Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Snow Days

When does Lamb get to run for County Executive? Can't he run for mayor? I seriously love this man. He performs audits on the snow plowing in the city. How cool is that??? Of course, this is on top of his audits for Pittsburgh City Council and emergency services and who knows what else.

Not too surprising he found that lots of streets in the South Hills get the shaft because they simply don't exist in the plowing routes. Whoops. He did acknowledge (and I've seen first-hand report of this) that the city's new smaller-fleet is addressing some of the issues for these smaller streets. For instance, my street was plowed during the last storm - all the way down to the bottom - within 12 hours of the "storm" starting.

However, there is no two-way communication within the Department of Public Works. As far as I can tell, one calls 311, makes a snow removal request, and the request goes into the void of the DPW. If you call back, they make another request. This "strategy" back-fired for me 2 storms ago when the salt truck neglected to make it all the way down my street. It took them 5 days (and many 311 calls, emails, etc.) to return.

The jury is still out on this "storm."


Bram Reichbaum said...

Most everyone thought Michael stood the best chance, on paper, of winning for Mayor this spring. He didn't want to go for it. Figures he can do more (for the city and for himself) by really sinking his teeth into his Controller gig, and he's probably right.

It'll be interesting to see if he supports one of our mayoral challengers at all vigorously. Do you think we could handle that?

Bram Reichbaum said...

There was a lot of dissatisfaction with 311 at the candidate forum in Elliot. Basically, they said you call, they give you a tracking code, you call back, they've lost track of your complaint. Just what they were saying.

Schultz said...

I think the favorite to replace Onarato as the County Exec is Lamb's buddy Mark Patrick Flaherty.