Are You Kidding Me?

I finally heard back from the City of Brookings, regarding their lack of snow removal. This is what I submitted to them:

I’m submitting this request to find out why after advance notice of snowfall, the city was not out plowing any of the major arteries this morning. Driving to drop my son off at daycare, and then going to work, the roads were very nearly impassable, and yet, private businesses had plows, clearing their parking lots. This is unacceptable, especially in light of the mild winter we’ve had. This is the first major snowfall this winter, and the city seems to have dropped the ball.

I submitted my complaint right around 8 a.m., last Friday morning. It wasn’t any secret that we were going to get about three inches of snow overnight, and that it would pretty much be over by about 10 a.m. that day. Plenty of notice to the sanding and plow crews, right? Here’s the city’s reply to me:

Sanders were dispatched at 4am 01/20/12. Plows were dispatched at 10am 01/20/12. Emergency routes are handled first, followed by secondary, then residential. Please contact us at 605-692-2016 if you wish further details.

Really? You waited until 10 a.m. to even start plowing the emergency routes?! What if there had been someone who needed an ambulance at 8:30 or 9:00 that morning? There was more than one instance where our car almost got stuck due to all the snow (fat lot of good the sanders did 3 1/2 hours before we headed off to work), and I know we weren’t the only ones! I forwarded it to a coworker, who was as shocked as I was. I can only imagine how things will be tomorrow, as we’re supposed to get another inch and a half of sleet and snow overnight tonight.

We ran errands this evening, after having dinner at Backyard Grill. I tried some of their boneless wings this time:


Honey-Garlic wings. More honey than garlic, but still decent. I had hoped for something more spicy, something closer to buffalo wings. No matter, though. They were good enough. After that, we went grocery shopping. It was a stock-up trip, although I’ll have to go back on Saturday. They were out of Fage, unfortunately. I got some fruit, fresh and frozen:


I’ll carve up the pineapple tomorrow night, so Jay has something to snack on. I also got a lot of meat:


Allison mentioned fixing scalloped potatoes, and I thought that since it’s going to be rather crappy this weekend, scalloped potatoes with ham would be nice. I didn’t get much in the way of dairy:


I’m going to make manicotti again…Possibly Sunday evening. And I needed more manicotti:


The big jug of vinegar is actually for laundry–I’ve been using a natural laundry detergent, and with my microfiber cloths, you can’t use fabric softener. Instead, a quarter cup of vinegar in the rinse does the trick. After the grocery store, we stopped to get gas (the tank was almost empty), and I picked up a couple junk food items:


The Twix is gone. Chocolate and peanut butter are not safe around me! I’m very much looking forward to tomorrow evening. I picked up a loaf of ciabatta and it’ll go very nicely with the pasta I’m planning on making–With the 3-ingredient sauce. Yum!

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7 Replies to “Are You Kidding Me?”

  1. Ok… sanders were dispatched first? So the plow could come by 6 hours later to plow it up? I agree the ball has been dropped this year.

    • No kidding. And the snow continued to fall, which meant the sanders did pretty much nothing. And like my husband pointed out, it’s not like this happened in March, at the end of a long, snow-filled winter, and the city’s snow-removal fund was broke. No, they have plenty of money–They haven’t had to plow until last week! I will give the city a little credit, though…This is the first year since we bought our house that our street has been cleaned off. Usually (because we have a lot of rentals around us), it’s like an ice rink, and there are piles everywhere, because the city also never seems to issue parking bans or enforce them when they are issued!

  2. It has always amazed me how our shopping carts must look exactly alike.
    We are having 75 degrees here and we are sick of it. I am off to Tahoe and who would have thunk that in January/february they are having to MAKE snow!!! Ugh! I will trade ya Rachel!

  3. So sorry about the disappointing response from the city! UGH!

    And I must say I am so jealous you have a Hy-Vee close…that’s one of the things that I miss about living in Iowa the most! My closest Hy-Vee is an hour away!

    • Yeah, I think our city’s pretty lame. Even people from smaller towns than ours are amazed at how crappy of a job Brookings does with snow removal.

      I didn’t think I’d like Hy-Vee as much when I first moved here, but ours is pretty good. Still, I miss shopping at Kroger!

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