Vernon mayor defends snow clearing

Akbal Mund says he is satisfied city crews did everything they could to clear roads during the storm Jan. 4 and 5,

Vernon’s mayor isn’t apologizing about road conditions after a major snow storm.

Akbal Mund says he is satisfied city crews did everything they could to clear roads during the storm Jan. 4 and 5, and to remove giant piles of snow in the days following.

“When you get a snowfall you haven’t had since 1937, you need to look at that,” he said of the city’s ability to keep up with steady snowfall over two days.

The public works department’s office received 350 complaints about road conditions while managers, council and city hall front desk staff received  complaints directly.

Mund, who received five complaints personally,  points out that trucks have been kept at a steady pace hauling the snow away from main routes and side streets.

“It takes time. It doesn’t happen as fast as people would like. People say get more crews, but all of the crews (contractors) were busy,” he said.

“I understand people’s frustration but we are trying to please a majority of the people and I think we’ve done a good job of that.”

Snow removal on major roads is being done overnight to minimize the disruption to motorists.

Over the weekend, crews wrapped up snow removal on 27th Street and 32nd Street. On Monday night, snow was taken away from the downtown core east of 32nd Street, while the area west of 32nd Street was done Tuesday night.  That will be followed by Highway 6, near Polson Park, and 48th Avenue.

Vernon Transit’s Route #4 – East Hill is now operating on its regular route and schedule after the storm. Temporary no parking signs have been posted on 26th Street near the Catholic church.

 

Vernon Morning Star