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Town plowing post storm

I know the Saturday storm was unexpected, but the town outdid itself with lousy snowplowed streets. After just about everyone cleared their driveways and walks, the town finally came through late and blocked the same with the heavy wet snow. Especially bad were tghe cul-de-sac jobs, where a quick swipe created large banks in the street that will freeze solid. Kudos!
Tim Miranda January 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM
When were they supposed to come through? The snow was pushing 1-2" an hour through 6pm. If they had come earlier, they would have had to a second round.
Bryan Gaudette January 19, 2014 at 11:33 PM
I hope they are (DPW) planning to scrape up the slush that is still on the roads, it's going to freeze solid this week!
Maggie Desmond January 20, 2014 at 03:18 PM
The town plowed the streets LONG after the storm was over! I've learned not expect anything special with our roads. You can always tell when you are over the border in another town with the condition of their roads, always so much better than Chelmsford.
David Wholey January 20, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Like every other storm, this town deserves an "F". I plow streets in a neighboring town and an disgusted when I get to the town line. Not sure what they pay the contractors, who supervises them, or determines when they are done. When I finish my route, I call the supervisor, he checks my route then I am released. Sounds like a pretty easy method. The roads I plow are down to pavement and just about as wide as they are during the summer. No reason why that cant happen here.....I especially like the way Chelmsford clears the sidewalks for the students who could not afford the $200 to take the bus can have a safe place to walk.
Maggie Desmond January 20, 2014 at 08:02 PM
I was told once by a contractor hired by the town of Chelmsford (not for plowing) that everyone calls Chelmsford there cash cow. This is why our taxes are so high.
Rob C January 20, 2014 at 08:39 PM
you cant really complain about them plowing snow at the end of your driveway, what else are they supposed to do with it? My part of town is usually cleared at most an hour after the snow stops, I cant really complain about that. I don't expect the streets cleared the second the last flake falls. Besides, it is union work, gotta stretch it out as long as they can so that the OT will kick in. Maybe we could insist one GPS like Boston is doing so you can see where they are going. Some of these contractors will do private work while on the clock for towns. Wait and see how they do with tomorrow nights storm.
Andrea Morris January 20, 2014 at 08:43 PM
The town does not call out its sub contractors until accumulations on back roads reach 5" + or things start to get out of hand. They keep the contractors on the least amount of time as possible since they are paid hourly. That is why the plowing in Chelmsford is awful.
Dave Wakefield January 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM
In fairness, not all snow removal operators are created equal....there is a couple of our DPW guys who do great snow plowing work, especially those on the big DPW plow, who diligently work the cul-de-sac...they are very efficient. The "privates" in their pickups generally are the worst, showing little concern for how well the street is cleared.
Townie January 21, 2014 at 11:44 AM
They plowed our street late and then came every 10 min. scraping, hitting curbs and digging up lawns. Before they came, everyone was getting stuck on our hill because no one laid down any salt or sand. It was miserable and our curb stone is cracked and part of our lawn is dug up. Thought with the new DPW garage, it would be better. BTW - I also heard from the mother of a plow driver in town that Chelmsford is like a cash cow for them. Pretty awful!
Barbara Altman January 22, 2014 at 09:55 AM
I don't expect them to plow for this one, since they didn't complete plowing from the last one. They plowed in mid afternoon Saturday, but we got another 3 inches or so, which was not plowed, so driving in our neighborhood was challenging. Our major issue with the plows this year and last was that they only plow one lane through the intersections, and pile all the snow right at the intersection so you can't see oncoming traffic.
Maggie Desmond January 22, 2014 at 06:12 PM
Dave Wakefield, just a comment on what you said. "DPW guys who do great snow plowing work, especially those on the big DPW plow, who diligently work the cul-de-sac...they are very efficient" I agree, the big trucks do a great job...I just wish they came to my street...I live on a cul-de-sac and when it snows on my street, we only get a few small trucks that do a very sad job on our cul-de-sec as well as a very bad job on the street itself! I laugh every time I see a small plow drive up my street, they are useless in most storms, it takes them at least five or six runs to do sad job. Again, they love the cash cow named The Town of Chelmsford!!

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