EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


December 20, 2013

Editorial: Plow performance needs improvement


“The timing of the storm was not the best,” Salem public works director Rick Russell told reporter John Toole.

While it is next to impossible to plow a highway clogged with cars, road crews could have done a better job elsewhere.

In Derry, plow operators seems to have little care for people’s property. Resident Lori Trickel said she lost a mailbox to a plow driver in the weekend storm.

“I went out and yelled at him,” Trickel said.

“Deal with it, lady,” came the plow driver’s response, she said.

“He could have at least said he was sorry,” Trickel said.

Derry resident Cheryl Atkinson had an unwelcome encounter with a sidewalk plow operator. The plow damaged the fence in front of her home.

“He destroyed my Christmas decorations. I’m not a happy camper,” Atkinson said. “The fence is hanging. It’s, like, bent.”

People can call the public works department in those cases, but Director Mike Fowler said the town’s policy is not to replace items damaged within eight feet of the pavement.

Winter is just getting started — the season does not officially begin until tomorrow.

These first two snowstorms of the season put road clearing crews to the test. We hope their performance will improve over the rest of the season.

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