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Mayor Thanks DPW, Parks and Rec Crews for Blizzard Performance

A ceremony took place at Tuesday's Town Council meeting.

Mayor George Apel on Tuesday publicly thanked workers from the Department of Public Works and the Parks and Recreation Department for their efforts during the recent blizzard.

Apel said most of the town's 110 miles of roadways were made passable in less than 48 hours by DPW crews.

"It wasn't a job well done," Apel said, "It was a fantastic job."

Apel added that folks from other towns frequently comment after storms that  "they know when they are in Vernon" because of the condition of the roads.

Apel said that the Parks and Recreation staff took on the task of public venues and school parking lots and cleared them in a timely fashion.

"Another fantastic job," Apel said.

Apel read citations for each department and they were followed by applause from those at Tuesday's Town Council meeting.

"My mother is 85 and lives in Manchester. On Monday she still did not have a plow on her street," Deputy Mayor Brian Motola said. "For me, it was like a regular snow day. I just went to work."

Jane Doe February 21, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Thought this was one of the worst jobs they did with the plowing. Street was a mess, only 1 car allowed down the street, snow wasn't to the curbs. Very sloppy and messy job. However, truly wonder if its the drivers fault or problems from management that made them "cut corners"
John Dolle February 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM
I agree with you Jane. As late as this past weekend many streets are still one lane, even after a week of snow melting temperatures. It does not look like much attention was given to numerous streets after the snow was initially cleaned from the streets post storm. That would place it into the lap of managements for lack of follow up. Maybe the mayor needs to drive around town during daylight.
Jane Doe February 21, 2013 at 06:24 PM
I think management IS the problem. Workers want more, and know that they are doing less than good jobs, but they are only able to do what management hands down to them. A whole new management team needs to be put in place at DPW and ones that are not management need to stop running the show. Workers are seriously being screwed. Suck ups are running the place, and the non-suck ups are being screwed.
Vernon Taxpayer February 21, 2013 at 07:50 PM
WOW!!! Looks like you think you got the short end of the stick. How are you getting screwed??
Paul Stansel February 21, 2013 at 08:29 PM
I would like to know if the town is ever going to fine/do something about those that don't clear their sidewalks. It's the law, and 2 weeks later tons of sidewalks are impassible. Have to go out on to the street all the time, which combined with the fact that many of the streets weren't plowed back to the curb means you are way out there. Merline for example was really bad the other day :( I get that it is a pain but its part of being a homeowner.

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