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The Plainview Water District Board of Commissioners Edward Shulroff, Kevin Langberg and Joel Kessler remind all homeowners and local businesses to make sure fire hydrants on or near their property are kept clear of snow and ice at all times. Residents must remain vigilant in ensuring that firefighters can perform their lifesaving work without delays.

"The accessibility of fire hydrants in an emergency is crucial," stated Board Chairman Edward Shulroff. "Our volunteer firefighters do an excellent job of protecting the lives, homes and businesses in our area. We ask residents to make sure that fire hydrants are not blocked or frozen. Taking a few minutes to dig out a fire hydrant could make a big difference."

In addition to clearing their own hydrants, it is a good idea for residents to dig out the hydrants of friends, family or neighbors who may not be able to do it on their own.

"This is a situation where everyone needs to chip in and look out for one another in the interest of public safety," added Chairman Shulroff.

Of course, fire hydrant accessibility is not only a winter problem. All year round, residents should remember to never place garbage cans or other debris around a hydrant.

The Plainview Water District has announced the schedule for January 2009 Board Meetings. Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend the meetings.

· Tuesday, January 6 at 7:30 p.m.

· Tuesday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.

· Tuesday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m.

· Tuesday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m.

All meetings will be held in the boardroom of the Water District administration building located at 10 Manetto Hill Road in Plainview. Residents who require additional information should contact the Plainview Water District at 931-6469.


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