By Ryan Cornell
The Town of Woodstock has found a way to turn this winter's snow piles into dollars.
A contract initiated this year between Woodstock and the Virginia Department of Transportation pays the town to provide snow removal services on U.S. 11 and Va. 42.
Woodstock Town Manager Reid Wodicka said the town only pays for fuel and personnel and has taken in "several thousand dollars" so far.
He said the money raised through the contract will be used to fund projects around the town.
Traditionally, VDOT pays a contractor to plow the two roads.
"Not sure exactly what happened with the contractor, but he somehow fell out of favor with VDOT and VDOT realized at that time, we don't have any resources to do any of this work," Wodicka said.
Because Main Street and Senedo Road are relatively flat and well-traveled, he said plowing them might present less of a risk of malfunctioning equipment than other roads.
"It's not Park Avenue," he joked.
This is the first year this contract has taken effect and it lasts for one year. Wodicka said he probably would agree to extend it if presented with the opportunity from VDOT.
"I think that it's been beneficial to the town and the state and it's really provided high-quality service to the town," he said.
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