Orange highway super warns of rough winter due to supply chain issues

  • Trucks plow Route 2 in Shelburne in 2017. Colin Killay, Orange’s superintendent of highway, cemeteries and parks, says snow removal equipment malfunctions could be detrimental this winter because supply chain issues caused by the pandemic are making it difficult to acquire parts. Staff FIle Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 12/19/2021 3:00:32 PM
Modified: 12/19/2021 3:00:18 PM

ORANGE — The town’s superintendent of highway, cemeteries and parks informed the Selectboard last week that snow removal equipment malfunctions could be detrimental this winter because supply chain issues caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic are making it difficult to acquire parts.

Colin Killay said he wanted to speak with the Selectboard and make sure members understand this could be a difficult season for town roadways due to a massive backorder of air filters, oil filters and parts for trucks, sanders and snowplows. His fleet consists of about 15 vehicles.

“We could be parking equipment for the remainder of the winter” if anything breaks down,” Killay said. “This could, conceivably, be a major issue.”

According to Killay, the supply chain issue had not yet affected truck, sander and snowplow parts at this time last year.

He said Edward Billiel Jr., chief operator of the Orange Wastewater Treatment Facility, has agreed to allow Killay’s department to use the sewage plant’s trucks for plowing, though Billiel would prefer if one of his employees operated the trucks.

Town Administrator Gabriele Voelker said it will take longer for Killay’s team to clear roads if equipment breaks down and she asked for the public’s patience and understanding if this happens.

Reach Domenic Poli at:
dpoli@recorder.com or
413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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