Friday, February 4, 2011

Ald. Lyle critical of city's blizzard response

From a Tribune article yesterday:
Ald. Freddrenna Lyle was frustrated with the response in her 6th Ward, saying only three salt spreaders were on the streets instead of the five she had been promised. And she said she also received fewer pieces of equipment than she expected to get snow off the especially narrow side streets.

"I don't know where they are, maybe in the downtown business district," Lyle said of the missing snow-removal machines. "It's important to clear downtown so people can get back to work, but it's important to clear the neighborhood streets so people can get back to work too."
Extraordinary times!

UPDATED 3:28 PM This quote from Ald. Lyle from Sun-Times:
“They didn’t release the trucks to do the side-streets until 10 p.m. [Wednesday], then they didn’t work all night long. We had snow plans put into effect years ago and, it seems like they all went out the window,” said South Side Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th)

“We don’t have the equipment we need to open up the streets so our citizens can get back to work. I’m getting killed out here. I understand the entire city was hit with 20 some inches of snow. But, I don’t think snow command is focused on neighborhoods. They’re focused on keeping the Central Business District open. But, people have to get to the Central Business District.”

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