Blizzard a lesson for Bridgeport

Blizzard a lesson for Bridgeport

There are 45 comments on the Connecticut Post story from Feb 19, 2013, titled Blizzard a lesson for Bridgeport. In it, Connecticut Post reports that:

Five of the men charged with shepherding the city through the heart of this month's blizzard and digging neighborhoods out from beneath 30 inches of snowfall pledged Tuesday night to do better.

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BPT

Waterbury, CT

#1 Feb 20, 2013
excuses, excuses , excuses..........just admit the city made a mistake. how did the smaller towns do it with less equipment?
Deldoodoo

North Attleboro, MA

#2 Feb 20, 2013
I don't know about that BPT, blame should go all around on this one. From the higher ups all the way to the residents.
I do have a question; Why are there cars still buried under snow or sidewalks still covered?? It doesn't matter what you do, the people will still complain and not take any responsibilty to clean up their portion. It's the excuse of, I pay taxes it should be done for me... Not to mention, it's a week later and plows still can't do a proper job because cars are still in the way....
Smaller town got the roads clear faster because there is no room for cars to park on the road and plenty of room to push the snow back, the plows just cruise. Bridgeport doesn't have either.

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#3 Feb 20, 2013
Bridgeport has always been terrible with snow removal. It's just a symptom of money stretched too thin, something the democrats usually do.
Why aren't some cars dug out a week and a half later? So many people are sucking on the public trough. They have no place to go, they're lazy, they're old, their car may not be running....
Keep in mind most of those people do not pay taxes, at least property taxes- thats what is germane here. Yeah sometimes they pay through higher rents but sometimes they don't.
But if other towns do it, so can bridgeport- especially when Bridgeport's taxes are so obscene.

If there was a reporter these days worth his weight in sh!t he would be comparing the percapita snow removal budgets from several towns.... but don't hold your breath!
Deldoodoo

North Attleboro, MA

#4 Feb 20, 2013
So other than old people (which definitley get a pass) the answer to my question pretty much boils down to laziness. Bridgeport's taxes are so obscene because that's what happens when people keep voting democrat. They're getting what they voted for...... And please don't compare other towns to Bridgeport unless you mean Waterbury or Hartford. People would give anything to move out of Bridgeport, you don't hear that about neighboring towns like FFLD, Stratford (depending on the area) and Trumbull....
BPT

Waterbury, CT

#5 Feb 20, 2013
Deldoodoo wrote:
I don't know about that BPT, blame should go all around on this one. From the higher ups all the way to the residents.
I do have a question; Why are there cars still buried under snow or sidewalks still covered?? It doesn't matter what you do, the people will still complain and not take any responsibilty to clean up their portion. It's the excuse of, I pay taxes it should be done for me... Not to mention, it's a week later and plows still can't do a proper job because cars are still in the way....
Smaller town got the roads clear faster because there is no room for cars to park on the road and plenty of room to push the snow back, the plows just cruise. Bridgeport doesn't have either.
i guess i have to agree with you two, laziness, renters don't care about anything......you KNOW jobs depend on attendence, accountiblity and performance. yeah the public can be difficult but it's not the publics job to clean MAIN ST. and thats what grated my cheese, they did'nt even clean main st, and i live six houses away. no finch and his staff did little to no planning for this historic storm. my perception can only be based on what i say out MY front door.
hope all is well with you.
BPT

Waterbury, CT

#6 Feb 20, 2013
Deldoodoo wrote:
So other than old people (which definitley get a pass) the answer to my question pretty much boils down to laziness. Bridgeport's taxes are so obscene because that's what happens when people keep voting democrat. They're getting what they voted for...... And please don't compare other towns to Bridgeport unless you mean Waterbury or Hartford. People would give anything to move out of Bridgeport, you don't hear that about neighboring towns like FFLD, Stratford (depending on the area) and Trumbull....
what kills me is that they will vote democratic again.
anyone who thinks the antiquated thinking of the dems are for the people, and the repubs are for big business, should not be allowed to vote. NEITHER party cares at all. only about THEIR OWN agenda.

Since: Aug 10

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#7 Feb 20, 2013
BPT wrote:
excuses, excuses , excuses..........just admit the city made a mistake. how did the smaller towns do it with less equipment?
Less streets to clean. Stratford streets are still bad.

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#8 Feb 20, 2013
I like the 3rd party idea... but what fundamental difference could they have to keep the dirtbags out? Like they would need something in their charter. Term limits, for one thing. Also, no pay-(seriously) and assets frozen during their tenure. There are plenty of successful civic minded people who have already made their millions who could do this.

Back to the people who left their cars: the streets still could have been emptied using bucket loaders, which is what had to be used anyway.

Now I hear there might be another storm! NOOOOoooooo!!
BPT

Waterbury, CT

#9 Feb 20, 2013
when i rented years ago, i had to park on the street. the plows would go by and you had to dig yourself out in the morning.

in this case, it looks like the plows WERE NOT out during the storm, pathetic.
Elaan

Bay Shore, NY

#10 Feb 20, 2013
BPT wrote:
<quoted text>i guess i have to agree with you two, laziness, renters don't care about anything......you KNOW jobs depend on attendence, accountiblity and performance. yeah the public can be difficult but it's not the publics job to clean MAIN ST. and thats what grated my cheese, they did'nt even clean main st, and i live six houses away. no finch and his staff did little to no planning for this historic storm. my perception can only be based on what i say out MY front door.
hope all is well with you.
I am a renter and not lazy and do care!you sound like a lazy not caring democrap to me.
BPT

Waterbury, CT

#11 Feb 20, 2013
Elaan wrote:
<quoted text> I am a renter and not lazy and do care!you sound like a lazy not caring democrap to me.
so how did you like the way the city plowed your street? the last thing i am is lazy, but i do take offense being called a democrat!.........;)
i am an independent.
Deldoodoo

North Attleboro, MA

#12 Feb 20, 2013
BPT wrote:
when i rented years ago, i had to park on the street. the plows would go by and you had to dig yourself out in the morning.
in this case, it looks like the plows WERE NOT out during the storm, pathetic.
That's right, you had to dig yourself out, but that wasn't 3 feet of snow. I can't ever think of a time we had 3 feet of snow all at once... And this storm was bad,real bad.. Why should plow drivers risk their life to clear away snow???? Would you??? Let me ask, did you want to go driving in the storm? I bet the answer is no, and the reason why being it's too dangerous...
And Citizen talks about having payloaders to plow the snow. Do you see how slow payloaders are, and how many do you think the city has???
Deldoodoo

North Attleboro, MA

#13 Feb 20, 2013
And I may be wrong but I recall reports calling for 14 - 20 inches, not 36. Even if Finch prepared for 20 inches we still got over a foot extra...

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#14 Feb 20, 2013
Deldoodoo wrote:
<quoted text>
That's right, you had to dig yourself out, but that wasn't 3 feet of snow. I can't ever think of a time we had 3 feet of snow all at once... And this storm was bad,real bad.. Why should plow drivers risk their life to clear away snow???? Would you??? Let me ask, did you want to go driving in the storm? I bet the answer is no, and the reason why being it's too dangerous...
And Citizen talks about having payloaders to plow the snow. Do you see how slow payloaders are, and how many do you think the city has???
Here's a problem I have with what they did: there are 10 or so of the most important roads through bridgeport. Park, Main, East Main, Capitol, Fairfield, State, like that. AT LEAST get the bucket loaders clearing those first. But they didn't.

They should have been on the phone the next morning hiring independents, state, etc. but we didn't hear about any of that for days.

“'never'”

Since: Mar 11

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#15 Feb 20, 2013
....And again, how come some towns did manage?

Since: Aug 10

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#16 Feb 20, 2013
Not Stratford
Deldoodoo

North Attleboro, MA

#17 Feb 20, 2013
Citizen44 wrote:
....And again, how come some towns did manage?
I answered that. I think it's because other towns do not park on the streets, and there is a lot more room to push the snow out of the way. I didn't see any payloaders in any other towns other than maybe parts of Shelton, and I haven't been to Stratford in a while so I can't comment on them. But when a truck can just cruise down the road with the plow on the ground pushing everything out of the way a lot can get done quickly.

Since: Aug 10

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#18 Feb 20, 2013
#17 is very true.
Deldoodoo

North Attleboro, MA

#19 Feb 20, 2013
Citizen44 wrote:
<quoted text>
Here's a problem I have with what they did: there are 10 or so of the most important roads through bridgeport. Park, Main, East Main, Capitol, Fairfield, State, like that. AT LEAST get the bucket loaders clearing those first. But they didn't.
They should have been on the phone the next morning hiring independents, state, etc. but we didn't hear about any of that for days.
I agree that some of those streets should have been cleared to a degree. But take Capital Ave for instance, that road is like a one lane road any other time during the year. When cars are parked on both side you can BARELY squeeze two cars through. How is a huge plow pushing 3 feet of snow suppose to do any sort of decent job.....

Since: Aug 10

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#20 Feb 20, 2013
My apartment house has a parking lot, but I do not have a car.

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