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Road crews exemplary following snowstorms


Dear Editor,

I take exception to your previous contributor who complained about the snowplowing of our roads in a letter to the editor in last week's issue.

I, too, live on Brown City Road in Goodland Township, only about one mile south of the previous writer. I have always found our County Road Commission to do an excellent job keeping the roads open.

I suspect the writer was referring to the snowstorm of February 6th of this year. As I recall, the road crews were out early salting and clearing the roads. This went on all day as roughly 9 to 12 inches of heavy wet snow fell. I'm sure that by 10 p.m. that evening the crews were exhausted and many were probably sent home for some rest. This so they could continue working safely and effectively the next day.

As of 4:30 a.m. the next morning as I attempted to get to work, it is true that Brown City Road was no more than a two-track lane through the snow. And, in fact, I made it no farther than part way across Bowers Road where my car high-centered on the snow. Silly me for even attempting to navigate the snow with a small car under these conditions. I called my place of employment and told them I could not get in due to the snow.

But by 8 a.m. the snow plow had cleared Brown City Road, and as I was digging my car out at 9 a.m., they were clearing Bowers Road.

Those of us who live on Brown City Road are fortunate in that, being a primary road it is one of the first roads cleared after the freeway and state trunk lines.

My thanks and appreciation go out to all those road crews who spend so much time and energy keeping the roads open, especially during weather and at hours when most of us would prefer to be comfortably at home.

Todd Townley, Goodland Township
February 27, 2008

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