• Sat. May 21st, 2022

Highway Commission, Friendly Neighbors Help Clear Cass County Roads

CASSOPOLIS, Michigan — Cass County may be smaller, but there are still 50,000 residents for their team of just 22 drivers to reach each day.

“It’s the satisfaction of doing something for our audience,” said Bob Thompson, executive director of the Cass County Road Commission.

Thompson said his team may have fewer resources than their neighboring and larger counties, but despite that — in addition to dealing with all the impacts of COVID — they still managed to get the job done once again. more.

“We have 22 routes and had full coverage yesterday; we still have approximately one COVID employee absent per week.

The road commission has decided to take a video inside one of their snowplow trucks to invite people into what they don’t see – eight hours of carefully traversing tons of snow – and it gets tense.

“One of the girls from the office arranged for a ride and then wrote a story and we got so many positive responses,” Thompson said.

A person who already had the appreciation of the road service – Chris Jenkins, resident of Cassopolis.

“It’s fun and a great way to pass your time,” Jenkins said.

What started as picking up leaves for her South O’Keefe Street neighbors turned into an offer to clean their sidewalks in the winter.

“He had asked me yesterday if I knew anyone who needed help, so I posted a message on Facebook to let them know he was around,” said Courtney White, Jenkins’ sister. .

Although people gave him money as a thank you, it wasn’t meant to be a second job.

Jenkins, however, hopes to eventually work his way south to north of O’Keefe – into the highways commission building as a driver himself.

“It’s definitely a short-term goal because I feel like I could work all day at my job once in a while and stay up all night plowing, but that’s just me.”