I have contemplated writing this letter for a few weeks. I realize that I live in an area where snow and cold temperatures are a common occurrence. I don’t mind taking my children to school after a big snowfall. What I do mind is the fact that the streets in and around the schools do not get plowed nor the student parking lot at the high school. It would be so much easier to get children to school if these areas could be plowed.
It is not like this storm appeared from nowhere. The city of Dickinson was aware that the storm was coming and the potential for accumulating snow. The plows could have been out this morning before school started to have the areas in and around the schools cleared. Most intersections are slippery and messy…where there should be a turn lane there is none, causing traffic to back up causing more frustration for those of us having to take children to school and try to get to work. Everyone who lives here doesn’t drive a big truck or four wheel drive vehicle.
I read in The Dickinson Press today (Wednesday) where the emergency management is asking for assistance from the state. In the meantime, our roads still need to be cleared. Why not budget enough money to begin with to adequately manage snow removal for our area. For two years in a row now we have had more snow than in previous years, so why didn’t the city make necessary modifications in the budget for snow removal this year?
Stacy Norris, Dickinson