I am speaking up for our city workers and asking our city administrators to give employees some proper tools, training and a sound plan to deal with snow-clearing in our city.
As a taxpayer and longtime resident, I am asking for better.
Use snow plows with front blades and snow-removal augers and blowers that can removed curbside snow. Provide employees with training on how to use them.
Our employees need the right equipment to do the job and the right tools will save us time and, ultimately, money.
Our major arterial roads, such as Hillside Way, Pacific Way, Tranquille Road and Summit Drive, are so narrowed due to snow piling up beside the curb that there is barely room for two vehicle to pass in the same direction.
Curbside snow piles block the snow from melting into our storm drains, so we get more freeze/thaw cycles on our streets, more icing, more accidents and, ultimately, more potholes.
Pedestrian and multi-use surfaces should not be an after-thought to the program.
I cringe watching seniors and others climbing over snow banks along curbs and pathways as they try to walk or cycle somewhere.
Roads should have even and odd parking days during the winter (and spring) so they can be cleaned to the curb. Tow violators away and get the job done.
This is not rocket science; it’s just common sense road maintenance for year-round cost savings.
Our city can do better and we should expect better because we are the people paying the bills.