Heavy Snowfall Caught Road Crews Off Gaurd

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

The latest storm blew in about 9.5 inches of snow to the Lansing area.

"If we'd known how much this was going to be, it's possible we'd try to send some trucks home to have an even quicker response," said director Bil Conklin of the Ingham County Road Commission.

Unlike the last storm, the Ingham County Road Commission didn't have drivers take trucks home to prepare. It also couldn't have the full fleet out to clean-up.

"So we had a few less trucks out due to a half dozen trucks being repaired. Most of them broke down during this storm, a few were residual repairs from our last storm," said Conklin.

The City of Lansing also had a different game plan, setting out to manage the ice they expected, and never got.

"We wanted to make sure we had a handle on all the major streets while this projected ice was accumulating. It didn't, so we kind of waited, then deployed all of our vehicles," said Lansing's Public Services director Chad Gamble.

One resident went to the Lansing City Council frustrated with the slow response to plow his subdivision; and yet, the city expects the sidewalks cleaned in 24 hours.

"I don't think that its fair to place a responsibility and obligation on citizens that the city cannot meet themselves," said Darnell Oldham, a resident of Lansing.

The city has one crew out giving notices to people that haven't cleared the sidewalk. They tagged more than 36 properties Tuesday.

"We are just asking everyone to do their civic duty, do their 'neighborly' duty, and plow those sidewalks," said Gamble.

The residents that don't comply will be fined $116 for the city to do it for them.


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