Springfield Mayor issued apology for road conditions following major snowstorm

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SPRINGFIELD (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno issued an apology to residents for the conditions of city streets after last week’s storm.

In a statement sent to 22News Sarno said, “My apologies, as we all know Mother Nature has a mind of her own, but we must and will be better prepared.”

The snow has created major issues along roadways in Springfield and 22News spoke with many residents who are nervous for even the small amount of snow we are getting Tuesday night. Mayor Sarno announced he has directed the Springfield Department of Public Works to do the following:

  • Review street inspector procedures
  • Manage city plowing sub-contractors more carefully
  • Pre-treat roads before storms more efficiently.

He is also asking on the Springfield Police Department to ticket and tow any vehicles that are illegally parking during a storm. Mayor Sarno thanked residents for their “constructive criticism, patience, and understanding.”

Mayor Sarno Issues Apology and DPW Directive on Snow Removal Policy:

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states this past mis-forecasted storm was difficult for all of us, but even with these challenges, we always strive to do better – my apologies and I thank and appreciate our residents constructive criticism, patience, and understanding.  Having conversed with DPW Director Chris Cignoli a number of times during these back to back storms that netted us nearly 19 inches of snow and having traversed a number of side streets in questions – some with on street parking issues and others without, I have directed DPW Director Cignoli to do the following:

  • Review our street inspector procedures
  • Full court press with our Springfield police department with ticketing and towing
  • Aggressive management and accountability of our plowing sub-contractors
  • Expanded pre-treatment of our roads

Again, my apologies, as we all know Mother Nature has a mind of her own, but we must and will be better prepared.

Last week’s snowstorms dropped almost 2 feet of snow on Springfield leaving roads covered with snow and ice. The city’s snow removal team had a tough time keeping up. The DPW director outlined several contributing factors.

“Thirteen inches in a storm, 6 inches before so you’re dealing with 18 inches,” said Chris Cignoli, DPW director. “B was the timing of it knowing that we’re plowing during the day. And really it was the time of day when everybody is out and about on the roadway.”

A week later after the storm – many side streets were still covered in ice leaving many residents outraged.

Renee Click, a Springfield resident said, “I live on Sumner Ave., Magnolia Terrace was a mess, all the streets were a mess I called the DPW at least 15 times about it.”

“Yeah, I respect what he’s saying by doing that because the roads, the back roads they weren’t ready,” said Germey Linsky. “Yeah, the back roads were pretty messed up they didn’t get called out until late.”

During severe weather, Springfield like many municipalities issues a parking ban. When it’s in effect residents can’t park on the even side of the street from 7 p.m. – 7 a.m. And you can’t park on the odd side from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

And more reason to pay attention to the parking bans, Mayor Sarno said he’s asking the police department to ticket and tow any vehicles that are illegally parked during a storm.

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