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Council welcomes storm comments, none given

By Alexa Hone, Media Intern
Published on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Greer City Council didn't have to spend much time on hearing downtown merchants complaining about the city's snow and ice cleanup last weekend.

No one spoke, merchants or residents, at City Council during public forum or when City Administrator Ed Driggers gave a storm report on the city’s efforts to plow and sand 1,368 miles of city streets.

Which can be interpreted that everybody is happy with the city’s performance during a weekend storm that shut down businesses, churches and schools.

Two days after some downtown merchants criticized public officials in their handling of ice and snow cleanup efforts, none appeared before council to speak directly.

Here are some of the things they would have learned at city council.

Driggers was out of town at a conference but stayed in contact with Skipper Burns, director of public services, fire, police and emergency personnel throughout the storm.

Burns and public service employees ate and slept at the Operations Center to be available around the clock. Winter Storm Jonas was a 24-hour event with freezing rain, sleet and around five inches of snow in the Greer area. Fallen trees and limbs needed to be removed to prevent hazards at eight locations

Eleven extra employees were brought in Thursday evening until Monday morning and accumulated 415 hours of overtime.

Driggers said he was “pleased how the city responded to the snowstorm but is always looking for improvements.

Typically downtown merchants do not have a representative at city council meetings. Tuesday night was not an exception.

Driggers also reported:

• 105 tons of sand was spread

• 1,100 pounds of ice melt was spread on city sidewalks

• City had one complaint, a mailbox was destroyed during plowing operations

 

 

 

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