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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  • by Tracy Location: Lansing on Feb 23, 2011 at 04:39 PM
    It is my understanding that City of Lansing employees were called to work in the afternoon on the 20th to get their snowplows ready and to be ready to work. Based on my opinion, "what it boils down to" is the City of Lansing was prepared and Ingham County which serves the larget area was unprepared. Good job Ingham County.
  • by Marie Location: Mason on Feb 23, 2011 at 02:35 PM
    Instead of plow the roads, ICRC road crews from one of the garages was sitting at a Board meeting for no real reason instead of out plowing the Roads. The City of Lansing crews worked the maximum hours they could to clear the roads. What happened ICRC?
  • by Me Location: Lansing on Feb 23, 2011 at 11:15 AM
    What it boils down to is...the City was already planning to take a day off because of President's day...and Virg didn't want to pay the employees overtime and holiday time.....
  • by Sam Location: Mason on Feb 23, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    The day after the storm the majority of one employees from one of the ICRC garages were let go early and were sitting in a Board meeting because of their interest in whether or not a former employee returning to the Road Commission instead of being out plowing the Roads. Mr. Conklin indicated the same day in an LSJ article that it would take several days to plow the roads. I believe employees can work up to 16 hrs. at a time. What gives! That's public service for ya!
  • by Sam Location: Mason on Feb 23, 2011 at 07:52 AM
    Instead of going out and continuing to put their efforts into plowing the next day. The majority of employees from one garage were let go early and were sitting in a Board meeting instead of out plowing the streets. The were sitting there despite the M.D.'s concerns expressed in a LSJ article that it would take several days to clear out the snow.
  • by Winter Location: East Lansing on Feb 23, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    WOW! How did you know how much we were getting non anonymous??? None of the weather reports til the very end predicted close to the amount. You must be better than good!
  • by Mary Anne Location: Jackson on Feb 23, 2011 at 12:20 AM
    We do not live in the city so we are not required to have our area cleared within a certain amount of time. We waited 24 hours for the county to clear us out before we started on our own drive because they only throw snow and ice back onto our land. We waited and waited. Finally it happened and they really did a good job. Then we could do ours.
  • by Chris Location: Williamston on Feb 22, 2011 at 08:27 PM
    Gaurd? WOW! Do you not have proof readers there before posting or even a spell checker? huh?
  • by Derf Location: Mason on Feb 22, 2011 at 07:00 PM
    Wondering what a "gaurd" is, exactly? Something you eat, or carve dunno
  • by non anonymous on Feb 22, 2011 at 06:09 PM
    I knew exactly how much we were getting, and its not even my job to know..... man organizations are messed up out there.
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