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Updated: How Would You Rate Swampscott’s Plowing During the Storm?

Is the town off to a good start in 2014?

Plows on Paradise. Credit: Terry Date
Plows on Paradise. Credit: Terry Date

Now that the blizzard is in the books, it’s time for you to rate how the town's and state's plows handled all the snow that fell on Thursday, it was at least a foot.

Feel free to give praise or thanks, express frustrations or offer up constructive criticism in the comments section below.

Editor's note: We updated the story to make clear that the question above applies to all roads in Swampscott — those maintained by the town and its contractors as well as state maintained Paradise.

Rick Rawlins January 03, 2014 at 05:40 PM
Gino and crew—I'm glad to be given the opportunity to thank you. You do a great job. Hope you are now somewhere warm.
JustAMom January 04, 2014 at 12:13 AM
i think they did a great job-we usually never see a plow until sometime after the snow but this time, the sanding was done right away and then the plowing was continuous up until around 4 or 5 am or so and then i never saw it again which was puzzling but we did okay so thank you-much improved and appreciated
Rob Hopkins January 04, 2014 at 07:16 AM
I drove down Humprey St. yesterday afternoon (Friday) around 1pm. The sun was out, the sky was blue & I thought I was on a Snow Machine trail in northern Maine. There isn't much evidence of salt or sand on any road in Swampscott- never mind the main roads. I don't know which plowing contractor is going to be blamed this time, but the roads in Swampscott yesterday afternoon were in deplorable condition.
Buzz January 04, 2014 at 07:48 AM
Meh, they were so-so for the most part. Some better than others, but overall the roads in Salem were far better than Swampscott. I was only in those two towns yesterday. Unfortunately, it seems roads in all neighboring towns are usually better than ours...including Marblehead. That's been my experience the past few years.
Chris January 04, 2014 at 08:19 AM
Stop forgetting the side walks near Vinnin sq/ across from whole foods/ gourmet garden and bus stops! One day someone will get hurt standing in the street or walking on paradise rd due to this oversight. I was nearly hit turning a corner near crownpointe. My real estate taxes went up about 400-500 this year, I'm sure we can afford it.
Chris January 04, 2014 at 08:21 AM
The back roads near the water tower such as prospect st etc are always covered. Usually two wheel drive will stall there.
JustAMom January 05, 2014 at 09:09 AM
yes Buzz after i got out yesterday and drove to various places, the streets such as essex, humphrey etc were not so great but as soon as i hit marblehead or salem it was pavement so it eludes me why we cannot do the same - is there a reason?
Louis Massei January 05, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Yes, money, man power, equipment and the lack of foresight to maintain anything in this town till its hemorrhaging. You can't blame Gino when he is given crumbs for a budget and somehow maintains what we have with it. Private contracters depending on who you hire will not drop the blade fully and for the most part do the bare minimum....
Rob Hopkins January 05, 2014 at 03:01 PM
This isn't Gino's fault by any stretch. I feel a significant amount of culpability falls cleanly of the doorstep of every Town Meeting member who year after year, have voted against increases in the DPW budget. Be they capital investments (the salt bin that was voted down the past TWO years in a row, I believe), equipment, and manpower. It's a miracle we get any fields maintained, roads paved and/or patched, and anything else the DPW is responsible for with the budget they have approved by Town Meeting every year. Let's instead, farm it out to contractors who won't even let their plow blades touch the asphalt for fear of ruining their plow blades. If the blades aren't touching the street, the snow isn't being plowed as well as it could be. Hence, the town isn't getting value for their dollar. Hey town Asministrator, are you reading this? What is the process for accessing the performance of those contracted out to plow snow for our town?
Citizen Swamp January 05, 2014 at 03:52 PM
TD, How about a chart with miles of roadways in Swampscott and neighboring towns and the manpower devoted to those roads. Also Terry does the Board of Health have their heavy hand involved in snow removal ie. reductions in salt or ice melter to save our environment? CS
David Arsenault January 05, 2014 at 04:46 PM
Couldn't help seeing the criticism for lack of salt dumped on dry packed powder. Don't see the problem here, what if anything your vehicle is being saved from the corrosion!!!

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