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City tries to deal with large snowfall

January 3, 2014

Any way you look at it, and everywhere you look, it’s about snow....

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Jan-06-14 7:06 PM

What does the Parks and recreation Dept do all winter? Is there nobody there that can help clean the streets or is that against union rules also?

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Jan-04-14 10:26 AM

hadenough, really? why can't the driver pick up the garbage. Have you ever had a job of that capacity? Think about what you typed....I am no fan of unions, but that has nothing to do with it, its common sense.

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Jan-03-14 6:27 PM

Commentator,the Fredonia street dept. has been superior, in all stages, compared to Dunkirk for decades.I remember when we lived back ther Fredonia streets were always cleaned. They were out at 4/5 AM if there was snow forecast. I realize there is less area to maintain, but also less personal.

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Jan-03-14 5:04 PM

Dunkirk snow plowing is a joke period. maybe the welfare could all get shovels yeah right they'd all be at the emergency room crying about something

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Jan-03-14 12:26 PM

LOL, steiner jr.

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Jan-03-14 11:50 AM

Three people on a garbage truck are you kidding me. Why not two? Or is there something in the union contract that prohibits the driver from picking up trash? Yea that's it. Then the three of them take a long slow ride to the transfer station. Tough life these city employees have.

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Jan-03-14 11:42 AM

I was just out and about in Fredonia and the roads are all plowed and easy to navigate. Good job Fredonia plow guys.

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Jan-03-14 9:59 AM

hadenough, did you read the article? They have 13 employees, 6 of them doing trash and recycling....With that said,so typical of the politician(mayor)to throw the employees under the bus, when they answer to him. the mayor is a joke!

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Jan-03-14 9:39 AM

So you mean to say all 75 people should know how to perform every job in the department ? really ? Just like at work you know how to do every job. driving a plow truck is not as easy as you think.

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Jan-03-14 9:09 AM

I don't see why we can't use private contractors to plow the narrow side streets. Oh wait! First we have to go to the unions that control the city and say "may we hire private contractors?" Generally speaking, I have been satisfoed with the road conditions because I know that severe weather was extreme and it is not a perfect world.

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Jan-03-14 7:47 AM

Where is this mayor coming from? If you have say 75 people assigned to the department and have five pieces of equipment what are the other 70 people going to do? Answer draw a paycheck. So it does not matter the number of personnel its how you use the equipment you have. And that is the problem in the city instead of using what you have the city would rather go out and hire more. Insanity yes.

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Jan-03-14 7:37 AM

While growing up in Dunkirk I remember a yearly tradition that used to take place.

Every fall the City would talk about hiring part time workers to help with plowing, and of course the union and it's members would instantly start complaining because it would reduce the amount of overtime that was available. Then once the snow would start to fall the union and it's members would start complaining about having to work so much overtime due to plowing.

As for manpower, I notice that while they talk about having fewer they don't actually put any numbers to it. I would be curious to see not only how many people they had to plow 10-20-30 years ago but also how many plows in each of those years compared to today as well.

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Jan-03-14 5:41 AM

Dunkirk's biggest problem with a snow like this is the alternate parking. No matter what they do, there are spots that are a mess, and the local residents aren't always very good about helping to clean up after their cars are moved. It's not the fault of the public works employees. 8 hours of no cars in the road certainly makes it easier for other municipalities to catch up. I've seen plows going by my house VERY regularly. They're doing the best they can.

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