How Would You Grade Woonsocket’s Snow Plowing This Winter?

Give your praise, voice your concern and let the town know what you think about snow plowing this winter.

The past three weeks have seen one snowstorm after another barrel up the east coast and dump more snow onto the area.

Plowing snow is often a thankless job. There is rarely praise, but there are few things that raise a person’s ire more than snow-covered streets days after a snowstorm has passed.

With us now deep into February and after three weeks of snowstorms, we want to know: How would you rate Woonsocket’s snow removal this winter?

Let us know in the comments section below. Give your praise, voice your concern and let the town know what you think about snow plowing this winter

Jay February 19, 2014 at 08:50 PM
I thank the city for trying, but it's obvious we don't have the needed resources to get the job done. I drive to central mass to work and soon as I pass through Bellingham, I see a notable difference on the roads. It doesn't seem like we have the right tools to get the job done. Grade C-
Imported Rocket February 19, 2014 at 09:07 PM
Using part of Jays argument I give these city workers an A+. No major accidents that we have heard of. Most main roads are down to the pavement. All roads are passable. And all this with ancient trucks and minimal material. Great job DPW
Wendy Jeter February 19, 2014 at 09:44 PM
I think they've done so much better this season. I work in MA and recall the first storm, Woonsocket streets were in much better condition than those towns' around us.
Stephen Weber February 20, 2014 at 05:57 AM
The plows :I'll give a a "B" The mayor and administration: I'll give an " F" Like the last wimp of a mayor , This new mayor is not enforcing the sidewalk ordinances... Pedestrians killed or maimed while walking in traffic are seen to be acceptable collateral damages of Winter by all our good for nothing mayors...
Jay February 20, 2014 at 07:09 AM
@Stephen- Residents need to step up and shovel their sidewalks. If you are a property owner, get out there and get it done. Have some pride in your neighborhood. Too many people walking in the street because they have no choice.
Artie February 20, 2014 at 07:18 AM
I think the city plows did a great job, But some of the contractors the city uses don't belong on the road (Fairmont District) for one, and I have one request , that the plows could get to the curbs especially near businesses that need street parking for customers Thank you !!
Woony the Pooh February 20, 2014 at 08:22 AM
@Stephen - You are the exact type of Woonsocket resident that has a negative outlook. The new mayor and administration have been in office a mere 2.5 months! They walked into millions of debt and you are criticizing about sidewalks?! Come on. Should Mayor Baldelli-Hunt shovel after her 9 hour work days. The previous administration had $0 in 4 years of budgets for new city equipment. Not ONE piece of equipment has been purchased in 10 years... Plowers: A Streets: B+
Melissa February 20, 2014 at 08:27 AM
I have lived in this city most of my life. I have also owned my own home for 18 yrs here as well. Over those years, it has been made clear that the sidewalks do not belong to anyone but the city. Why should my husband & I come home after working 8,9 or 10 hour days & shovel? We pay our taxes on what we own. We do not own the sidewalks.. Sorry!!
Meesh February 20, 2014 at 08:52 AM
The plow drivers need to get closer to the curbs. Streets are way too narrow. Other than that, not a bad job considering the equipment.
Darlene Trudeau February 20, 2014 at 09:01 AM
I am "lucky". I live on a street that the city workers frequent. I do, however, have a complaint. When driving in my area, they GO WAY TOO FAST. Remember guys/gals... speed limit is 25 mph in my area. Law enforcement ALSO goes too fast for no apparent reason on my street. Drives me nuts! In addition, I would like to add that MAIN STREET SIDEWALKS need to be CLEARED. I noticed that in front of City Hall.. perfectly cleaned sidewalks, but along the rest of the street I see people in wheeled chairs and or the elderly walking in the STREET because the side walks are FULL of snow.
Stephen Weber February 20, 2014 at 09:12 AM
@ Woony the Pooh... The mayor and you should take you families for a short walk between the two plazas on Diamond Hill Road...I dare ya!!!!! Once you take that walk you'll you'll change your tune real quick about the importance of a mayor enforcing the laws and sidewalk ordinances she and the last pathetic excuse for a mayor swore an oath to uphold....
Woony the Pooh February 20, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Stephen - If you were mayor what would you do? Should we hire more city workers? What do you think the solution be? Is it a matter of people not doing their jobs? Not listening to orders? I personally wouldn't know how to even handle that situation out of all our problems. Curious to your response. Thanks
Stephen Weber February 20, 2014 at 09:50 AM
Woony ... That's easy : I would direct the public safety director to direct the police to cite with maximum fine assessed, maybe 10 or 20 violators a day of our sidewalk ordinances when they have time... Word travels around this city real quick as I'm sure you know... I guarantee once a few businesses and people get cited everyone will spread the word like wild fire and start clearing their sidewalks as they should or giving a neighborhood teen ten bucks to do so... Pedestrians would all be safe and out more shopping etc... ...The city would also look better... I do my sidewalks and I rent !!!! Everyone else should too!!!! THE LAWS SHOULD BE ENFORCED... I know the last pathetic excuse for a mayor was too much of a wimp to enforce the law but I voted for the new mayor thinking she would be tougher.... Time will tell I guess...
Keep Smiling February 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Stephen . I shoveled when I was young and shoveled when I was older. My children also shoveled. Now, at 75 years old I pay a teenager to clean the snow from my car and shovel around it. I no longer own a home. But I have to agree that business owners on Main St. Should be Shoveling their walks or pay a teen to do it. Maybe a notice to the businesses to remind them that they will be fined will do the trick.
richard February 20, 2014 at 01:49 PM
Good job considering the equipment we have. City and/or police should enforce sidewalk clearing ordinance.
jack February 20, 2014 at 02:49 PM
Stephen, I do not own the sidewalk or street in front of my property. That is why I pay very high property taxes so it can be cleared for me.
Woony the Pooh February 20, 2014 at 03:03 PM
Jack - Not sure how much schooling you got but it isn't the city's obligation to clear the sidewalks. There is an ordinance which states that home and business owners must shovel the sidewalks that abut their property. I'm laughing as I type this when I read your comment "so it can be cleared for me". Get off the couch and go shovel your own sidewalk. This is the problem with Woonsocket - too many bottom feeders. Always expect everything to be handed to them.
Stephen Weber February 20, 2014 at 03:20 PM
Back in the 80's when I got my first apartment in Woonsocket, EVERYONE did their sidewalks .EVERYONE!!!!!!... I use to make some real good extra money going around shoveling walkways, driveways, and sidewalks for people... All the sidewalks were always done... You could walk anywhere in the city without risking your life walking in the street like so many are today ... Today I guess people are to lazy or drugged up or drunk to do it..I dunno .. Some of you people sound like you would rather have someone die in front of your house than spend 5 or 10 extra minutes shoveling the sidewalk too after your driveway or walkway ... Sidewalks are the home / business owners responsibility as outlined in the city ordinances... It's the mayors responsibility as chief executive to fine these people / lawbreakers good if they don't want to follow the law and keep the sidewalks in front of thier property clear so nobody is killed or crippled...
jack February 20, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Just for the record I clear the sidewalk in front of my property,however I believe it is the responsibility of the City since I do not own the sidewalk. Suppose you clear the sidewalk in front of your property and it iced over at night and someone slips and falls. Who is responsible?
Woony the Pooh February 20, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Jack - You are liable if someone slips and falls on your sidewalk not Woonsocket. Feel free to go slip and fall outside city hall because THEN you have a valid point for once. Regardless of what you 'believe' reality is that every business owner and home owner has to shovel. Period. This is such a childish subject to bicker over. We all agree that there are bigger problems. If everyone chips in and works together as one then this community will certainly prosper.
jack February 20, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Woony, where did you get your law degree? I agree there are bigger problems than shoveling sidewalks. Woonsocket the highest property tax rate in the State.
Stephen Weber February 20, 2014 at 04:33 PM
From the Woonsocket Municipal code : Sec. 16-19. Snow on sidewalks. No owner or tenant of an estate, or any person having the care of any building or lot of land abutting on any sidewalk situated within the limits of the city, shall place or suffer to remain for more than four (4) hours between sunrise and sunset, any snow upon such sidewalk. The provisions of this section shall apply to the falling of snow from any building. (Rev. Ords. 1928, Ch. 40, Sec. 42) and : Sec. 16-21. Ice on sidewalks. No owner or tenant of an estate, or any person having the care of any building or lot of land abutting on any sidewalk situated within the limits of the city, shall suffer to remain for more than two (2) hours between sunrise and sunset, any ice upon such sidewalk, unless such ice is made even and covered with sand or some suitable substance to prevent slipping. (Rev. Ords. 1928, Ch. 40, Sec. 43)
Art Sylvestre February 21, 2014 at 07:53 AM
I do not have a sidewalk abutting my land. Do I still have to clear the dirt sidewalk?
jack February 21, 2014 at 08:35 AM
Stephen, the ordinance has so many flaws that attorneys would have a field day with it.
Stephen Weber February 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Jack...... I didn't write the law / ordinance ....1928 is LOOOOOOOOONG before I was even born... It's the law though!!!! The mayor swore an oath to enforce it and it's the city councils job to fine tune it .....
Jo February 21, 2014 at 12:50 PM
I have a small lane across from my house and the city plows the snow onto my sidewalk, there is no way I am going to shovel all of that.


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