I would be remiss if I did not comment on the township’s snow removal talents. I just ventured on to the roads from my house in the Great Valley to Gateway Shopping Center, traveling through Chesterbrook. We have lived here for 25 years and I have known Chesterbrook Blvd. to stay snow-covered for days, even with a snow accumulation of only a few inches. Not this time! (and I think there may be 20 inches). I was simply amazed at the fabulous job that has been done within 12 hours of the last snowflake falling — Kudos to the Public Works Department!
When I was checking out at Trader Joes, the clerk (Randy) asked me if I lived in Tredyffrin (totally unsolicited question). I say yes, and why did he ask? He proceeds to tell me that he had just driven to Trader Joes for work, from southern Chester County and that the roads were very bad. That is until he gets to Tredyffrin Township. We he got to Tredyffrin, Randy says “it was like magic, all the roads were cleared, even the secondary roads!” Randy was so impressed with the township snow removal that he was telling everyone who went through the check-out lane! I told him that I knew a few of the people responsible and I would make sure that his compliments were passed on to them.
I am going to make sure that this blog posting goes to the township Public Works Director Steve Norcini and Township Manager Mimi Gleason, along with members of the Board of Supervisors. With our township supervisors voting tomorrow night on the final budget for 2010, I think we all should be glad that this winter wonderland blizzard occurred in 2009, rather than in 2010. Will there even be funding in the budget for snow removal in 2010? I really didn’t understand the discussion at the last Board of Supervisor’s meeting concerning the ‘renewal’ of the snow removal contract. It would lead me to believe that there was an outside contractor hired for snow removal; yet today I saw one township truck after another on the roads with plows and sand.
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Too often we don’t take the time to acknowledge the great work by township staff – from responding emergencies, repairing roads and traffic lights, to plowing our roads.
I hope we don’t short change the budget that can have a direct impact on our quality of life.
What you don’t know is that cuts were made this year regarding staffing for snow removal… yet a great job was still done by all… proving that maybe as a township if we re-think what we are doing maybe we can reduce expenses but still enjoy good service!
Keep in mind we are still in 2009. The cuts won’t take full effect until 2010. I wouldn’t get too excited just yet. Thank you to Public Works and the various contractors for dealing with the snow.
You are wrong… there were cuts to staff in 2009.
A note here: it seemed to me that my cul-de-sac was plowed much more quickly and effectively than in years past, leaving perhaps a little more in front of driveways for residents to do themselves, but nothing material and obviously understandable given the size of the snowfall.
Most organizations can find a way to work more smartly given resource constraints.
Our Township needs to find a way to tangibly reward its administration that continues to perform magnificently. Note that this year our operating results are around $1 million ahead of budget (although still drawing down reserves).