East Brandywine Township has been awarded first prize in PennDOT’s Build a Better Mousetrap Contest, according to a report from the Daily Local News.
The award was presented to representatives of East Brandywine Township at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ Excellence Awards ceremony. The event, which honors achievements by townships and their officials statewide, was part of PSATS’s 97th Annual Educational Conference and Exhibit Show.
The contest recognizes projects built and designed by road crews or municipal employees that improve safety, reduce costs, or increase efficiency.
For the win, the road department of East Brandywine found a way to store salt spreaders for their trucks.
“We were using a backhoe to mount the spreaders on the trucks, which took two people,” said township roadmaster Matthew VanLew.
To solve this, the road department developed a portable storage rack for the spreaders. By using scrap lumber and $50 purchased wheels, the rack holds four spreaders and can easily be moved around the garage and helps mount spreaders on the trucks.
“This saves time for the department, using one person and no equipment to install and remove salt spreaders from the trucks,” said VanLew.
Read more about the award in the Daily Local News here.