The snow plows came down my street this afternoon. They arrived like an army, filling the street with heavy machinery. The grader took a pass, scraping the street and leaving a wake of snow as it travelled down the road. Then it backed up and took another try at the street. There were several front end loaders and various other pieces of machinery on the street, all working to scrape the hard packed snow off the street.
I didn't think the street was that bad. I was able to navigate the street with the 2-3 inches of hard packed snow on it. I know we only have so much money in the budget for snow removal in our city, and getting to the cement is not that important as long as the streets are passable. And our street was passable.
But the plows were out, so why look a gift horse in the mouth.
Then I saw the piles of snow along the edges of the street. I saw that they were getting quite high. I saw the path I had been keeping clear. The path that got me from my home to the street. The path had a huge pile of snow chunks damming it closed. And I had to go out.
When I returned home with my husband, he let me out at the end of our street so I could walk up the sidewalk and get to my home without having to climb over the huge snow pile that now lined my street.
As I came up to my home, my neighbour poked her head out the door to say hello. She commented on the huge pile of snow chunks that now lined our street. We both were not pleased that there was not a single path left open for any of us to use. And we both commented that it was not going to be easy removing these huge chunks of snow that now blocked our paths.
I have noticed that not a single bucket of snow has been taken away from my street during these snow clearings. So now I am wondering. Who is making the decisions on the logistics of snow clearing this year?
I understand that we have more snow this year than normal. And I understand that it costs money to have the snow removed. But who made the decision to bring 8 snow plows, graders, front end loaders to my street and scrape the snow? And who decided that the snow would remain as snow banks on my street, and not be taken away? All I know is that it will be the citizens of my street, young and old, able bodied and not, who will have to remove those large chunks of hardened snow from our paths to regain access to our street.