City blows snow removal?

Matt Westerhold
Dec 27, 2012

A long-time Register employee arrived at work earlier today expressing a thought he's shared almost every year about this time. 

"I see nobody told the city of Sandusky there was snow on the way," he said. 

As I look out to the windows down at Jackson and Market streets, it indeed does appear that nobody mentioned to city workers that it snowed. The employee and others who drive into town from other parts in the county swear that every community does snow removal better than Sandusky. Given the city government's inability to get just about anything right it's difficult to argue against the point. And seeing the ice crusted city streets below the news building nearly 24 hours after the snow began falling gives validity to the criticism.

But I'm not sure. My commute does not go outside the city. Perhaps I'm just too familiar with the snow-filled streets in Sandusky.

What do you think? Is the city's snow removal substandard? Are other area communities better at tackling this task? 

  

 

 

 

 

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The Hero Zone

Being a downtown business, snow removal certainly is important especially as we do attract people from out of town (parking can especially be hairy at times). So we both rely on and appreciate the service when available! But, if given some permission and guidance from the city (so we don't get in the way of or break any rules) we could probably get a little group of people from our Hero Zone community to at least keep our block of Market St. upkept. It would assist the official crews to be better able to focus on other streets or not have to worry about sidewalks and just plow the roads. As far as investments in it go, some additional shovels, even an old snow blower, and a thank you pizza party for those that came to help could go a long way. It is a good morale booster for the community and gets people involved in helping. "Adopt a Block" of sorts! Of course, this isn't a pandering for funds or equipment, just a thought to share (we already try to do a good job with the sidewalk outside our store which is a good portion of our side of Market St.).

Not just looking at how other communities handle their snow, but other countries, there's a lot of interesting options even including this little guy which is kind of a "hay bailer" for snow and slush:
http://marginalrevolution.com/ma...

There are a couple of other neat, functional ideas in that article too. All the same, let's stay warm and do what we can where we are including sharing information if a service doesn't seem to be up to par (but give thanks when it is due too!).

eightballcuet1

It seems like the downtown area was the worst. I work downtown, snow is plowed into the center of the atreet. When businesses opened and people started parking on the street it was almost impossible to get thru. When I went to lunch I went down Water St to get to Subway. There was a beer truck parked next to Daly's coompletly blocking the eastbound lane. You could not get around it due to the mound of snow. On my way back to work, I again went down Water St. When I got in front of Dr Gallagher's office I had to actually go up onto the mound of snow to get around the cars parked there. When I left work for the day at 5:00, not one plow, backhoe or truck had made any attempt to remove the snow from the middle of the street. You would think that the city would make every attempt possible to clean the downtown streets not only for the businesses but for the fire department located on W Market St. I know that they get numerous calls to the high rises downtown and I see them going down Market St to get there. They would have never made it through today. Downtown should be one of the streets to take priority in snow removal.

Beer_guy

When I moved here from Castalia over 20 yrs ago I would brag to all my friends out there about how good the city kept the streets in the winter now I feel foolish when those same friends and I talk about the streets in Sandusky during the winter even the snow streets are not cleared well I went though downtown on my way to work today and in a few spots could barley get through just another reason for people to avoid downtown as if bussiness is not already bad enough for them this time of year maybe we should hire someone to do a study on how to fix this problem and spend about 20 or 30 thousand and while we are at it lets hire someone to study how we can get rid of the Keller building and open up Shoreline dr again that should be worth another 20 or 30 thousand that should just about blow the entire budget for snow removal for the rest of the year

phroggy

No periods? Really?

Beer_guy

When I moved here from Castalia over 20 yrs ago I would brag to all my friends out there about how good the city kept the streets in the winter now I feel foolish when those same friends and I talk about the streets in Sandusky during the winter even the snow streets are not cleared well I went though downtown on my way to work today and in a few spots could barley get through just another reason for people to avoid downtown as if bussiness is not already bad enough for them this time of year maybe we should hire someone to do a study on how to fix this problem and spend about 20 or 30 thousand and while we are at it lets hire someone to study how we can get rid of the Keller building and open up Shoreline dr again that should be worth another 20 or 30 thousand that should just about blow the entire budget for snow removal for the rest of the year

safecracker2

Hey Matt.... I see that you try to find fault and blame as long as it brings up a controversial subject. Keep it up. The world you live in must be perfect. Were you out in a plow, and ambulance, a fire truck, a tow truck, in an emergency room, delivering meals on wheels to people who were stuck, checking on the elderly, restoring power, working as a cashier, or another job that made the world go around during this minor snowfall? Must be nice to sit behind your computer and pick on people who are trying to do the best they can with what they have. Everyone is understaffed. It's the way the world rolls now a days. Give these people some credit. Perhaps you should have stayed home.

grandmasgirl

Some people don't understand that not all cities have the budget that other cities do. Perkins probably gets twice the revenue that Sandusky does. The cities and townships have to pay for their own snow removal. HelloHello is right. People always seem to complain about one thing or another. Very seldom do the workers who are out in all kinds of weather (be it 0° or 102°) get any credit. I for one would like to thank them.

pptrsha

yestarday i made a police report because the snow plow went through my fence again. i was told the plow didnt hit the fence the snow did! wtf? hahaha we have repaired the fence every winter for the last 5 years this year we screwed a piece of pressure treated wood across it and the plow took out the panel BESIDE it this year the only thing stopping it from going across the partking lot was the metal poles in concrete behind it

starryeyes83

I very rarely have to rake I chop them up with a mower.

totallyamazed

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I just drove through downtown Sandusky (my usual waterfront tour). Yikes!! I personally believe if the blades of the plow were lowered approximately 8" closer to the road, some real progress....wait....and the truck moved 5' closer to the curb also.....there we go, some real progress toward navigable streets could be achieved. Can't park on the street :-(

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