First of all, at the rate snow was coming down, there was no way that earlier or better plowing really could have been done effectively. Yes, I was frustrated, too, at the inability to go anywhere last Tuesday and most of Wednesday. I realize that comment sections on websites were full of angry complaints, as was social media. But honestly, I have to say that personally, my street was done rather early and often, a major departure from storms past, and that it was possible to get around as early as last Wednesday afternoon. I think that a lot of the noise being heard was the general and worrisome tendency for instant response that has become part and parcel of the world we live in. People want things done yesterday, if it affects them personally, and when it doesn't happen, there are unprecedented ways available for people to bitch. I can't speak for the rest of the city, but I can say again that 1) I have no complaints about the response on the West Side and 2) the City has been very aggressive, much more so than in earlier years, about getting rid of the massive piles of snow on main thoroughfares and in the middle of streets like those downtown. I don't see anything on the surface that seems like a justification for firing people.
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And the inability to use sidewalks is not the City's problem. Sidewalks are the responsibility of residents. We are now a week past the storm, and there are still properties on my street where the sidewalks have not been cleared. How about ticketing some of the people that haven't done what they were supposed to? City police turned into revenue agents years ago, and ticket drivers for every conceivable offense without mercy. Leave a television on your curb, and you will see code show up within 24 hours telling you that the garbage collectors don't take electronics anymore. Parking costs 25 cents for 30 minutes, or 1/4 the amount of time that a quarter gets you in Johnson City. You're telling me that people that deserve to be ticketed can't be touched?
I don't know any of the individuals involved here, and I have no idea of what was going on inside City Hall. But it seems peculiar and harsh to make this an issue now, especially since the major anomaly last week was the City lifting the travel ban six hours before the county did. And that came from the Mayor's off, not the Department of Public Works.