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Joliet city staff to re-evaulate snow plowing efforts

Staff will prepare report for Feb. 17 City Council meeting

Snowplows drive down Brentwood Place in Joliet on Sunday. The city of Joliet said it is going to re-evaluate its approach to snow removal.
Snowplows drive down Brentwood Place in Joliet on Sunday. The city of Joliet said it is going to re-evaluate its approach to snow removal.

JOLIET — City officials plan to re-evaluate their approach to snow removal and prepare a report to be given at an upcoming Joliet City Council meeting.

The mayor and city council have directed the city manager to prepare a plan to better address the types of snowfalls like the experienced Sunday, according to a news release from the city.

The re-evaluation follows aggravation from residents and City Council members over snow-plowing efforts after a winter storm hit Joliet on Sunday and left the city with more than 15 inches of snow.

Some residents have voiced their complaints that roads were not plowed enough, and Councilmen Larry Hug and Bob O’Dekirk have suggested the need for more plow trucks. City officials have said record snowfall made plowing difficult.

City Manager Jim Hock said Thursday afternoon city staff will be debriefed on the week’s efforts to keep the roads clear and safe.

All department staff involved – communications, police, fire, emergency response and roads – will attend, he said.

“We’ll just talk about what worked, what didn’t work and what could be [done] differently and what we can do differently in the future,” he said.

Findings from that meeting are scheduled to be presented to the City Council on Feb. 17. Hock said he also plans to broach, from a budgetary standpoint, how the city will tackle future snow storms similar’ to Sunday’s.

Hug has said the city needs more plow trucks, as roughly 30 trucks were not enough. O’Dekirk has suggested the city seek help from the Illinois Department of Transportation for this week’s snow.

In a statement, city officials said Mayor Thomas Giarrante, City Manager Jim Hock and Public Works Director Jim Trizna have decided the city will employ contractors to assist snowplowing teams should snow storms like this happen again.

The contractors will have the “appropriate equipment” to assist snowplow teams in plowing, salting and snow removal from streets and subdivision roads.

Giarrante did not return phone calls Thursday seeking comment.

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