The Farmington Independent published an article about how the most recent 15″ snowstorm put a strain on the city’s resources due to overtime and lack of places to put removed snow.
From the article:
Farmington director of municipal services Todd Reiten said the plows first hit the streets at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
But the snow kept falling. Plow drivers took a break from 9 p.m., Sunday until 3 a.m. Monday. They worked until 4 p.m. Monday afternoon, then went back out again at 3 a.m. Tuesday.
But the big snowfall caused a problem crews didn’t have earlier this winter. Apparently, city crews are running out of places to store the snow. Normally, the snow is piled up in the vacant lots alongside of Schmitz-Maki Arena, but with all the snow from before still in place, it’s getting tricky to put more there.
The article goes on to mention that a few calls were made by residents to ask about the plowing and road conditions but some were complaints about plows replacing snow removed from sidewalks by residents. Reader Mikeh noted on Twitter that, “Farmington was nearly done by 8am (Monday morning).”
However, other South Metro cities such as Apple Valley were definitely not caring for the roads like they should which may have been the reason why there were 3 minor-injury crashes and 15 property damage calls within the city’s boundaries. UpWithTheMooses was quite disappointed with Apple Valley’s plowing response when he noted, “C’mon, Apple Valley, plow those side streets. You’ve had plenty of time…”
What were the road conditions like in your neck of the woods? Do you feel that this year has been better or worse for snow plowing than previous years? While the snow has already melted due to the warmer temperatures, do you wonder if more cuts should be made elsewhere in the budget to make room for keeping the roads safe and passable? Whatever you have to say about the snow plowing this year go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.