The Northfield City Council discussed truck parking in the Babcock Park (rodeo grounds/dog park) parking lot at Monday’s meeting. I wasn’t there but caught a bit of the discussion on a KYMN news report yesterday. It seems that there was staff and Council consensus that this was NOT a good place for semis to park overnight, maybe they were just missing some of these semi truck parts for a repair. I’m not sure of all the reasoning but evidently visual blight was one of them. I’ve always thought it was a perfect spot for the semis: close to the highway, rarely used parking lot, lot big enough for trucks to turn around.
Yes, the streets and city parking lots were plowed last night. No, the snow was not removed from downtown. The 6 am photo outside the GBM where I’m blogging this is proof.
We dealt with this issue back in December with the blog post, City’s downtown snow plowing/snow removal policy: dumb-ass or not? I stand by City Adminstrator Joel Walinski and the City street department’s policy. So qwitcherbellyaching, Bart. Park that Hummer of yours and get out there and dig some trenches for me.
Downtown resident and building owner Bart de Malignon sent me his photos of the results of the City’s snow plowing this morning in downtown Northfield after last night’s 3-4” snowfall.
He didn’t like what he saw.
I’ve not thought a lot about this but the City’s policy seems reasonable to me.
The trucks plow the snow to the curb after a snowfall which, of course, makes parking difficult for the day. I think that’s better than pushing the snow onto the sidewalk, making walking on the sidewalk difficult for the day or forcing retailers to do a lot of sidewalk shoveling.
City crews return late at night after a snowfall to remove all the snow from downtown. Doing it twice wouldn’t be cost-effective.
Is there a better way for the City to do downtown snow plowing/removal?
12/10 1 pm update:
Here are three photos from January 2005 showing downtown snow removal.