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Residents, speak up for snow removal

2011-12-02T00:00:00Z 2011-12-02T08:20:27Z Residents, speak up for snow removal The Billings Gazette
December 02, 2011 12:00 am

Recently, through contact with the Public Works Administration, the question of why residential streets are not plowed for snow was answered. Earlier this year, the City Council held public community discussions at three locations within the city.

We had been out of town two months, and we knew nothing about those discussions. The City Council on its own decided not to plow streets. I got stuck on our street at least four times last winter. Are we expected to buy four-wheel-drive vehicles like the Police Department? Their patrol cars could not navigate some streets, so they bought several trucks. The ruts were so deep, you couldn't make the turn into our driveway. We've lived in three snowy states and have never been deprived of residential plowing until we moved here.

The information that was gathered indicated residential streets would be plowed for four inches of snow. The average homeowner would pay $7.74 more a year in maintenance fees. It seems this is a no-brainer!

Residents, get your letters into the City Council, so we can have our streets passable and safer — with fewer accidents.

Carla Holter

Billings

 

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