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How Would You Rate Belmont’s Plowing During The Nor'easter?

Was Belmont's effort up to snuff in the snow and bitter cold?

Now that this winter’s first snowstorm is in the books, it’s time for you to rate how Belmont’s plows handled the more than half foot of snow that fell Thursday through Friday.

Feel free to give praise or thanks, express frustrations or offer up constructive criticism (don't even think about using ALL CAPS in your remarks) in the comments below.

WS January 04, 2014 at 07:31 AM
The plow drivers did a great job. This was a tough storm to deal with given the extremely cold temperatures that made salt less effective. Driving long hours in that kind of weather is very tiring. Belmont has very good Department of Public Works employees who rarely get the recognition they deserve.
Sandi January 04, 2014 at 08:57 AM
The plow drives did a great job on the streets. We live on a hill, on a corner, and the plows were going by frequently, all day and night. My only points of feedback are for the drives are (1) to watch their speed - there were serveral times I was out walking the dog and the drivers took the corners WAY too fast, making it quite unsettling for those on the sidewalks and (2) for the 'detail' crew- those who work to clear curbs near crosswalks - to be respectful of residents snow-clearing work. For example, a neighbor shoveled her sidewalk and a small path to the crosswalk - perfectly acceptable - only to have a small bulldozer push a whole mound of snow onto her sidewalk, I believe in an attempt to make the path to the crosswalk larger. In doing so, it completely blocked her sidewalk and erased her work. I understand that crews are trying to get as much done in a short period of time, but they have to remain courteous and work with residents and honor their work.
Doreen Le May Madden January 04, 2014 at 03:19 PM
the T stops along frontage road parallel to route 2 East from Park Ave to Pleasant Street are never plowed. This is a very dangerous for people who need to walk on the street and wait for the bus on the street with fast moving cars. I have called numerous times. Belmont points their finger to MA Highway and vice versa. What will it take to get these T stops plowed properly- a tragedy?
Guy Smiley January 04, 2014 at 08:19 PM
The did a good job. But when you consider what we pay in taxes, only fair.
Matt Sullivan January 05, 2014 at 01:16 AM
This is one time that I must say I didn't think a great job was done. Sorry! Just being honest.
Viking January 05, 2014 at 04:39 AM
We also live on a hill, at a corner, and the plowing was very well done. In the past, we have had problems with the "detail" crew at the corner, pushing snow up onto the sidewalk, and even into a perennial bed in our yard. I know it is hard for the drivers to see the road edge and they get tired, so for the past several years we have put red reflectors at the road edge on the corner, and that helps a lot (altho a couple of times children have bent them or pull them out). Now we have the wide wheel chair concrete at the corner, but we put the reflectors as close to the corner as possible.
Hubert Vale January 06, 2014 at 09:53 AM
Plowing on Flett Rd was good, but where was the road salt? If it hadn't warmed up on Sunday and Monday the street would still be covered with ice and snow. Same on Leslie Road and and Wilson Avenue.
APaschal January 06, 2014 at 02:03 PM
We pay more in taxes than surrounding towns, yet I find the roads in Watertown and Waltham (for example) plowed much better.
Lee Adams January 13, 2014 at 03:05 AM
The roads were plowed as typical. Nothing great. What I would like to see addressed is how the Town has neglected shoveling the public sidewalks all these years creating a so called safety concern. Selectman Jones brought up the Snow Removal Bylaw as the last action item at 11:30 PM in the Town Meeting when half of the Town Legislators had already left or were sleeping since there was no real debate. With dishonesty and deceit he pushed his Bylaw through with the guise of public safety. This is simply not true. Property Owners now required to shovel the public sidewalk abutting their property with threat of being fined if you don’t. They’re require to shovel the sidewalk to pavement at the width of 36 inches and treat for ice at their expense. The Town who rarely plows the sidewalks and does a poor job at best when it does is not held to the same accountability. The readers of this BelmontPatch should ask Franklin Tucker to post some of the pictures I’ve submitted to the Board of Selectmen showing how poorly the town plows its own sidewalks.
Waverly Watchdog January 19, 2014 at 01:59 PM
@ Lee Adams - You raise a number of good points. IMO, it is, indeed, the responsibility of the Town, not individual property owners to clear the snow. The Town seems to demand the RIGHTS to road and sidealk ownership when convenient, but shifts the responsibility when convenient. - - - For example there was a gardener on Bright Rd. (as I remember) that was harassed to remove his plants from the Town's sidewalk, yet the very same sidewalk must now be cleared of snow by that property owner. Who's sidewalk is it?? It CANNOT be both. - - - Furthermore, the sidewalks are often blocked from the road by a Town-plowed hedgerow. Is TM going to require that the property owners must clear the ROADS too? Ralph Jones will enjoy doing that, because there IS a road in front of his house. - - - As to the Town plowing sidewalks, that has been done in the past, but ONLY for SOME sidewalks. There is plenty of evidence visible... just look at the lawns that have been torn up by the careless Town plow operators. - - - As to the By-Law being brought up late at night, when many TMMs had already gone home, this is right out of the Harry Reid hanbook of dirty politics. And, make no mistake, the Moderator has the power to correct such abuses, but DIDN'T. This also points to the need for an electronic voting system, so EACH and EVERY TMM can be specifically held accountable for each and every vote. Allowing a TMM to sign-in, then leave at any time is unacceptable. At the VERY least, sign-in and sign-out of TM should be required, starting IMMEDIATELY.
Viking January 19, 2014 at 03:23 PM
It is outrageous that Ralph Jones pushed through his law even though he has no sidewalk in front of his house, and even though he scurrilously waited until 11:30 PM for the vote, when presumably his buddies had been told to linger while other TMMs gave up and went home. And why did he and those who voted for this law have no regard for seniors and handicapped and anyone else who simply cannot comply? Nor did they think to make any provision for maintaining a list of those to hire to shovel. As most of us have found out, this is not a job that anyone wants.Vague admonitions for neighbors to help neighbors are silly. Shoveling is heavy, hard and cold work. Most are not up for doing more than their own frontage. So now we are stuck with the Jones Law. Maybe a more insightful TM will dump it soon. The town used to plow the sidewalk in front of our house, on the premise that children had to walk to school, but as we told them repeatedly, our house was on the route for 0 children. Finally they checked the school enrollment and stopped the plowing. Town plowing of sidewalks is awful. We usually shoveled early, in the hope the plow would skip our walk. Instead, the plow came and pulled snow in from the sides, producing corrugated ice on the sidewalk that was extremely dangerous to walk on and slow to melt. The plow also chopped up the grass. If the town isn't plowing your sidewalk, you are lucky.

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