How Would You Rate Reading's Plowing During the Blizzard of 2013?

Are you satisfied or frustrated with how the town handled the area’s 5th largest snowstorm in history? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Now that the snow has fallen, and started to melt, it’s your time to rate how the town’s plows handled the more than two feet of snow that fell Friday and Saturday.

Feel free to give praise or thanks, express frustrations or offer up constructive criticism in the comments below, and keep in mind, the blizzard was the 5th largest snowstorm in New England history.

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Hammertime February 12, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Horrible, the town did not want to pay double time to the DPW workers on Sunday as they had to pay OT already and we all suffered, Not to mention what happen to the sidewalks for the children walking, many are still not done?
Lucky Me February 12, 2013 at 08:50 PM
How would I rate Reading's cleanup of the 2013 blizzard? Abysmal! This town should be ashamed of itself! Every street corner is an accident waiting to happen and many, if not most, of the sidewalks are trecherous. How about we scrap the $12M library project and give the DPW and its contractors some basic lessons in storm cleanup!
Tom Jeffords February 12, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Spoken like someone who was expecting to get double-time OT, and didn't.
Hammertime February 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Sorry Tom, dont work for the town or DPW. Driving around locally noticed Woburn had DPW crews out getting main roads clear to the pavement as did several other local towns. Streets were a mess including Lowell St./129. Comparable to other local towns it looked like we could have done better, Street corners and sidewalks still not cleared as of today really!!!
Tom Stakem February 13, 2013 at 01:44 AM
in a word, pathetic. absolutely no priority given to the side streets.
Dennis February 13, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Worst in 26 years we've been in Town. Compounded by a congratulations letter from the Town Manager on the "excellent job" by the DPW. Huh?????
Dennis February 13, 2013 at 02:19 AM
From an earlier story on Patch..... The following was submitted by Town Manager Peter I. Hechenbleikner: Reading received 24 +/- inches of snow in the blizzard of 2013. All roads are passable thanks to the excellent work of our DPW employees and contractors, who worked over 36 hours straight to keep the Town of Reading operational. The driving ban and on street parking ban helped to facilitate the storm response, and we appreciate residents continued cooperation as we continue to address the impact of this storm.. While all roads are passable, most are still snow packed, and they are very narrow. Most sidewalks are not yet cleared. Motorists and pedestrians need to use extreme caution. Remember, it is a violation of Town bylaw to place snow on a Town Street or sidewalk.
Rob February 13, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Barely passible in some places still! Any chance they could finish plowing rt 28 soon, still not 2 lanes wide 80% of the length through town.
Ron Powell February 13, 2013 at 03:43 AM
I've lived in Reading for 12 years now, and I don't recall the roads being an issue after a major snow storm until this year. It's happened twice now: the December 28/29 snow storm, and this one. Both started on a Friday and ended on Saturday morning. The Town also uses contractors.
JeffW February 13, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Street and sidewalk cleanup has been a major disappointment so far. I think the Town Manager owes us another update explaining why sidewalks that the town is supposed to clear (e.g. Middlesex and Woburn) are still covered with snow. Those are major routes for people walking to and from the commuter rail and the library. Visibility at intersections all over town is also heavily impeded by giant mounds of snow, creating a danger to drivers and pedestrians. Mr. Hechenbleikner, we need some stronger leadership on this issue - more snow is coming on Thursday.
Dennis February 13, 2013 at 04:45 AM
The Town Manager is skating through this and the Reading Patch will not ask the tough questions. Divine intervention will eventually clear the snow, and the Town Manager will probably get one more raise to bump up the pension. Thanks for the Journalism Patch.
JMDuff February 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM
On a 1-10 scale maybe a 4(I'm being generous)when compared to neighboring towns.
Mr White February 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Don't Forget To Vote!!
Terrible Roads February 13, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Absolutely awful when compared to roads in other towns.
DHS019 February 13, 2013 at 12:54 PM
As a contractor out plowing my own customers i found the roads horrible, many blocked or unplowed throughout the storm. Being a lifelong Reading resident I dont remember having ever seeing the roads so bad. Thinking it was budgetary concern...but one heck of a storm!
Nancy Powell February 13, 2013 at 01:12 PM
The primary roads were OK, passable, but the secondary rooads were and are horrendous!! Larch Lane needed to be plowed once more but they never came. If I did not have all-wheel drive, I would be in big trouble!!
Bill February 13, 2013 at 01:35 PM
I think the general opinion is based on the fact that with the Travel Ban in place for 24 hours, and the storm falling on a FRI/SAT, that the reasonable expectation would be that the conditions would be far better than the result. It is apparent that all the precautions/warnings/notices/Reading Parking ban did NOTHING to improve snow removal process. The town manager blames it on the sub contractors, like Menino, which is a lame excuse. He blames RT129 conditions on residents throwing snow back into the road, yet did nothing. This is a violation of town bylaws and the police should have been instructed to hand out hefty tickets to offenders...I bet it wouldn't happen again! RT28 is a state road with the exception of Reading Sq area - so what are we doing to demand that state assets are deployed to resolve these very dangerous traffic conditions that exist and the narrow roadways that were created and left by them. Are we waiting for a major accident to occur as a result. As for the Town subcontractors...we contract them , we pay for them, we manage them. By blaming the subcontractors (faulty equipment, DPW assistance required, or otherwise), you are admitting that you failed in your responsibility to manage all three phases. You have contracts that apparently do not include language or anything punitive built in for non performance, hence, we should not be paying these subs for poor performance, and you failed to adequately manage them during a critical time.
Bill February 13, 2013 at 01:36 PM
PAGE 2 All of the schools were POORLY and INSUFFICIENTLY prepared for Tuesday morning! The safety of all our children are compromised because of the lack of attention. Draw the similarities to a private business or corporation and that individual(s) would be fired. The bigger problem is we have no way to fire public employees for not doing the job they were hired to do. There are some minimally acceptable performance expectations, and I think a snow storm certainly qualifies.
Jeanne Crawford February 13, 2013 at 02:31 PM
I've lived in Reading for almost 40 yrs & every year for the last 5 yrs the plowing & snow clearing has worsened each year! This storm the roads were horrible & I live on Lowell St/Rt129 and that wasn't plowed down to bare ground up until Monday. It is Wed. & they still haven't plowed the sidewalk! The school children are walking in the streets. Shameful...
Dennis February 13, 2013 at 02:43 PM
How about a followup with the Town Manager from Reading Patch???? Nothing negative in the Reading Times Chronicle either.....Crack Journalism at it's best.
Ron Powell February 13, 2013 at 04:35 PM
The level and quality of service really was pretty good when we moved here 12 years ago -- and even during the winter of 2011, it was pretty adequate. There have been two storms this winter that have dumped more than six inches, and the response has been inadequate for both. Both storms were Friday afternoon-into-Saturday-morning storm events. In both cases, primary roads were left barely passable through Sunday, and many secondary roads were not safe for driving. The system is failing, and I recommend that the Board of Selectmen establish an independent advisory committee (in accordance of Section 4-10 of the Town Charter) for the purposes of investigating why this was the case, and making recommendations for improving the process.
Ron Powell February 13, 2013 at 06:57 PM
"Heckuva job, Brownie."
Patrick Colbert February 13, 2013 at 07:40 PM
I left reading on Saturday morning to go to Boston and Brookline to manage snow removal crews and the main roads in Reading Saturday morning was better than both Boston and Brookline and again On Sunday better than both and side the side streets, as well as sidewalks on 129 - Fantastic Job by the crews given the amount of snow and severity of storm - Job Well Done from areas I saw. I am sure certain side streets were better than others - but side streets were being done in alot of other towns on Sunday and Monday that were impassable, also keep in mind how many driveways get plowed that add to those corner piles and sidewalks - It was a blizzard, there are limits to what can be done in x amount of hours and lets not forget the snow removal crews contending with residents with suvs and all wheel drive that did not have a valid reason that were driving around getting in the way of the snow removal crews and packing down snow on roadways during the driving ban which was until 4:00pm Saturday. I am not a union rep,member,town employee, or contracted snow plow vendor for any town or city. I am sure there were streets that needed attention and from reading the emails sidewalks, but from what i saw first hand Reading was not perfect but better than others with alot more resources. The best use of everyiones time is for the town staff and residents to work together constructively to identify the problems and address them together. Its not a us vs them situation.
Fred Willard February 13, 2013 at 08:12 PM
we got ripped off again...
Fred Willard February 13, 2013 at 08:12 PM
keep drinking the Kool Aid....i personally like raspberry flavored...
Ron Powell February 14, 2013 at 01:14 AM
No one is holding the Town of Reading accountable for how the roads looked on Saturday morning. It's what happened Saturday afternoon and evening that people are indignant about, and I would argue rightly so. I was on the road from about 4:30 pm onward Saturday. I was just about the only driver on the road aside from removal crews and police vehicles. Prior to that, I did not observe anyone on the roads. I don't believe that residents driving on the road was a factor at all. During a three hour period, I observed several plows traveling with plows up. I observed a police vehicle pass by the intersection of Main and Summer no less than six times without a single plow making a pass. On Saturday night, the roads were in about the same condition in Wakefield and Reading. By midnight, most of the main roads in Wakefield were cleared while those in Reading still were not.
Rob February 17, 2013 at 04:39 PM
They apparently didn't learn anything last week - almost noon on Sunday and they still have not plowed, almost died trying to go to church!


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