Irondequoit DPW at full capacity after 2016 fire

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Despite losing its Department of Public Works (DPW) building in a fire last December, the Town of Irondequoit says it is ready for winter. Town Supervisor Dave Seeley says it’s actually operating at a higher capacity compared to last year.

In an exclusive ride-along with the Irondequoit DPW, News 8 observed how the town helps make the commute for drivers in nasty weather conditions a lot easier.

Jake Selemchik, a plow operator, starts his day just before the crack of dawn. On Wednesday, he was assigned to plow the Irondequoit Bay Hills area — a residential neighborhood located on a steep hill that only the most skilled drivers are assigned to this route. 

“Sometimes whatever vehicles are parked on the street when you’re working around there makes things difficult,” Selemchik said.

The slippery and snow covered hills also pose as a challenge for equipment that Seeley says is crucial. 

“Having them indoors and somewhat weatherized is very helpful so we’re able to get this thing up pretty quick and it’s helping to show we’re able to get to the roads as fast as possible,” Seeley said.

Following the devastating fire, the DPW relocated to a temporary building with the help of surrounding towns who donated their equipment to replace those that destroyed. 

The Town of Irondequoit plans to build a permanent facility by 2019 to house all of the plows and trucks needed for these winter storms. 

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