September 19, 2014
BUCKLAND, Mass. (AP) - Residents of a small Massachusetts town
used to be able to help themselves to a free bucket of sand and
salt from the highway department to treat their steps and walkways
after a snow storm.
But no more.
Officials in the western Massachusetts town of Buckland have
suspended the perk at least temporarily because it appears some
people have been abusing the privilege.
Highway Superintendent Steve Daby told selectmen that people
have been filling the backs of pickup trucks with the mixture, and
that some people taking advantage appear to be from out of town,
The Recorder of Greenfield reports.
Selectmen say they can no longer afford to give it away.