside Intermediate School in Dexter, Whitmore Lake Elementary, Ypsilanti High School, Heritage in Saline, and Milan High School.
Coordination between the schools and the WCRC began last spring and the program was ready to go once school began. The plows were picked up by mid-October with kids from the various schools painting designs and pictures on the plows.
The WCRC needed the plows back before winter began to be able to prepare to shift from summer to winter road work. The plows will be used this winter if there is enough snow, most snow plowing is done with the underbody scrappers on the trucks. In addition to using them during the winter, some of the trucks with the plows will be involved in various holiday parades and community events.
“There are couple road commissions across the state that do it and other road departments in other states that do it. We thought it was a cool way to get out to the community and help show kids, parents, and teaches alike what we do here at the road commission especially when it comes to winter maintenance,” said Emily Kizer, Communications Manager for the WCRC. “We get a lot of comments like ‘I never knew the plows were so tall,’ or ‘your trucks are so large.’ We try to encourage people to give us lots of space as we do our work out there. It’s a fun way to get people talking about the road commission and all the important work we do and a cool way we can have our employees get out in the community and talk with people as well.”