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What Do You Think About Swampscott's Snow Plowing This Winter?

Give your praise, voice your concern and let the town know what you think about snow plowing this winter.

File photo.
File photo.

The past three weeks have seen one snowstorm after another barrel up the east coast and dump more snow onto the area.

Plowing snow is often a thankless job. There is rarely praise, but there are few things that raise a person’s ire more than snow-covered streets days after a snowstorm has passed.

With us now deep into February and after three weeks of snowstorms, we want to know: How would you rate Swampscott's snow removal this winter?

How has the town done this winter? What have been your experiences?

Let us know in the comments section below. Give your praise, voice your concern and let the town know what you think about snow plowing this winter.

jsw00015 February 19, 2014 at 02:06 PM
I've lived in this town for 3 years now, and as far as the sidewalks are concerned its pretty pathetic. Does this town own a sidewalk plow/blower? I live in between the Middle School and Stanley School and the secondary sidewalks leading to these schools are still not shovelled. I dont have any kids... but I have almost gotten run over a dozen times walking my dog. I can only imagine what the kids in the neighborhood would say about thier walk before/after school. Its got to be frightening to be a parent to say the least.
Paula February 19, 2014 at 04:04 PM
I think the town has done a great job with the limited budget they have. I agree about the sidewalks being a mess but, shouldn't it be the responsibility of the home owner to clear their property? Maybe if the town fined home owners like they are doing in Lynn, it wouldn't be so bad.
JustAMom February 19, 2014 at 07:09 PM
i could be mistaken but i think property owners are required by law to clear a pathway on their property - the plowing this year as compared to yrs past in my part of town is markedly improved and is appreciated-hopefully the town will be on top of the potholes in the warmer weather-that will be challenging
Derek February 19, 2014 at 09:13 PM
I live on Middlesex Ave and the snowplowing is nothing short of ridiculous!!! The same plow man does an inordinate amount of laps around our block, over and over an over again when it not necessary. It is a complete waste of our town's budget and tax money. I have literally called both the police and DPW to demand the he stop, hours after a snow but I guess the lure of double and triple-time wages on a Sunday evening is too much to resist! Sure just go do laps around Middlesex for a couple of hours, that ought to fatten up a paycheck! It is ridiculous...
Restless February 19, 2014 at 09:21 PM
I clear my sidewalk in a timely manner both during and after storms. If town contractors (I am particularly fond of the young guy blasting death metal) then come and push ice and snow back over there I have cleared then I am done and do not attempt to clear it again. Once the packed ice gets pushed onto sidewalks it is time to call in a small bobcat alongside school walking routes. I have seen the bobcat clearing the sidewalks along the cemetery.....why not the main walking routes (Middlesex, Norfolk, Forrest Ave, Stetson etc etc)
B. Block February 20, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Being a resident of Marblehead, yet have loved ones in Swampscott, I do keep up with news and events in Swampscott. In regard to snow removal Marblehead is leaps and bounds better at it than Swampscott. This has been the story for decades! Just pass into Swampscott from Marblehead on either Tedesco, Humphrey or Atlantic. The difference is incredible. One question; WHY?
neal.perlstein February 20, 2014 at 01:44 PM
If I'm not mistaken it is NOT the law that sidewalks have to be cleared in Swampscott. I seem to remember when it was brought up at a Town Meeting it went nowhere. Lame excuses such as the elderly who can't afford to have someone clear the snow was thrown out. Another was that if they clear the snow and someone slips and falls that homeowners could be sued if they cleared their sidewalk and somebody fell. Try walking on Puritan Road where people drive too fast and people who have their driveways plowed and leave giant piles of snow on the sidewalks making them even more impassable. Pathetic. I just hope nobody gets killed because our fearless leaders inaction. Time to institute a law.
Whisky February 20, 2014 at 06:29 PM
The law was decisively voted down a couple of years ago. I know the folks who drafted the proposal put in a lot of work into it, but the town was not ready yet. Maybe someone wants to try again?
jabriones February 21, 2014 at 03:04 PM
I'm curious as to why the town plow only goes in one direction on our street and negates plowing our side of the street. When they do plow our side of the street they push a portion of the snow up against a pole which is only 2 feet away from our driveway. This blocks us in and I'm forced to shovel a more compacted snow pile. If the plow drivers would just take a minute to see where the home owners on Tidd Street shovel all the snow they would be enlightened as to where they can pile it up.
jsw00015 February 24, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Just want to add one more thing....to the 2 residents who live on Lewis Rd and Forest Ave adjascent to the middle school who use thier own snow-blowers to clear the sidewalks on Lewis Rd, Sargent Rd and a large portion of Forest Rd. I want to personally thank you for clearing out that large stretch of sidewalks!! The kids walking to school would be in the streets if it werent for you. So Thank you again!!

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