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Old 02-15-2013, 07:55 AM
 
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Wilton2ParkAve makes some great points as well. While I know a few cities in the state have received much publicity for their snow clearing (or lack thereof), I have to say that my town received 30" and by the time we were able to dig out Saturday morning and reach the road, my town already had it passable by about 1.5 car widths. Not bad for just hours after the storm ended.

Like with any event, the negative news is getting the attention. It isn't exactly headline news that it snowed and was cleaned up promptly, as was the case with the majority of towns and state roads.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:57 AM
 
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I know that both Branford and North Haven pulled their police officers and their plow trucks off the street because of the heavy rate of snow. I think that's why they ran into trouble with regards to snow removal.

But the cities (Bport, NH, Hartford, Waterbury) are known for incompetence. I'm not surprised they're still having issues.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:18 AM
 
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I feel as though CT did a sub standard job of clearing the streets. The Springfield area had just as much snow as the Hartford area and it was business as usual by Tuesday. The Boston and Providence areas were pounded and was back to business as usual by Wednesday. I feel as though CT does not deal well with weather related emergencies, The track record since Irene has just been abysmal.
Massachusetts did not get as much snow or wind as Connecticut.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:22 AM
 
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I work/live in greater Hartford and both my husband and I were back to work Monday. I know many of the bigger employers did a delay Monday or stayed home (Aetna, the state, etc.) but by Tuesday it was business as usual. I don't know anyone other than schools/educators who weren't back at work Tuesday. I am not saying CT DOT or the cities did a bang up job but the situation wasn't quite as dire as posted above.
While I don't totally disagree, I also think many employers are too quick to be "back to work" which needlessly puts people on the roads and hampers cleanup, etc. (including pressure by people parked in "street spaces" to immediately shovel the snow back into the street). A lot of this "pressure" is why many were stuck on the highways during the blizzard in the first place....companies not encouraging people to leave for safety reasons and people then feeling they need to stay as late as possible (with their guess of "possible" being wrong and too late).
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:08 AM
 
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But the cities (Bport, NH, Hartford, Waterbury) are known for incompetence. I'm not surprised they're still having issues.
They can barely handle 6 inches, let alone 3 feet.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:43 AM
 
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I know that both Branford and North Haven pulled their police officers and their plow trucks off the street because of the heavy rate of snow. I think that's why they ran into trouble with regards to snow removal.

But the cities (Bport, NH, Hartford, Waterbury) are known for incompetence. I'm not surprised they're still having issues.
I would not call it incompetence. These cities just do not have enough resources to handle these events. They pretty much have reduced their road maintenance staff to bare minimums and do not have the money to pay outside contractors.

I thought Waterbury's idea to use kids to shovel out the schools was a great idea. The schools got cleared, the kids made some money and were kept from getting into trouble with nothing to do. I am however waiting for the unions to complain that this took work from their people. If that does happen I hope the media jumps all over them. Jay
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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I would not call it incompetence. These cities just do not have enough resources to handle these events. They pretty much have reduced their road maintenance staff to bare minimums and do not have the money to pay outside contractors.
LOL, yeah, because of mismanagement and incompetence. Our cities are incredibly corrupt. But that's another thread.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:56 AM
 
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I would not call it incompetence. These cities just do not have enough resources to handle these events. They pretty much have reduced their road maintenance staff to bare minimums and do not have the money to pay outside contractors.

I thought Waterbury's idea to use kids to shovel out the schools was a great idea. The schools got cleared, the kids made some money and were kept from getting into trouble with nothing to do. I am however waiting for the unions to complain that this took work from their people. If that does happen I hope the media jumps all over them. Jay
Why don't they have enough resources? Taxes are sky high, so they should have revenue to cover such functions.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:10 AM
 
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I think we also have to realize that it's a lot easier cleaning up suburbia than it is a city. Come to any semi rural, rural or suburban town and the plows zip right through. No cars are parked on them, streets are wide compared to city neighborhood streets.

Live in the city neighborhoods with cars parked on the street and you have major problems plowing. That problem being there is nowhere to push the snow except up against cars. What you wind up with is sort of one narrow lane of two narrow cleared and cars plowed in.

Then everyone comes out and moves all that snow off their cars and back into the street and it's a mess.
With this amount of snow, city streets have to get cleared by removing snow, besides plowing it. Pay loaders, dump trucks and plows. Takes a heck of a lot longer.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Live in NY State, work in CT
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I would not call it incompetence. These cities just do not have enough resources to handle these events. They pretty much have reduced their road maintenance staff to bare minimums and do not have the money to pay outside contractors.

I thought Waterbury's idea to use kids to shovel out the schools was a great idea. The schools got cleared, the kids made some money and were kept from getting into trouble with nothing to do. I am however waiting for the unions to complain that this took work from their people. If that does happen I hope the media jumps all over them. Jay
I agree with you on both points, if it would let me rep you I would (too soon since the last rep).
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