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February 8, 2010
I keep reading feel-good human interest stories in The Sun but don't see any comment on the disgraceful lack of snow removal in Baltimore City. I was completely locked into my Roland Park neighborhood and was lucky enough to hoof it to Guilford, where private snow removal enabled a colleague to get out and drive me to work. When I arrived, I learned from coworkers that their drive was fine until they hit city limits, after which the streets were disasterous. In three days, I have yet to see a plow.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
For Rick Farrell, all this winter's snow and ice have meant about $1 million in contract work with the city of Baltimore — the welcome return on an investment inspired by 2010's "Snowmaggedon. " Farrell, of Ellicott City, incorporated his commercial power-washing business, Columbia-based Corporate Maintenance Group, in 2004, focusing on shopping centers and parking garages and eventually providing sweeping and other services for the same facilities. Then the "hellacious back-to-back snow storms" of 2010 hit, and the company took a chance, he said — renting every plow and salt-spreader it could get its hands on, installing them on its trucks and picking up work.
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NEWS
February 15, 2010
I read and hear all the stories about snow removal in the city and how they think Baltimore County does a much better job of clearing the streets. How about the sidewalks for pedestrians? If you walk, you're out of luck. Even if you are a student trying to walk to the school in our neighborhood! The county isn't all that great! You won't believe what they did to us! This past Saturday, construction equipment started working in our neighborhood to push the snow out of the street onto the sidewalks.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
The recent article highlighting issues with snow removal struck a chord with me ( "Plenty of snow this winter brings plenty of fines, too," Feb. 26). I live in a neighborhood where everything I need is within a seven block walk of my house. This includes work, shopping and socialization. I've spent a frustrating winter slipping and sliding on icy sidewalks left for me by neighbors and businesses alike. I fully side with the time limit for removing snow. If a person waits too long, the snow becomes trampled and turns to ice. I was very aggressive about reporting scofflaws this winter.
NEWS
February 13, 2010
Opinions on how good a job state and local officials did in clearing this week's snowstorms varied widely, with some praising the efforts and others calling them nearly criminal. Here's a sampling of reader reactions from The Sun editorial board's blog. Read more and share your thoughts at baltimoresun.com/secondopinion. In this event, I cannot fault any local or state government for any failure for snow removal. We are not equipped with the proper machinery for this type of event.
NEWS
February 9, 2010
Baltimore city dropped the ball for its citizens. If this is any indication of disaster preparedness, our city is done for. Please find out who is responsible for the abysmall snow removal in Baltimore City because that someone needs a new job. Kelley Geiger, Baltimore Send your comments to talkback@baltimoresun.com.
NEWS
February 11, 2010
Regarding the "Be Realistic About Snow Removal" editorial (Feb. 11), I couldn't agree more. I grew up in Michigan, and getting hit by back to back storms of this size would present a problem even up there. Granted, it would have been handled better, but they are equipped for it, and the people know what it takes to get through it. This is the snowiest winter on record in Maryland, and the state is not equipped to handle snow of this magnitude, nor should it be. It would be a huge waste of money to purchase and maintain equipment that could handle this when this kind of winter comes around only once in a lifetime.
NEWS
February 23, 2010
As a Baltimore resident, I want to thank our officials for doing a commendable job at getting our city moving again. Although I know there are many that would disagree with me, I feel they have not looked at the whole picture. The major roadways were opened as soon as possible. As I traveled from Canton to Lutherville each day, I observed the slow but steady improvement. The city did all it could with the resources it had. Perhaps all those individuals who were riding around with plows on their trucks making money by the minute privately could have taken the example of Max Furman of Max's on Broadway.
NEWS
February 9, 2010
I live in the city (zip code 21206). My neighborhood is completely blocked in with no sign of help. Many of my neighbors and myself are unable to get to work. Our roads have not been plowed. We have many elderly residents that family members can't get to because of the roads. The county roads look great compared to the city. What's going on?!? I am originally from Boston and have seen my fair share of storms. The mayor needs to contact them because they know how to plan and execute snow removal.
NEWS
February 10, 2010
I live in Baltimore County, and the snow removal has been pretty good, but when I took my mother back to her house Tuesday, the snow removal at the city line was ridiculous. On Belair Road at Northern Parkway the road went from two lanes in the county to one lane in the city. My mother's block, the 4500 block of Parkwood Avenue, had yet to be plowed, and the people actually shoveled the street,, as in many neighborhoods, which allowed me to get to her house and out again. The area she lives in is a valley so any way out is up a hill.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2014
After running over budget for snow removal, city officials on Wednesday plan to award $3.6 million in additional work to snow-plow contractors. The Board of Estimates is expected to approve a flurry of contract extensions, for which the city did not solicit additional bids. Lorenz Lawn & Landscape will receive the lion's share of the work with a $2 million contract extension, while Corporate Maintenance Group is receiving a $1 million extension. Other firms, including P&J Contracting, American Heritage Excavating and Manuel Landscaping, will receive $100,000 extensions.
NEWS
February 18, 2014
Congratulations and thanks to the city of Baltimore for a superb job in snow removal from the majority of the streets, done efficiently as far I can tell. There is always room for improvement, especially insofar as sidewalks and crosswalks are concerned. As a result of deep snow banks left on the sidewalks and crosswalks by the snow ploughs, walking in parts of the city can be very challenging besides being dangerous. As good citizens, the businesses and residents do great job in a conscientious manner.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
A few more inches of snow were forecast to accumulate by midday Saturday, further straining government snow-removal budgets and setting back efforts to clean up from the region's heaviest snowfall in four years. The forecast portends a third winter pelting of the region in a few days' time, and it was met Friday with frustration. Residents said they were tired of digging out more than once, after Thursday's successive snowfalls. The cleanup was a daunting task for many, like Stu Haley and his neighbors on Gittings Avenue in North Baltimore's Cedarcroft neighborhood.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
Many jurisdictions across the Baltimore region have exhausted their snow removal budgets for the fiscal year, even as the metro braces for yet another storm. Thursday's snow storm dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of the region, and the National Weather Service is forecasting additional accumulations of up to several inches by midday Saturday. While local governments are still tabulating costs of the most recent snowfall, many are turning to reserve funds to cover the impact.
NEWS
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 28, 2013
Enough snow fell around Harford County during Monday's last gasp of winter storm to force the county to spend more than $100,000 on snow removal efforts. According to figures released by the county Wednesday, 135 personnel worked the storm from approximately 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. Monday. In addition, 60 personnel reported for duty at 4 a.m. Tuesday to begin salting the roads for the morning commute, county government spokesman Bob Thomas wrote in an e-mail Wednesday. Thomas said 130 pieces of equipment were used the duration of the storm coverage and 405 tons of salt were spread over the course of the two days.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, Jonathan Pitts and Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
With a winter storm watch in effect and the possibility of several inches of snow Tuesday into Wednesday in Central Maryland, officials at Baltimore Gas and Electric have put out a call for up to 500 out-of-state utility workers to be prepared to help in the aftermath of the storm. BGE officials said they are preparing for a storm that "will likely bring heavy, wet snow and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour across the majority of its Central Maryland service area. " The utility warned customers to prepare for possible outages Wednesday and Thursday.
NEWS
February 10, 2010
Once again, we see evidence of the wide disparity between what American people expect their government to do for them and what they're prepared to pay for it. It is political suicide for a politician to even suggest a tax increase, and yet we all end up paying more in the long run because we refuse to pay for things up front. It's not the supposed snow plow masters in Boston that we really need to take a look at for how to manage a happy and healthy society ("Baltimore needs to get some advice on snow removal," Readers respond, Feb. 9)
NEWS
January 28, 2011
As a long-time Baltimore City resident, I have continually vowed to write this letter to the editor in reference to the performance of snow removal services by our city government. First and foremost, I must commend the effort of the city to keep everyone as accessible as possible. I know this is a difficult task for everyone involved. However, it appears from an outsider's perspective that the process that transpires year after year has no plan or project management in place. As a northeast city resident who lives six blocks from the Baltimore County line, it amazes me year after year the difference between the job performances of the city compared to the county.
EXPLORE
February 21, 2012
Winter certainly isn't over, and these parts have seen some pretty impressive winter storms in March, and on occasion in April, even as the National Weather Service forecast indicates it'll be at least March before low temperatures are solidly below freezing — if a cold snap ever materializes. At the risk of tempting fate, it looks like the money set aside for snow removal by Harford County and its three municipalities will not all be needed. Even if there is a big snow storm before the end of the season, the cost of dealing with the effects of winter weather on local roadways isn't likely to be comparable to what has been the case in the previous few winters Such is the weather in these parts.
NEWS
By Candus Thomson | January 20, 2012
The Baltimore Sun As state and local highway crews braced for the first storm of the new year, they took comfort in the fact that their budgets have plenty of money to handle it — and more. Mild weather has kept the region's plows idle, salt sheds virtually untouched and ledgers in the black, public works officials say. If the trend continues, leftover money would be used to offset other government expenses or pay for road projects. Crews began the waiting game Friday afternoon, as snow and sleet developed from southwest to northeast and temperatures slipped below freezing.
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