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Residents Decry Mayor's Statement That All Roads Are Open

Stratford Mayor John A. Harkins announced on his official Facebook page this morning that every roadway in town has been opened with at least one pass. Several residents, however, are rebuffing that claim, saying they're still snowed-in.

It was a message snowed-in residents had been awaiting since Saturday to hear.

"Public Works crews have opened every roadway with at least one pass," Stratford Mayor John A. Harkins announced on his official Facebook page at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Outpourings of gratitude did not follow. Rather, several residents, commenting directly on the mayor's post, rebuffed the claim that all town roads were now passable.

"My street is NOT plowed at all!!" wrote Debbie Murphy-Griffin

"Hamilton avenue is NOT plowed at all," Missy Stanton wrote. "I have been patient, but seeing these false reports makes me angry."

"That is not true," Karen Myers wrote. "Cardinal place not touched!!!!"

Another resident, Patricia Clark Sperling, offered visual proof of her snowed-in reality. She posted the above photo on the Stratford Patch Facebook page at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Last night Marc Dillon, the mayor's chief of staff, told Stratford Patch that all roads would be opened by late Tuesday night.

A decision whether or not to cancel school Wednesday is expected to be made within a couple hours, according to Dillon.

The message on the mayor's Facebook page said crews "are going to stay on it today and continue to remove snow from intersections, etc. Crews will plow curb-to-curb wherever possible and stay on it until the job is done."

Edward Mahoney February 12, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Highview ter.can be added to the list. the mayor should be ashamed.
wendy February 12, 2013 at 05:10 PM
How will these kids be safe at bus stops?
OpportunistWatch February 12, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Based on the amount of snow fall, no mayor could prepare for this. The drivers are doing their best, I have been watching them for two days and they look tired.
Carolyn Holt February 12, 2013 at 05:52 PM
No thanks to the town, residents on Shirley Drive dug there own road out! Will we be receiving a paycheck for cleaning city streets. Hmm, dont think so .
Karen February 12, 2013 at 06:05 PM
My street has a very narrow opening that was made at 1:30am Sunday by a payloader followed closely by a plow and ambulance. My neighbor had to be rushed to the hospital. Plows never returned to clear the roads. There are 4 bus stops in front of my house and there is not enough space to make the turn nor a safe place for children to stand and wait for the bus. Let's face it, our streets are narrow enough, one pass on every street is not enough for residents. Drivers cannot pull into snowbanks 4-8ft high for oncoming cars never mind buses to get by. Schools must be cancelled. More plows and snow removal equipment needs to be brought into the town of Stratford immediately.
Karin Westbrook February 12, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Champion Terrace has not been done.
cheryl halchak February 12, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Our neighbor at the top of the street plowed himself out, so when the town trucks went by us at 2 am this morning, they passed us right by on Bunnell Avenue, thinking we were plowed. The rest of us down the end of the dead end are still stuck. :(
Jim Ravis February 12, 2013 at 06:19 PM
We just heard that Stratford schools are closed Wednesday. Epic failure! All of the schools I drive by today are still snowed in.
Theresa February 12, 2013 at 06:26 PM
At least the mayor of Bridgeport has been forthright and honest about the abysmal snow removal efforts in the city. It's not whether the mayor could prepare for this event or the efforts of the PW to clear the roads, it's that misinformation and misleading statements are being given. Best to admit the worst and pray for the best.
Theresa February 12, 2013 at 06:28 PM
It's political. Ignoring realistic expectations and continuing to fear the wrath of housebound parents who want to return to normalcy, Harkins refuses to admit he's over his head (in snow) and state the obvious. Schools will be closed...perhaps until Friday. We should post Intrade odds on this one.
Concerned February 12, 2013 at 06:29 PM
I agree that Mayor Finch has been forthright with information, but all decisions have been REACTIVE. The same arguments are happening in Bridgeport that are happening in Stratford. In terms of schools, Milford and many other surrounding districts were proactive in October by beginning discussions of a February Break removal.
Nancy Lizak Milan February 12, 2013 at 06:30 PM
the way i see it , at least the kids are safe at home. Most streets have one lane plowed with nowhere for children to stand at bus stops. Look at all the snow people, give the town a break and be patient !!
Theresa February 12, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Well they were PLOWED. A rivulet of road or an occasional patch of asphalt is the new definition of "plowed". Forget new firetrucks, let's buy some payloaders and hire more PWs. This will not be the last BIG ONE.
Theresa February 12, 2013 at 06:34 PM
The crossing guard at Nichols School will have to stand on a 10ft snow mound and direct kids across the street. Can you see the parent cars lined up for drop offs? It's a mess during NORMAL road conditions.
Karin Westbrook February 12, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Just went on Mayor Hawkins' FB site and saw his comment about neighbors helping neighbors. Yes, it is great to see neighbors helping neighbors as my neighbors have done. Thankfully we can rely on each other. It is quite apparent that we can't rely on the Town of Stratford for help. Know those out there that are plowing are working hard. Just think that it was very poor planning on the Town's part. We all knew a major storm was coming a week before it hit. Yes, we got an extraordinary amount of snow. But 4 days later, we still have unplowed streets and supposedly plowed streets that are barely passable.
Karin Westbrook February 12, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Hallelujah - Champion Terrace just got plowed. And the plower did a good job.
Meghan February 12, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Grahm in Stratford at the end closer to Bport dug themselves out yesterday too. We all came together but this is sad, where I grew up in NH snow like this happened. We got plowed and got on with life with in a day. I told Mayor Hawkins to call the City of Nashua NH and ask their plan and follow it from now on. My parents in NH went out for dinner Sat night! They need to switch this week to Feb Vacation!
Meghan February 12, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Oh and Taxes in Nashua NH are less than half of what I pay in taxes at this end of Stratford
Mike Reynolds February 12, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Schools are the last priority. Roads need to be cleared first then the schools. Just the way it is. If resources were diverted this weekend to clear out the schools instead of roads people would be flipping out more than they already are.
Karen E Daden February 12, 2013 at 09:07 PM
We on Curtis Ave shoveled out and had a party. Great time was had by all and our new neighbors were introduced. Self help and compassion. Carolyn these dpw guys have been out doing their best in a worst case situation. It is times like this that citizens should ban together and help our town. No one could have planned for having 2 disasters as we have had. Town crews are doing their best. It is not easy driving a snow plow (I actually had the opportunity to do just that). With the snow now melting it takes front loaders going back and forth to move it. Just think of this as a chance to meet your neighbors and give something back to your community.
Karen E Daden February 12, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Epic storm not epic failure. Grab a shovel and help out. Exactly how do you remove this much snow in a short period of time. Where do you put it. Malloy finally is allowing shore communities to drop it in the water. The National Guard has also been called out for this area. Sandy and Nemo. How do you plan for it? You can't. Step into Harkins shoes for a day. It's not easy. But if you have a plan I do think you should contact him.
Theresa February 13, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Karen E Daden had some great stories about neighbors helping neighbors and "self help and compassion". Maybe we have become too soft and needy. I took a neighbor shopping because she can't get her car out and I have a car with AWD. I really started to think about how we have become so impossibly reliant on others instead of doing for ourselves. The Curtis Avenue party sounded awesome. Good spirits all of them.
NoSno Job February 13, 2013 at 04:20 AM
Peters Lane was not plowed by the town. A truck came by but never lowered the blade. My neighbor Marcel used his Bobcat to clear a narrow lane to the end. Horray. The DPW didn't do s***. This mayor is FOS.
nick February 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM
just moved three vehicles back to curb line......can now go to work, with out worrying about parking vehicles.....thank you councilman/mayor/pw/contractors for a great job.....and it is a great job.......lessons learned, leave it to town mgrs to manage......mayor and council will take care of us in our great town.......
Robert Chambers February 13, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Noticed that Short Beach entrance had been plowed open as I drove by this morning. Why is the beach complex more important than houses or schools?
Karen E Daden February 13, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Have you talked to one of the DPW workers....Patience, understanding of the historic size of this storm and helping your neighbors is needed at this time. I too would like to see clearer streets. The Gov. is sending some of the big equipment in. Bottom line...we taxpayers could force the Town to buy more and bigger equipment. Higher taxes? We all need to take a big breath and do what ever we can do within our neighborhoods. Grab a shovel or hire a kid and shovel. Luckily we are not back in the 1950's when Jasper McLeavy said God put it there let Him take it away. If you have an idea on how to move tons of snow quickly let's hear it.
Karen E Daden February 13, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Malloy is now allowing Snow to be dumped into the water. To do this they need to get to the water. Snow will be dumped in the parking lot and on the beach if they can get into the park.
mary ryan February 13, 2013 at 06:49 PM
I think schools should be closed until snow is removed to a point that is safe for our children to stand on corners and wait for the school busses. So what if this year they don't put in the required number of school days! Dealing with 2 severe storms so far this year should be reason enough to not even think about extending the school year to a point that they are all fainting in the schools from the heat. No learning will be accomplished anyway, so chalk it up to Mother Nature dealing us a few bad hands and just go back and complete whatever they can this year without adding extra days.
Mike February 14, 2013 at 12:17 AM
I think I will buy my own machine so that, when this happens again, I will not be stuck in the houase at the mercy of the town with a history of never clearing the street of snow.
Sue February 14, 2013 at 03:02 AM
The Christ Church parking lot on Main Street, which the town is leasing for train station parking, was plowed this morning from one end to the other. Why? Only a few cars park there on a daily basis! A small section was all that was necessary to clear. The time spent on clearing the lot could have been better used to clear some of the unplowed streets.

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