SO, it snowed last Thursday. The storm was over by 6 am Friday morning. And yet, no plow or salt truck came down my street for another 27 hours, and I live on a main thoroughfare. What was up with that?
I'd read on Facebook that our town government was closed Friday, but I assumed that meant non-essential personnel. The day after a blizzard, plow and salt truck drivers are NOT non-essential. I wondered if they simply forgot my street, but when a friend picked me up on Saturday night, I saw that the only completely cleared streets were PennDOT jurisdiction. Our main roads, like Fornance and Sterigere, were still slushy and icy, and our smaller streets--Astor and Logan, for instance-- were completely snowcovered. Surrounding communities, as far away as Malvern, were clear.
So who made the decision to wait a day? If you've lived in this climate more than a year or two, you learn that the longer you let snow lay, the harder it is to remove. Anything over about 4 inches, the bottom inch or so always turns to ice. Was this a matter of our new borough manager from Georgia not understanding that this wasn't even a deep snow by our standards? We don't shut down our town for 7 inches. Are we simply being stingy with the 2014 budget? Whatever the reason, I hope N-town does a better job next storm.
Okay, rant over. On the schedule for tonight is our first Council meeting of the year--Monday, instead of their usual Tuesday, and at 7 pm instead.of their usual 7:30 pm. TWO agendas were on the town website, and were posted over the weekend! I hope this new trend toward timeliness continues.
After the officers are installed, the agenda says that the Council
President will name committee chairs and vice chairs (which to me
implies that the old council members have already picked who is going to
be president before the new members are installed--unless everyone
comes prepared to appoint chairs, even new members?).
the appointments are made for the coming year -- no big surprises. The
only difference is the Finance Director. Apparently Mr. Zawisza is never
coming back. No explanation. Rochelle Rawlins wil be installed as
Interim Finance Director.
The 2nd agenda is for the 1st actual
meeting of the new council, following the installations. The only things
on it are a motion to approve disbursements, which are listed as
"pending," and a motion to approve a resolution dealing with handicapped
So another council year begins. Play ball.