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A disgruntled resident

Orland Park, IL

#1 Feb 2, 2014
Wow, what a TERRIBLE season this has been. In spite of all the challenges Public Works continues to do a fine job. Sure there are a few hiccups along the way, but this is one of the few departments you can count on. My street and alley are both plowed. Given the circumstances this year, we need to give these guys including Superintendent Berrini a break. If you have an issue with there service, contact Public Works for resolution.
Mayor appointed Berrini

Blue Island, IL

#2 Feb 2, 2014
A disgruntled resident wrote:
Wow, what a TERRIBLE season this has been. In spite of all the challenges Public Works continues to do a fine job. Sure there are a few hiccups along the way, but this is one of the few departments you can count on. My street and alley are both plowed. Given the circumstances this year, we need to give these guys including Superintendent Berrini a break. If you have an issue with there service, contact Public Works for resolution.
Wrong, Contact Mayor Vargas
City Council

Chicago, IL

#3 Feb 2, 2014
A disgruntled resident wrote:
Wow, what a TERRIBLE season this has been. In spite of all the challenges Public Works continues to do a fine job. Sure there are a few hiccups along the way, but this is one of the few departments you can count on. My street and alley are both plowed. Given the circumstances this year, we need to give these guys including Superintendent Berrini a break. If you have an issue with there service, contact Public Works for resolution.
Are you sure it was the city that performed the services? Did you actually see them do your alley? If all that was done I would guess it was a block resident that did it with their own private equipment.
harvey

Blue Island, IL

#4 Feb 2, 2014
The performance of the public works department has been below poor. The streets and alleys on the east and south sides of BI are in very poor shape. We had to push out 4 cars just today. One was on her way to dyalisis. Given the time line of the storm the whole town should have been cleared.
With the bridges out it's getting to be a major trip to transverse the town.

The post that started this tread sounds like propaganda.
Straight Talk

Alsip, IL

#5 Feb 2, 2014
I believe it is sarcasm. The snow removal is a complete failure all over town.
Straight Talk

Alsip, IL

#6 Feb 2, 2014
Berrini is in way over his head.
Is it true

Chicago, IL

#7 Feb 2, 2014
Straight Talk wrote:
Berrini is in way over his head.
Is it true they finally removed him from his position? Hope so, maybe now we will see some progress with the snow.
Snow command

Michigan City, IN

#8 Feb 4, 2014
This town has been horrible with the snow removal for years. My job allows me to travel around the different towns and our town has had held the top spot for years for the worst plowed streets in the suburbs.
It is Science

Chicago, IL

#9 Feb 4, 2014
Science behind snow removal helps save on salt

February 4, 2014 (GLEN ELLYN, Ill.)(WLS)-- There is a science behind all the salting and plowing on the roads. It's been perfected over the years thanks in part to one man in McHenry County.

Salt is as good as gold this winter, and in many places, it is just as rare. In Glen Ellyn, the salt supply is running low. But thanks to advances in the science of snow removal over the last decade, communities can actually use less salt-- and have it be more effective.

Thirteen years ago, in a small shed in McHenry County, Mark DeVries was among the first to invent a cocktail for snow fighting.

"When we apply this liquid to roads before a storm, the sugar beet helps it stay longer. Like spilling a Coke, it's sticky, it stays longer," said DeVries.
These days communities from Chicago to Arlington Heights use the beet juice jumpstart. It's part salt water, part calcium chloride and sugary beet juice. In McHenry County, it keeps the salt on the roads and makes it more effective.

"Plows have changed completely, they're not your grandpa's plows," said DeVries.

Many now have onboard pavement sensors, computerized spreading, and fighter jet-like joysticks to control plows and salt. A high-tech truck, combined with the beat-juice infused salt can cut in half the amount of salt used in a storm.

"There are real environmental concerns, of course organics help that, but the other part is the less material we use, the better it is for the environment, "said DeVries.

Still, our never-ending winter is taking its toll. Unionized mechanics are upset IDOT called in the National Guard during a storm last month to help repair equipment.

"We can't call in the military every time we have a snow storm," said Aviva Bowen, Illinois Federation of Public Employees.

Whether it's struggling with a salt shortage or coming-up with the next big breakthrough in snow removal, this winter has proven the need for many communities to get creative.

"I think we've made roads safer, but at times, Mother Nature can win!" said DeVries.

In an average winter in Glen Ellyn, road crews will respond to 20 winter weather events. This year, they've already responded to 31.
Straight Talk

Alsip, IL

#10 Feb 5, 2014
Due to the snow the "no parking on snow routes until snow has been removed " will not be enforced.
Heavy Snow

Chicago, IL

#11 Feb 5, 2014
Clear Blue Island streets.
School has not been closed today, 2/5/2014.
snowed in

Blue Island, IL

#12 Feb 5, 2014
Call Mayor Vargas what are you going to do about the streets not being plowed? What are you going to do?
City Worker

Midlothian, IL

#14 Feb 5, 2014
Strike 3 wrote:
<quoted text>
Let superintendent go. Hire whole new p/w department, they are all too comfortable with their jobs. Watched two city employees sitting in running truck in front of city hall, waiting for employees to arrive to start shoveling. Looked out my window and they were there at least 10 min. doing nothing but wasting gas and money with running truck. All the streets look like SHIT.
Stop looking out the window M and get back to work. The real firings need to take place in the Building dept. let them all go except for Martin and get some real blue print readers and construction know how. Rita, Vargas and Hawley screwed up in their department organization. Vote them out!
captain free

Midlothian, IL

#15 Feb 5, 2014
A disgruntled resident wrote:
Wow, what a TERRIBLE season this has been. In spite of all the challenges Public Works continues to do a fine job. Sure there are a few hiccups along the way, but this is one of the few departments you can count on. My street and alley are both plowed. Given the circumstances this year, we need to give these guys including Superintendent Berrini a break. If you have an issue with there service, contact Public Works for resolution.
you must have an alderman living on your block. my alley hasnt seen a plow yet this year. my garbage couldnt be picked up today. good goin guys.
come on now

Chicago, IL

#16 Feb 5, 2014
Snow command wrote:
This town has been horrible with the snow removal for years. My job allows me to travel around the different towns and our town has had held the top spot for years for the worst plowed streets in the suburbs.
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Its amazing that, from what I hear from my friends that live in Oak Forest, New Lenox, Tinley Park, Alsip, Hickory Hills, those streets are horrible. Yet you say all over are great except BI. THEY ARE SHITTY ALL OVER. But lets keep bashing BI all day everyday.
Straight Talk

Alsip, IL

#17 Feb 5, 2014
come on now wrote:
<quoted text>.
Its amazing that, from what I hear from my friends that live in Oak Forest, New Lenox, Tinley Park, Alsip, Hickory Hills, those streets are horrible. Yet you say all over are great except BI. THEY ARE SHITTY ALL OVER. But lets keep bashing BI all day everyday.
You have no friends.
Bash

Chicago, IL

#18 Feb 5, 2014
come on now wrote:
<quoted text>.
Its amazing that, from what I hear from my friends that live in Oak Forest, New Lenox, Tinley Park, Alsip, Hickory Hills, those streets are horrible. Yet you say all over are great except BI. THEY ARE SHITTY ALL OVER. But lets keep bashing BI all day everyday.
Who is responsible for cleaning our streets and sidewalks?
crookcounty

Riverdale, IL

#19 Feb 6, 2014
Bash wrote:
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Who is responsible for cleaning our streets and sidewalks?
you are responsible for cleaning your sidewalks you lazy ass
getting it done

Orland Park, IL

#20 Feb 6, 2014
I have cleaned my sidewalks, my neighbors sidewalks and all the way down my block and down the next block with my snow blower. that is what you do when you are a good person. you look out for ALL your neighbors. get it done people!!!!
Stevo jr

Chicago, IL

#21 Feb 7, 2014
getting it done wrote:
I have cleaned my sidewalks, my neighbors sidewalks and all the way down my block and down the next block with my snow blower. that is what you do when you are a good person. you look out for ALL your neighbors. get it done people!!!!
A good person you call yourself.You boast of what you do as if we should reward you.Nobody cares what, or how much more you do than others. NOBODY CARES.

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