(4/5) On the first anniversary of their
last change to the town snow plowing policy, the Emmitsburg Town Commissioners
are considering reversing the policy change made last year.
Town Director of Public Works Jim Click
asked the commissioners at their Mar. 19 meeting to reinstate the snow
emergency plan for the entire town. This would mean that when a snow emergency
was declared, cars would have to be moved off all town streets. Cars not
removed could be towed or fined. This had been the way the town handled snow
removal before 2006. Last year, the commissioners voted to remove snow
emergency signs from secondary streets and have the snow plows plow down the
center of the street.
Click said that having cars on the road
when trying to plow made the work time consuming and stressful for the town
crew. Having all roads empty of cars would allow easy and quick plowing of
streets from curb to curb.
“We wouldn’t have to go back several times
wasting time and effort,” Click said.
Commission President Chris Staiger asked,
“Where the heck do all the cars go?”
Commission Bill O’Neil suggested that
perhaps arrangements could be made to use the Antique Mall parking lot in such
O’Neil and Staiger agreed that the problem
was residents weren’t complaining about the current policy and they had
complained about a town-wide use of the snow emergency plan.
“We see the people and the people aren’t
upset with it (the current policy),” O’Neil said.
The commission asked O’Neil to take the
issue back to the Streets Committee to seek its recommendation.
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