“It’s an accident of nature,” remarked Member Jim Ton, R-1st. “No one is
running down mailboxes.”
Garbage Pickup After the Snow
Meanwhile, some folks have been “disconcerted”Ñto use Ton’s wordÑto find
that Able Disposal didn’t collect their refuse and recycling last week, in
the day’s after the storm.
That wasn’t because the Street Department hadn’t plowed the streets or
cleared the alleys. In fact, as of Monday night, Jan. 6, all public
rights-of-way in the town had been made passable. Rather, it was simply
because the snow slowed everything down and the bitter temperatures were
playing havoc with the garbage trucks’ hydraulics, Schnadenberg said.
Able will be collecting all garbage this week, whatever’s inside the
can and whatever’s outside. “Everything that’s been accumulated, they will
pick up,” Ton promised. “It sounds like (Able is) trying to make an effort
to make it right.”
Schnadenberg, however, drew the line on reimbursements, which some residents
have requested. “I explained to them that this is a rare occurrence,” he
Praise for the Street Department
Member Nick Walding, R-3rd, did take a moment to extend his gratitude to the
Street Department’s plow crews for taking the battle to Mother Nature. He
also noted that their success is a “testament” to the council’s investment
in good equipment. “The plows were out on the roads during the storm, not in
the shop getting repaired,” he said.
Schnadenberg, for his part, gave credit where credit is due, not only to his
own plow drivers but to those from the other departments. “Over the last 10
years every truck the town has bought has come with a plow,” he said.
“Before that we had to hire contractors after heavy snows. Now we’re able to
do it all in-house.”
Schnadenberg also attributed the Street Department’s rapid response during
the storm to three things: having a good snow plan in the first place;
having “dedicated employees”; and having “reliable equipment.”