Storm Clean Up Varies Among Western Massachusetts Communities

As western Massachusetts continues digging out from the historic weekend storm that dumped as much as two feet in the area, clean-up efforts in some communities appear to have fared better than others. Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse says all the streets in his city have been plowed at this point. He says local DPW crews and private contractors have worked around the clock since the storm began to clear streets, enough so that trash pick-up would continue as usual.
“And we also started snow pick up, removing snow from traffic intersections, from the side streets, to make sure that school buses, emergency vehicles can actually pass through all the streets and roads in the city of Holyoke.”
The situation in Springfield, however, was not as positive according to Mayor Domenic Sarno. He says that while a tour around the city found some main thoroughfares and secondary streets had been cleared very well.
“Others were not; some not even punched out or touched.”
And Sarno says on many of the unplowed side streets residents have been trying to clear the roads themselves. Sarno says he’s had to deal with several complaints about the less than adequate responses of both city field inspectors and some private subcontractors who he claims didn’t finish the job of clearing the streets.
“The cross communication, I believe, was not done here in certain instances. You could go by a group of streets, ten or twelve of them, being done. And then you have a street completely not even touched.”
Sarno says he’s directed the head of the City DPW to review the agreements with the subcontractors and issue possible consequences, though he declined to be specific on what those consequences might be. Meanwhile, no word yet on whether Springfield schools will be open Tuesday. Holyoke’s Mayor Morse says he expects schools in his city will be open, though he still has to confirm that with the school superintendent.