Editor: It was good to see city Coun. Terry Bernard stand up for his crew with regard to criticism on recent snow removal (or lack of) in downtown Charlottetown (“Public works chair defends city’s snow-removal crews”, today’s Guardian). Often it’s not the workers’ fault, but that of management.
Bernard’s comments were much easier to swallow than those of Paul Johnston, manager of public works for Charlottetown, who said recently on CBC’s Compass something to the effect that “people’s expectations of snow removal downtown are a bit unrealistic.”
I still say one option to at least try is closing one street at a time the day after a big downfall. Send in the plows, snowblowers and trucks and clean out all the snow. Then open that street and move on to the next. Overnight parking restrictions should be tightened, and not relaxed as has been the case in recent years.
But to Coun. Bernard who said, “The crews were out all night Dec. 23,” I will say that I was downtown that evening at 7 p.m. and saw nary a plow nor a snow blower. The shoppers were just as scarce.