Springfield searching for new plow operator

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Springfield is scrambling to find a new snow plow operator.

Northeast Grounds Management was responsible for plowing the cities’ schools, libraries and city owned parking lots. Springfield Communications Director Jim Leydon told 22News Northeast no longer has the ability to perform the work.

Northeast Grounds Management owed the city around $45,000 in back taxes. City Treasurer Steve Lonergan told 22News the city has since recouped that money.

The Department of Revenue told 22News Northeast Grounds Management is late in filing 2nd quarter 2014 (due in July) and 3rd quarter 2014 (due in October) withholding returns, but there are no outstanding liens at this time.

“Nobody likes to see any business that’s in financial difficulty but we have to protect the students and the taxpayers to make sure that services continue,” said Springfield City Councilor Tim Rooke.

Rooke had previously scheduled a meeting on Thursday to potentially find a new plow contractor. The city is hoping to hire a temporary or emergency contractor while it begins its bidding process for a new plow operator.

This issue will not affect the plowing of any residential streets. The contract is for schools, libraries and city owned parking lots.

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