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Posted on February 3, 2014 at 2:51 PM by PattiAnn Schultz
On Thursday, January 23rd Webster had another one of those “lake effect snow days”. I had a meeting that day at the Irondequoit Town Hall and as soon as I crossed the Outlet Bridge going into Irondequoit, the roads where dry and the traffic was moving right along. I heard that the Town of Penfield was also this way.
I bring this up because my phone and the phones at the Highway Department were ringing over the road conditions in town. Let me just give you some facts concerning that storm:
Webster had a solid seven inches of snow by 10:30 a.m. that morning and that was not town-wide. The actual core of the town had nine inches of snow. There are over 400 lane miles of roads that our Highway Department has to plow during one of these storms. An “average” snowfall will take approximately 4 1/2 hours to complete a town-wide plowing under normal circumstances to which this day was not a normal circumstance.
So, to imagine that your subdivision will be plowed in an hour after a snow fall like what occurred on January 23rd is just not realistic. Nevertheless, as one resident told me, with all the tax dollars that they pay in this town this should be a possibility. I am here to tell you that it is not a reasonable expectation when it snows like it did on January 23rd. Accidents, traffic and speed of traffic all play a part in how fast we can get the roads plowed. Patience on your part will play a big part in helping us get the job done in an adequate amount of time.
Another topic I would like to bring up is Sensible Salting requires Sensible Driving. You have to drive to the conditions of the road on any given day, not to the speed limits when it just snowed nine inches. Driving speeds conducive to conditions is one ingredient in the sensible salting guide. Another one is that the Town of Webster is not going to salt to bare roads at any time in the winter. It is not good for the environment or the road side catch basins. These basins collect all of this road salt and just plug up and then cause road flooding in the spring. We salt to make roads passable with the correct amount of salt being applied.
I ask that although our patience may worn and we are all tired of the cold and snow, please give our highway men and women a break when we see them on our highways. The town trucks back-up and turn around at almost every intersection and giving the trucks room to work can go a long way for everyone to arrive at their destination safely and on time.
If you should you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald W. Nesbitt