Mayor Coleman Rolls Out New City Snow Removal Plans
Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman admits the city could have done a better job clearing snow and ice-covered roads, after the third snowiest winter on record for Central Ohio.
Mayor Coleman spoke only with 10TV to explain his action plan to make sure it doesn't happen again He says he plans to spend millions of dollars to do so.
Coleman says he plans to nearly double the number of city plow trucks and react quicker when the snow starts to fall.
"Our average snowfall is 31 inches. What we had experienced this year is among the worst in the history of our city, almost 53 inches" said Mayor Coleman.
To make matters worse, a thick coating of ice covered the biggest snowfall.
"This past winter, we were tested as a community with some of the largest, most difficult snow environment that we've ever had in our city. But it is clear, the city could have done better," said Coleman.
Mayor Coleman wants to see change for next winter and has a plan.
He says plow trucks will get to side streets faster when the snow falls.
"Getting in there before 48 hours is important, rather than after that 48 hours because that four inches turns into one inch of ice," said Coleman.
He also wants contractors on the road sooner.
Coleman says he wants to expand and improve on the city's current fleet of trucks. $3.3 million dollars from the Capital Budget will buy 25 new trucks, in addition to the 27 that have already been ordered. It brings the total number of city plow trucks to 108. Coleman says he is confident in that new total.
He also says the city is working on a new website to allow people at home to track the plow trucks real-time online.
When asked if he was disappointed in the past winter clean-up effort, Coleman said, "I can't say I was disappointed, but I can tell you we can do better. We can do better as a city."
Mayor Coleman also says the city is stockpiling salt, in order to prepare for the next snow emergency.