THE CITY OF ROCKFORD PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS DECLARED A CITYWIDE SNOW EMERGENCY BEGINNING TODAY, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2019, AT 12:00 PM. THE ODD/EVEN PARKING WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT DEEMS IT IS NO LONGER NECESSARY.
STREET DIVISION EMPLOYEES WILL CONTINUE SALTING AND PLOWING ARTERIAL STREETS . CONTRACTORS WILL BEGIN PLOWING RESIDENTIAL STREETS AT 12:00 PM.
EFFECTIVE AS OF 12:00 PM TODAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2019, CARS SHOULD BE PARKED ON THE ODD NUMBERED SIDE OF THE STREET. AS OF 8:00 AM TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 12, 2019, CARS ARE TO BE PARKED ON THE EVEN NUMBERED SIDE OF THE STREET.
Editorial by a RS fan:
Can you please post this as a Community Safety or Community Awareness post to the Rockford Scanner Page? No credit needed, anonymity is preferred. Thanks!
I often feel as though I’m the only one not bothered by snow emergencies. I set my alarm clock an hour earlier than normal, and leave way before I would any other day, go about my day as if there’s nothing out of the ordinary and never said a word about it while everyone else went into panic mode.
But I also realize that as the daughter of Public Works employee, I guess I just have a different perspective and I only have this advice:
Chill out, grab a shovel or a snow blower if you can and help your neighbors. Many may be elderly, disabled or have little kids they can’t leave unattended. Maybe they don’t have winter equipment. So help where you can and give the village/city crews a little break. And stop ripping into your village or city about streets not cleared at your convenience. It doesn’t help anyone. Public Works will continue salting and plowing main roads, while their contractors will plow residential streets. To put things in perspective, in Rockford, a residential plowing operation takes 144 snowplows between 12 and 14 hours to complete. So lay off and make smarter choices about making your commute safer for yourself.
My dad is a fleet mechanic for a village in the Northwest suburbs and part of his job is to have active on call status for plowing/salting to assist the guys already out there, allowing them to grab an hour or two of sleep or a quick meal. These crews all work around the clock in snow emergencies and management is still required to allow for breaks. So on top of his normal 7am-3pm mechanic schedule, he’s on call after hours and overnight to help clear the roads. Its a hard job. The way I see it, residents don’t have a right to complain about what isn’t done yet or can’t be done because they or their neighbors aren’t doing their part.
Also, as a responsible adult and member of a large community, its on the residents to plan ahead. Snow emergencies are generally talked about in the news or on social media days in advance while city or village officials prepare their crews. The residents need to be proactive and give themselves an extra hour of commute time and use extreme caution. Individuals have to take responsibility for their own safety on the roads and their own punctuality for work or school. Its not ok to dump on the city crews who work so hard and work in dangerous conditions. Not one neighborhood or resident is given more priority than anyone else. The city has preplanned routes and crews assigned to certain sections of the city. Main roads and secondary roads are top priority. Residential side streets and neighborhoods are attended to when all main roads and secondary roads are safe, often times by smaller companies or individuals contracted by the local municipalities. They do their part, you do yours.
The thing that irks most Public Works crews and their bosses in the village or city offices is when the residents get all uptight and complain and tell Public Works and their contractors how to do their jobs but 98% of the residents will never take a difficult job like this, let alone step up to help within the neighborhood, because its beneath them or too hard or they don’t want to be out all night and all day in unsafe conditions.
My dad said it best the first winter he worked non stop: get off your mobile devices and computers, shovel your driveways and sidewalks, help each other clear off cars and shovel out tire paths to move the cars. Do your part so the city can do theirs. You chose to be a resident of the village or city you are in, you pay the taxes that help the city crews be able to do their job but, if you are able-bodied, you have to do a little work too.
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