Letters To The Editor 11/23/2018
Editor: As a resident of downtown Scranton, I’m curious as to what the rules are for snow removal from sidewalks.
Most of the owners of buildings and stores do a good enough job of clearing the walks themselves. Yet, they regularly leave a continuous mound of snow, 2 to 3 feet high, at the curbs, which makes it almost impossible to get on or off of the street, or to open a car door, depending upon which side of the street you park.
I understand that removing a large amount of snow can be an arduous task, but is it too much to ask for a decent path out to the street? What amazes me most is that buildings with designated loading zones don’t even clear a spot to the curb, or their parking spaces in front of them. How do you expect someone, a delivery person or perhaps a postal worker, laden with heavy packages and mail bags to traverse these massive mounds of snow? Building owners may end up with the bill when people making deliveries fall or break an ankle while trying to do their job.
I really wish someone would look into whether a snow removal ordinance exists and if it does, perhaps hold building and business owners accountable when they don’t provide clearing to the curb. We’re all painfully aware that snow plowing in the downtown is a travesty and only seems to take place when the mayor is running for re-election or there’s a downtown event, such as the recent Santa Parade.
Otherwise, we’re left wondering in the morning if we should wear boots or snowshoes and carry ski poles for safety.
Editor: On Nov. 15 my husband and I took my mother to a hospital appointment that couldn’t be missed. We left the hospital a little before 3 p.m. The storm that had been forecasted was in full swing.
We left Scranton to drop off my mother in Dickson City and headed home to Scott Twp. The Scranton expressway was covered with several inches of snow, along with Business Route 6 between the Viewmont Mall and Route 347. None of the Dickson City roads had been plowed or salted. Route 347 in Blakely was snow-covered and the roadway was blocked by several cars that were stuck. We turned around and drove back down Route 6 to try to get home through Chinchilla.
Traffic there was at a standstill and we sat there for over an hour, not moving and with snow piling up on the road.
Finally, traffic moved a little and we realized that the holdup was caused by several cars that were stuck in the snow, blocking the road. One man helped to push the cars off the road. Layton Road was untouched.
My point is that with the exception of that one person, at no time during this ordeal did we see a plow, a salt truck, a cinder truck, a police car or any sort of emergency personnel controlling traffic. All of the roads, state and municipal, had several inches of snow. I wonder what the logic was behind not being prepared for such a storm — especially during rush hour.