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David Keese says fielding angry phone calls from Fitchburg residents who want city sidewalks cleared after snowstorms is part of his job as dispatcher for the Department of Public Works. Full Story
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gmof

AOL

#1 Feb 1, 2010
Good thing for prop 2 1/2. I can see we may need five or so more workers, but 140! Shows you how much waste these departments have when not kept under control.
resident of fitchburg

Fitchburg, MA

#2 Feb 1, 2010
those guys at DPW work very hard. It's too bad that they can't get the right equipment to do there jobs. I agree things don't get done all the way. But, I drive through the city all day and I always see the same group of guys out there working. A few more workers or some new equipment won't kill the city. Since the city budget lies when it talks about people's pay. It's public info if you don't believe me check it out for your self and call and confirm the numbers.
Bad Plow Drivers

Essex, MA

#3 Feb 1, 2010
The sidewalks wouldn't be even half as bad if the plow drivers would slow down and not throw all the snow onto the sidewalks. This is the heart of the problem. It isn't the 4 or 5 inches of snow the storm put on the sidewalks, it's all the snow the plow drivers put on the sidewalks. The homeowners can not keep up and it is impossible to think they can. I am a female senior citizen. I shovel every storm and without fail the plows throw the snow not only back onto the sidewalks but all the way up the lawn and sometimes onto my porch. This is because they are driving too fast. I should not have to bear the responsibility of removing all the snow from the city streets by way of my sidewalk and property.

The city doesn't need more equipment. They need to improve the manner in which they remove snow from the street.
Anon

Lancaster, PA

#4 Feb 1, 2010
I am a homeowner, female senior citizen...I take care of my property...the sidewalks on city streets are not private property, they are city property...the city plows plow snow into my driveway and block my access to the street many times...I will not shovel their sidewalks...I understand the difficulty in plowing the streets...they can not do the job without blocking our driveways, but the city had better find a way to take care of the city sidewalks and street lights...I have just had surgery to correct an injury in a fall due to darkened stairways...perhaps I should file a claim against the city for failure to keep the stairs to public buildings lighted, but that would just increase my taxes if I won the claim...can't win for loosing.
Checkin In

Gardner, MA

#5 Feb 1, 2010
Where would you people like the drivers to put the snow? If the drivers slow down the roads do not get open wide enough. If the driver goes to fast he pushes snow on my driveway.If you don't like dealing with the snow MOVE!!!
Should be

Fitchburg, MA

#6 Feb 1, 2010
there should be more sidewalks in the FSC campus area. Again. Why are the FSC non taxpaying, students the ones with all the perks?
They get to park where ever they want. They make the roads narrower by parking on the side streets(Lincoln and Rindge in particular) Sure they put no parking signs up on half of Lincoln, but not on the other half where there are NO sidewalks. And why are they allowed to park on the side of Rindge when there is a parking lot for them RIGHT THERE?! Never mind the free parking and shuttles from the Wallace Civic center(is it even a "civic" center anymore since the college bought it?) and from the Commuter rail station. Many of the students claim they dont even know about these options for parking. Why is this?
Why are the local roads being made narrower by student cars?
Hell. Residents around here would love some sidewalks to be plowed. And some more enforcement of parking bans etc as well. You want to cut busing and have kids walk? Then make sure it is safe for the kids to do so. And for the parents dropping off to be able to safely make it down the streets to drop and pick them up!!!
sidewalker

Saco, ME

#7 Feb 1, 2010
If all property owners or renters would simply remove the snow on the sidewalks in front of their residences all would be fine. If you're a senior citizen, I'm sure there's a neighborhood kid who would love to earn a few bucks for clearing your sidewalk. Come on people, let's work together.
AJP

Fitchburg, MA

#8 Feb 1, 2010
I would be able to walk along the Lunenburg Street sidewalk this morning if it wasn't for all the trash bags piled in front of "Our Father's House", don't blame that on the DPW, time for "OFH" to get a dumpster.
burg er

Arlington, MA

#9 Feb 1, 2010
clean sidewalks means that crime can run faster from the police
steve

Bloomington, IN

#10 Feb 1, 2010
i work for the city in leominster and the guys in the dpw bust their rear ends for hours clearing the sidewalks only too have people walk in the street anyways.its a lose lose situation....
J_in_Ward_1

Brookline, MA

#11 Feb 1, 2010
sidewalker wrote:
If all property owners or renters would simply remove the snow on the sidewalks in front of their residences all would be fine.
A good example is Unitil - a very rich corporation - that earlier this winter (and maybe now - I haven't checked lately) did not cleared its sidewalk although it is on a busy street with lots of people walking there to and from stores.
Fitchburg Resident

Methuen, MA

#12 Feb 1, 2010
I don't remember UNITIL ever shoveling the walks infront of their building on John Fitch Highway. Maybe a fine equal to a percentage of their revenue stream would solve the equipment problems of the city. Fines to commercial and industrial owners should reflect their size.
Hmm

Rockport, MA

#13 Feb 1, 2010
"I want my lights. I want my sidewalks plowed. I want my fire substation to stay open. I want more police. I dont want 33 student class sizes. I want I want I want......But I do not want to have to pay for it
Mandii

Lowell, MA

#14 Feb 1, 2010
sidewalker wrote:
If all property owners or renters would simply remove the snow on the sidewalks in front of their residences all would be fine. If you're a senior citizen, I'm sure there's a neighborhood kid who would love to earn a few bucks for clearing your sidewalk. Come on people, let's work together.
It's not SIMPLY a matter of removing the snow from the sidewalk in front of a residence. It's a lot of work just to shovel the initial show fall, then have the plows come by and add 2 to 3 times as much as you already cleaned. I've had them push so much snow on my sidewalk, I had to walk in the street just to get to my driveway. It gets very frustrating to cope with that every time it snows.
Anon

Lancaster, PA

#16 Feb 1, 2010
Checkin In wrote:
Where would you people like the drivers to put the snow? If the drivers slow down the roads do not get open wide enough. If the driver goes to fast he pushes snow on my driveway.If you don't like dealing with the snow MOVE!!!
If this comment is in reference to my comment, I think you need to up your meds...your rage is all consuming...I know the plowers have problems when plowing the streets and I think I addressed that situation fully...re-read my comment and I will accept your appology... and if you are too proud to do that, I suggest you move !!!
Anon

Lancaster, PA

#17 Feb 1, 2010
I guess I have stirred up a hornets nest...city property should be properly maintained... that includes buildings as well like schools...I personally have no sidewalk in front of my home and my street is well plowed, my comment was in reference to the public being responsible for shoveling the city sidewalks...and I love the snow...now chill everybody. Don't get your knickers in a twist.
Hopey Changey

Bedford, MA

#18 Feb 1, 2010
Fine the residents who don't shovel in front of their property(s).
Hmm

Rockport, MA

#19 Feb 1, 2010
Hopey Changey wrote:
Fine the residents who don't shovel in front of their property(s).
How do you fine an 80 year old woman for not clearing her sidewalk?
Shape up or ship out

Belmont, MA

#20 Feb 1, 2010
resident of fitchburg wrote:
those guys at DPW work very hard. It's too bad that they can't get the right equipment to do there jobs. I agree things don't get done all the way. But, I drive through the city all day and I always see the same group of guys out there working. A few more workers or some new equipment won't kill the city. Since the city budget lies when it talks about people's pay. It's public info if you don't believe me check it out for your self and call and confirm the numbers.
I agree that a lot of work was done through the ice storm and they plow the streets well. I have to disagree with you in terms of seeing all the time in Fitchburg; the only time I have ever seen them is when they are plowing!

Before the ice storm Fitchburg was a total mess! The ice storm demanded attention. Let me know where is the last time that you seen these workers besides John Fitz fast food or plowing.

What the city needs is a younger group of city workers; a lot of these guys sit around playing bridge and they get angry when they have to go out! Put me in charge of these guys and I will either tell them;"thanks for your work but you need to file for disability or retire"; I would hire a young group of workers that are motivated as they would need to be as I would be putting them to work with punch list. Two coffee breaks and a half hour lunch!

We need new street sweepers as that work gets done sporatically and only on complaint. Forget this list to cut down trees BS. Put them on the days agenda. Sorry guys you need to get in shape; either shape up or ship out!!
Anon

Lancaster, PA

#21 Feb 1, 2010
Hopey Changey wrote:
Fine the residents who don't shovel in front of their property(s).
Dear Hopey... Your empathy is exceeded only by your ignorance...I hope that you don't ever have to suffer the indifferance of your fellow man when you find yourself in a similar situation.

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