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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Oh, no! My streets are covered in ice!

For the last week, all I've heard is West Chester borough residents kvetching about the icy, snowy matter that still covers some of their streets.

I sympathize, to an extent.

But what bothers me is this - it seems that some readers believe it is my job to assure the entire West Chester Public Works department gets fired.

These readers believe the following: West Chester's roads should be completely clear; there should be no snow in site; residual snow is evidence of the public works department's absolute incompetence.

Meanwhile borough officials tell me that, in West Chester, there is nowhere to plow snow to. Unless you haul it out of the borough, it remains on the side of - or in the middle of - the road, they tell me.

Philadelphia has these nifty "melt trucks." The trucks lift snow into a boiler, which is on the back of the truck. The boiler melts the snow. Problem solved, or greatly reduced.

Except that boiler trucks are really expensive. Philadelphia only uses them on Center City's most vital roads, I believe.

Do West Chester residents want to pay for a bunch of melt trucks?

[OK, OK, I know, y'all feel like you're paying so much in taxes that the borough should already have used your money to buy, like, ten of them. Whatever. It's not my job to make sure your public works officials get fired.]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have any of you been watching the the "snow news" of Phila? Please note than many of their streets have not yet been plowed!!!!

February 17, 2010 3:41 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldnt they put it in public areas such as Everheart Park, empty lots, or even dump it in the Brandywine?

February 17, 2010 9:18 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plows are down - at the end of the street dump the snow...Now not one person can see the oncoming cars. A little thought regarding the streets during the "Budget Planning Stage" would make sense. If the funds are not needed for the winter storms - great! At least there was a plan. Enforce a "Snow Emergency" and make sure any cars left on the streets get a ticket of $200.00 if the snow removal was hampered because of the car(s). Tough Love for W.C. Citizens.

February 18, 2010 9:30 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get your car off the street and into a parking garage when snow is forcast. Salt and early plowing and plowing until the snow ends. The job would be done. Cost? You bet, but that is a problem all over big and small cities. Pay to live in older towns that have historic value and that is how they want it.

February 18, 2010 10:44 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Prior Planning !!!

February 18, 2010 2:43 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weather Advisory should have notified all Citizens in WC to remove their cars before the storm. Salting/Brine should be a common practice in WC, since the town has very narrow streets and this is one way of keeping down the know common sense should be used and not to worry about the cents.

February 19, 2010 2:57 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like the streets in West Chester are perfect - really? I guess I have been driving in the wrong direction on Route 100 to Route 202.

February 22, 2010 12:26 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the first winter West Chester had snow? Give me a break. All locals have an emergency schedule for parking - what in the heck is wrong with West Chester??

February 22, 2010 3:06 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelieveable there isn't any person making a comment to this Blog.

February 23, 2010 9:35 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

West Chester has not learned to connect the dots when it comes to street repair, snow emergency and the apartment dwellers. The locals would like businesses to take pride in this town and to do that they need to provide parking for their customers using their establishments.

February 26, 2010 10:57 AM 

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