Somerville Speakup Line: Somerville’s Saturday Snow Emergecy Simply Put Poor Management

Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,

Simply put poor management. An evaluation of each news stations prediction of the forecast, track, timing and temperature after would have enabled someone to make a more logical decision.

We do not need knee jerk reactions just some common sense along with patience. Its a Saturday morning snow day no kids going to school and the parents are home. A possibility of a few inches snow is not the end of the world, even the safety conscious bicyclist were out riding in it.

Instead an 8:00 pm snow emergency is declared. City employees and contractors waiting to treat or plow our roads hours before it even starts. Traffic control officers begin tagging at midnight writing hundreds of 100.00 tickets that will be dismissed if you appeal it.

This is the second time this season that this same exact situation occurred but it did not snow and the tickets were not dismissed.

I would like to think that our City Councillors would address this at the next meeting and during the budget hearings. The money being wasted could very well go toward traffic calming, road repairs, and other important items that lack adequate finances.


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