December 26, 2010 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
When Tony Fennel started 21 years ago as a Fargo snowplow operator, 32nd Avenue South was still a gravel road.
Tags: Fargo, snow, snow plowing, weather 11 Comments »
there should be a tow truck in front of every plow to tow away cars packed on the street–thereby allowing the plows to do their job and get the street cleared!
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That would certainly help if the plows came though on the posted days, but they don’t. The plows come though whenever they feel like it, day or night. Why even bother having no parking every other day so they can plow when the plows come on days its legal to park half of the time? My road has yet to be plowed since thursday, Good job City!
Kudos to the Fargo Street crew. Fargo residents don’t really realize what a HUGE benefit these guys are to the region. Having lived in other cities, I can tell you that their organization, teamwork and experience make ALL the difference in the world at having reasonably plowed access across much of the city. Considering they only have 27 pieces of equipment, and a crew of 42 operators, Fargo residents are getting by quite well with the level of service received in return.
Guess we know who signs your paycheck reality. I haven’t seen a ‘non-partisan’ review like that in my life.
Nope. Don’t work for Fargo. You couldn’t pay me an extra $25,000 a year to live there/work for the City. But kudos due when deserved, and I don’t hand them out often. I’ve lived in other similar sized cities, and the results haven’t been as good as here. Fargo DOES need another 15 plows though! If they are going to insist on greedily sprawling south to expand their territorial boundaries to squat on farmland, they should be required to give their new “citizens” fast prompt service 10 miles south and 4 miles west the type of snow removal that the center of the city gets.
There should be consequenses for their unabated land grab/sprawl….err I mean growth.
I agree Reality. As a Moorhead resident, I think Fargo does an excellent job compared to my city.
Moorhead still hasn’t cleared most residential streets of last Thursday’s snow, and if and when they ever do I can pretty much guarantee they will leave large piles of snow across the intersections.
Maybe if the city didn’t spend so much money lately building homeless shelters, moving log cabins, and buying out businesses to raze they’d have the money to do a little more plowing with a little more skill. Prior to last winter, Moorhead did an excellent job with snow removal. Now they are the worst of any northern city I’ve experienced, and I can’t help but wonder if our schools and emergency services are seeing the same kind of neglect.
It would be a difficult task to complete, I understand… but 27 pieces of equipment and 42 crew members? Is that sufficient? I’ve frustratingly experienced (more often than not), roads that are not cleared for days after storms.. I’m not blaming the workers, more the city of Fargo.. It’s more than an inconvenience and is frankly unacceptable.. Funding? Is there none? Could you appropriate some? Please?
Does anyone remember how many miles of streets they have to plow?
It was stated in the article:
“Each time it snows, crews plow 466 miles of city streets, totaling 1,886 miles of lanes. In 2000, Fargo had just 321 miles of paved streets, according to city financial documents.”
You can see by those numbers that the amount of roads are growing much faster than the population. This kind of sprawl makes it much more expensive to maintain those roads.
Sorry! I skimmed the article kinda fast and missed that. Thank you for responding so kindly.
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