February 10, 2011 12:00AM
Most days, Kenny Edwards, a vehicle maintenance employee at Pittsburg State University, spends his time making sure the cars and trucks at PSU are running smoothly. On days when the snow flies, however, he joins other members of the Physical Plant crew in clearing sidewalks and parking lots so students and staff can make it to class and work safely.
Tom Amershek, director of building trades and landscape maintenance, said battling Mother Nature is a team effort and they're always racing the clock. Although this most recent spate of winter weather pales in comparison to the storm last week, timing was an issue, as the heaviest snow did not arrive until 5 or 6 a.m.
"The extra time helped us tremendously," Amershek said of the decision to cancel daytime classes and delay the opening of offices until 10 a.m. "It gives us a couple of hours to work before the cars start arriving. It's also a safety issue, both for the people who are driving in to work or school from out of town in the early morning."
If the forecast is correct, Edwards should be back to work on the campus vehicles soon. With spring just a little over a month away, Amershek said hopes Edwards won't be needed again this semester for snow duty. He's available, however, just in case.