>There are times that I may or may not be to quick to criticize others for the jobs that they do or things that they say and at times I am criticized for not giving others credit when credit is do them. So today, after last nights snow fall, I am happy to pass out a little praise to those that deserve it.
Many in Middletown caught a lot of flack for days after the blizzard of December 26th stuck the area by those who were trapped in their homes for days, unable to get out of the driveways or streets because the roads had not been plowed.
Today however is a different story.
Before I went to bed last night, I posted on this blog that 3 plows in less than 20 minutes made it down the streets near my house. It was a good sign to me that I had nothing to worry about in morning when I awoke. If township snow plows were out in force before I went to bed then at least there was a very good chance that I and others, would make it out of our house and off to work if necessary (luckily I was off today and slept in).
When I did venture out o the house today to shovel my driveway and sidewalks I was happy yo see that Main St. up to Harmony Ave and down to Palmer Ave was clear to the pavement and the side streets, while not clear to the pavement, were 100% better that the last storm.
Good job Middletown DPW, but don’t let this go to your heads. There is a lot of winter left and another storm is said to be heading our way.
So be ready, we’re watching you!
>Well that didn’t take too long, seems that the Township just might have this storm under control.
The 3rd snow plow in just 12 minutes has made its way down the street. I am not going to get to excited but it does seem that snow removal is way ahead of schedule based on the last snow storm.
Here’s hoping that the people plowing the streets tonight keep up the good work and not plow in my driveway to badly (I don’t have a snow blower, remember).
I think that I my be able to rest easily tonight.
>It’s 12:48 am Wednesday morning and it has been approximately 4.5 hours since the snow began falling. I would conservatively say there is 3-4 inches of snow on the ground at this point.
I am glad to report that the first snow plow has just made it’s way down Main St. just outside of my house, so far a marked improvement from last storm that hit on December 26th.
How long will it be before a snow plow returns to clear side streets in front of my house and around the neighborhood?
>The audio clip below are comments made by Gerry Scharfenberger before he gave his prepared outgoing speech as Middletown’s Mayor during the Township’s annual Reorganization Meeting. The clip is a classic example of Scharfenbegrer at his best, Gerry felt compelled to address the snow removal effort of the Township and it’s employees which have come under fire by many township residents.
As usual, Gerry overstates his role in the clean up efforts and mentions that people should read his message that is posted at the Township’s website that further explains what was done in response to mitigate the effects of the blizzard that struck Middletown on December 26th.
As he states, “It was an act of God”
>For those that my be interested in knowing (as I was), Tuesday’s tax lien sale in Middletown happened as planned despite the snow emergency that was declared by our Mayor.
So while residents were busy trying to get out of their driveways and streets in order to get to work on time or make it out for bread and milk, Town Hall was plowed clean and was accessible to those that braved the elements to participate in the sale.
I was told that the sale went well but didn’t finish until after 5 pm due to the conditions outside. Evidently the sale started a little late but went on without a hitch afterwards. I didn’t ask how much was collected but the woman I spoke to said that they were happy with the outcome.
So the moral to the story as they say is “The show must go on”.
It doesn’t matter whether or not streets are plowed or basic services are provided for the safety of area residents. What matters is as long as the Town gets it’s share of the pie, nothing else matters.
Maybe the tax sale could have been postponed for a day or so and those resources used to clear out Town Hall, could have been better utilized digging the Town out from under all the snow.
>It’s only taken 4 days, but as far as I’m concerned, I am done with shoveling. The last bit of snow that need to be shoveled was covering the sidewalks in front of my house.
It took about two hours to shovel close to 3oo hundred feet of sidewalk, but it is now over and done with until the next storm, which I hope wont be anytime soon.
Status report on the condition of the streets through out my neighborhood is that the streets are doing better. It now seems that the town snow plows have gone through the streets of the development at least once. I am hoping that they can make it back for a second pass soon, there is still an awful lot of snow that needs to be pushed off to the side in order to widen roads for safer passage.
>It’s just not me complaining about the “Snow Job” that we have received courtesy of our town, others are complaining as well. The following letter to the editor appears in today’s online edition of the Asbury Park Press:
The Middletown Department of Public Works knew well in advance of the snowstorm that hit on Sunday. Yet, it’s Monday night at 9:15 p.m., and my street, Melrose Terrace, has yet to see one plow. I spoke to friends who work for the Department of Public Works, and they say that they are all home and all plowing is contracted out.
Who is in charge? I’ve been trying to call all day and just get voice mail.
As a worker for a power company, I have to get to work or my job is in jeopardy — no excuses.
I also have a daughter with autism and if we had an emergency it would take hours for EMTs to get here, if not days.
Where’s the mayor? I’ll bet his street is plowed. Neither he nor anyone on his staff is answering the phone. I’ve lived in Middletown for 48 years and I never thought I would say this but I think it’s time to move out of this state.