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Vernon Officials Release Preliminary Blizzard Report

Council members had requested details.

In response to inquiries presented by some Town Council members, Town Administrator John Ward and Public Works Director Robert Kleinhans have compiled a preliminary report regarding the blizzard that hit the area two weeks ago.

The storm dropped 30 inches of snow on Vernon.

Here are the details:

Staffing

The average hours worked from Feb. 9 to 15 by job classification were: Road foreman 101.33; equipment operators, 102.75; truck drivers, 102.97. 

Equipment 

During the storm, the town put into use 14 large trucks, six small trucks and one Holder sidewalk plow.

The garage was staffed with mechanics to handle breakdowns and service.

After the storm ended, the town put into use one loader with a Sno-go device, three loaders with buckets, two backhoes and Bobcat to clear accumulated snow. The equipment ran continuously Saturday until 7:30 p.m.; Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; from midnight until 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m to 3:30 p.m.  Snow was removed from Rockville High School,  Center 375, Rockville streets, bridges, Vernon neighborhoods, the Rockville business district, town building parking lots, and the Board of Education central administration building,

Methods

Due to "the historic volume of snow" and the long duration of the storm, crews attempted to keep roads open throughout the storm.

The first priority was to make sure a travel lane was available on all roads and begin melting using salt and the bright sun. DPW trucks deliver salt from the spinner on the driver’s side to the centerline area of the road. As it melts from the crown, the salt spreads down to the gutterline.

The second priority was to remove excess snow and widen roads. That was done by loading trucks with Sno-go attachments and/or using loaders. Crews worked double shifts for approximately one week until "the situation was largely under control."

At that point refuse and recycling pickups resumed and the snow removal labor pool was diminished, requiring snow removal work to be performed by available staff during normal hours, which has continued. Removed snow was hauled to Legion Field.

Sightlines and Bus Stops

Hazardous sightlines were "continuously resolved: starting on Saturday both from department observations and resident complaints. School bus routes were obtained on Monday and stops were checked and resolved as necessary for Wednesday's re-opening.

Edie Chernack February 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Relatively speaking, I think our DPW did a very good job considering how bad this last storm was. We had quite a few bad potholes in our road after all the snow was finally off the road and I came home yesterday to find them all filled. Thanks! Hope our town budget can cover the next two storms coming this week. So ready for winter to be over !!!
Mr C February 22, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I think the town did a good job clearing the roads... I am curious however about the cost issue. Assuming we have money in the budget to cover the snow removal expense what would happen to the surplus money had there been no storm? I would like to believe it would have gone directly to the the BOE budget that the Mayor slashed but even I'm not that naive...
John Dolle February 23, 2013 at 01:51 PM
The town's DPW was still working cleaning up streets as of Friday. There was equipment working in neighborhoods. Why the delay, the storm was 2 weeks ago?

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