Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Oh where,oh were did our snow plow go? Oh where, oh where can it be?

What a difference a boundary makes.

Pleasant Prairie's thoroughfares were in good winter driving condition -- at worst -- while the City of Kenosha's streets were, as usual, snow covered, slippery and in horrible shape.

After 15 minutes of driving I finally saw the city's snow plow -- with its blade up!

This is one of the few area where Mayor John Antaramian lays an egg. How dare the city seek more tax money from property owners when it can't properly use what it already collects.

Of course, why should the mayor care? He's a lame duck.

A mayor who should care, however, is Milwaukee's Tom Barrett.

By all accounts city plows and salters did a terrible job with last Saturday's storm -- and they had several days advance notice, including an accurate projection of when the storm would hit the city.

There was a time when these services were executed consistently well. No more.

Perhaps these politicians should venture south to Chicago and ask what happened to Michael Bilandic.


Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you for your post!

In the 18 years we've lived on Kenosha's southwest side, we have been consistently appalled by this city's complete inability to properly manage even small snowfalls.

Our friends & family in surrounding municipalities (both large and small) have joked for years about being able to tell when they hit the Kenosha city limits in the winter. We live only 2 blocks from Pleasant Prairie, and it is never easier to find that line than it is just after a snowfall.

Year after year, Kenoshans have to put up with substandard snow removal, as though the city never figured out how to operate a plow or use salt. Half the time when we finally see a plow in our neighborhood, it's driving by with its blade up. And salt? What's that?

We live on a corner, so we not only clear our driveway & sidewalks, but the cluster box, the sewer and the corner where the kids get on the school bus. Because the city doesn't plow anywhere near the curb, we have to shovel well into the street, and salt it at our own time & expense.

And what do we get in return from the city of Kenosha? We precariously drive around on snow-clogged icy ruts long after even the smallest streets in every other area municipality are down to clear, dry pavement. Our kids have to cross streets abandoned as solid snow & ice packs, which their school busses have to navigate day after day.

Sure Kenosha has plenty of streets to plow, but why won't they ever get out to the residential streets in the couple of days after a storm to plow the slush away so that it doesn't keep refreezing? Duh!

But you can bet that the city will be right there to ticket us if we don't clear our sidewalks in 24 hours, or if we violate the almighty alternate-side winter parking ordinance!

It's not just the residential streets. This city can't even clear its main roads well. Late this afternoon, there was still snow clogging the westbound lanes of Hwy 50 east of Green Bay Rd. Not surprisingly, the city also seems to be unable to clear its busier secondary streets. Hello, 60th Ave south of Hwy 50 that carries heavy truck traffic in & out of Ocean Spray? Late this afternoon, it was slippery and still heavily snow-clogged, especially approaching the curve crossing the railroad tracks.

Yet if we complain, the powers-that-be give us nothing but lame excuses, or look at us as though we are from Mars.

My husband & I are sick of it. We finally bought an all-wheel drive vehicle just to get around this stupid town. If someone would run for Kenosha mayor solely on an improved snow removal platform, that person would have my vote, regardless of where they stood on anything else.

Anonymous said...

Good thing you don't live in Kenowhere. Why would anyone even go there?