This is for all of past and present town public works employees: You guys are doing what you can and are told to do and I appreciate you all. Thank you for putting in the hours you do and for all your hard work!
I have heard complaints on complaints about the Town of Stratford not plowing or their roadways being still blocked. I feel for you. But if you're running out of food it's your fault for not taking this storm seriously -- you should of prepared.
If you're blocked in, OK, do the math: How many trucks per how many streets in Stratford, now factor in the snow amounts, people leaving cars on the street and then factor in people thinking they could drive in this stuff and now are stuck in the roadway and abandon their vehicles...
Stay off the roads means nothing to some of you! Walking in the streets means nothing too. Unsafe snow amounts and now trucks trying to watch out for people walking too? Stay home and off the roads means just that. Stores should be closed.
Now let's be the friendly neighbor and help one another and do the right thing. Help the elderly, your neighbor and make it a town to be proud of!
Main problem is a town mayor NOW and the town is NOT run by a town manager anymore. You voted for the change and it is not working. Years ago you heard trucks all night long before the storm, during the storm and after the storm.
Remember some of you called to complain of the noise and their lights flashing and blinking of the trucks late at night or early morning going down your street 3-5 times during a storm. You couldn't sleep and the noise was keeping your family up.
Hmm I remember all those complains and the mayor took your advice. But the town manager didn't back then. He would have those trucks still be out there with all your complaints of noise and still have his crew doing the roads and getting the job done for the safety and passage ways open for the other important people: the EMTs, police and fire departments.
So here you are still waiting to hear that lovely sound once again....Time to make some noise and get back a town manager and not a mayor. People complaining their taxpayer money being spent on trucks repeating on their street over and over. Seems it worked to get the job done back then.
Better equipment may be needed but who is willing to give money to the public works department? Now turn you complaints into reality and stop whining and face your decision to vote in a mayor. And all the cuts you wanted! I hear people wanting to sue. Really? For what? You voted this stuff in! You wanted to save money! I can't wait to hear the noise of this open letter!
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