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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."

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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