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Lack of road salt troubles county, municipal officials


Robert Balkind, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Works for Dutchess County, gestures toward the back wall of the county salt shed in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Seeing the back wall means officials have a precariously low supply of road salt. The county received shipments from the Port of Newark last week, but is still owed more than half of its 10,800 tons on order. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

By Curtis Schmidt

County public works officials and town and village highway superintendents don't like to see the back wall of their salt sheds. It means that they have a precariously low supply of road salt and are uncomfortably close to a position they dread – not being able to fulfill their core mission of public safety by salting roads during ice and snowstorms.

These officials in Dutchess County have seen those back walls far too often this winter. In fact, when it comes to the delivery of salt to their facilities, those interviewed for this story unanimously say this season is the worst they have ever seen.

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Northern Dutchess News

Salt delivery to county, towns at crisis stage


A truck from the Town of LaGrange is loaded with road salt at the Dutchess County Department of Public Works facility in the Town of Poughkeepsie on Friday morning. The county received shipments from the Port of Newark last week, but is still owed more than half of its 10,800 tons on order from Morton Salt Inc. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

by Curtis Schmidt

County public works officials and town and village highway superintendents don’t like to see the back wall of their salt sheds. It means that they have a precariously low supply of road salt and are uncomfortably close to a position they dread – not being able to fulfill their core mission of public safety by salting roads during ice and snowstorms.

These officials in Dutchess County have seen those back walls far too often this winter. In fact, when it comes to the delivery of salt to their facilities, those interviewed for this story unanimously say this season is the worst they have ever seen.

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Beacon Free Press

Beacon City School District board appoints Walkley superintendent


Dr. Barbara Walkley was appointed superintendent of the Beacon City School District by the Beacon City School District Board of Education on Monday, Feb. 23. -Courtesy photo

By Kristine Coulter

Dr. Barbara Walkley has been appointed Superintendent of Schools by the Beacon City School District Board of Education. Dr. Walkley has been the interim superintendent since Aug. 2014. The Beacon City School District Board of Education appointed Dr. Walkley at its Monday, Feb. 23 meeting.

“It is an honor to receive the appointment. I am thankful to the Board of Education for the trust they have placed in me and the team of people I work with. It is exciting to be placed in this status as we will be able to implement plans we have made this year and into the future,” stated Dr. Walkley.

The board, in a statement from the district’s spokesperson, stated, “The Board is very pleased with Dr. Walkley’s leadership and looks forward to working with her over the next three years to advance our common goal of improving the educational programs offered to our students.”

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