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City dropped the ball on snow removal


  |  Posted: Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013 06:00 am

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So I was just wondering: Tuesday was one of those rare but ideal days for clearing city streets of the soft, almost slushy snow that was making driving a little difficult. The temperature was mild and we all knew it was going to plunge overnight and that soft snow would turn into hard, icy ruts that would make driving almost dangerous on some streets. Taking advantage of the mild temperature, many city residents were out scraping the ice created by the freezing rain on the weekend from their driveways and sidewalks.

And, they were also trying to somehow move that foot of heavy, cement-like street crud the city snowplows had piled at the end of our driveways. Crud that would freeze and then we run the risk of damaging our vehicles as we try to get in and out of driveways.

So what were city crews doing? Instead of following the lead of the citizens and taking advantage of the weather to get the streets clear, they were moving snow around the edge of Poplar Park and cutting down trees. Cutting down trees! A chore that could be done at any time. But instead of doing what should be the No. 1 job all winter – clearing streets, they were cutting trees.

I just wonder who it was who directed the crews to that job. I could have phoned city maintenance and asked, but past experience has taught me that department doesn’t answer its phone and doesn’t return messages.

So, I was just wondering.

John Korobanik, St. Albert


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