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Snow Plow Removal Efforts Continue in Wyandotte

Wyandotte DPS said once your street has been plowed curb to curb you can park back on the road.

Photo: Peter Polgar
Photo: Peter Polgar

While some Wyandotte residents expressed gratitude toward the city's snowplow efforts, many feel the emergency policy still needs some work.

  • Joann Alexanders said: “Got a phone call around 10 p.m. advising us to remove cars off the street, which we did. About 10 minutes later, a plow came through. One other car on the block moved. Thank you city, but what about the cars that didn't move?” Now I have to stay off till the block is cleared? …"Suggestion: Post it on TV, most people have them on…not the radio. Thanks DPW for the quick response…we”ll see what happens today.”
  • Joseph Duff Sr. asked: “How do you get on the list for snowplow notification? Also, does the city have a list of people to hire for clearing sidewalk? I have medical conditions, which say I shouldn't be doing any shoveling, but I have done what I have been able to. My usual guy is in hospital. Tried to hire (the) company (that was) doing (my) neighbors house but they wanted no part of doing my house. Wouldn't even give a bid or anything.

Shortly after Duff’s post, a college student emailed Wyandotte Patch offering his shoveling services.

The student, Andrew June of Wyandotte, said he is "available all winter and willing to clear any driveway or sidewalk that needs it." Depending on the size of the driveway, services start as low as $25.  

You can reach him at 734-626-9868 or rhshistorybuff@gmail.com.  

  • Bridgette said: “Almost 24-hours later and we haven't seen a plow on our street. Cars are cleared on the whole street, but no plow. I wish they would tow! If cars were all clear more streets (would) get plowed quicker!”

If you're searching for an independent snowplow company, Pete's Snow Removal, a local Downriver outfit, offers its services as well as tips on proper snow removal.

"Individuals can set themselves up for a huge liability issue...not having these services done properly," said Pete Polgar, owner of the Grosse Ile-based small business. Polgar said the company works all over the Downriver area, including Wyandotte. 

Driveway services start as low as $30. 

  • Amanda Albany asked how long do we have to stay off the streets?

Wyandotte DPS said once the street has been plowed curb-to-curb residents can park back on the road.

  • Katherine Nestell said: "So, I have to park on Oxford, walk through the snow and go back at 5 a.m. in the morning to dig my van out? ...Come back on the day shift, we will ALL be gone."
  • Denise Henney Olson said: “My question is what do you do when the emergency lots haven't been touched and you can't get your car in them?”

A response from Wyandotte DPS regarding emergency parking lots is pending. 

  • April Smith Ciolek said: “Well, the alternatives might be to clear your side of the street, ask a neighbor if you can share their driveway, park in your alley, team-up with your neighbors and (plow) the snow, (or) have someone follow you to the parking lot and give you a ride back. We have to be responsible for some snow removal on our own. Unfortunately there is no 100 percent perfect solution. It's winter.”

What's buzzing in your city? Have a burning question you'd like an answer for? Ask and Patch will find out. Email inquires to andrew.thurlow@patch.com. 

Bill Willy January 03, 2014 at 04:45 PM
well we moved are car but the neighbor across the street moved their car on our side
Tammy Lynn Haystead January 03, 2014 at 07:57 PM
Is there something the Police can do about the rude people that shovel or snow blow their snow onto the road? I find it funny how they don't want to just turn the blower to put it on their grass but will cause problems for other drivers by putting it in the street.
Linda Lockhart January 03, 2014 at 11:17 PM
The city needs a better system! Our street was completely clear for over 12 hours. A truck came through and didnt even plow. they only did the center. as of now street still looks the same. having to leave are cars somewhere else for days is a little much to ask. I got a ticket for parking after my midnight shift, after the plow did its only run to date. BS. They need a standard rule! Possible partial solution could be, park on West and North sides from specific times and the switch to East and south sides for a different time. may not be a perfect plan but at least it is something other tha chaos! just a thought.
Monica Meleski January 04, 2014 at 08:35 PM
My problem is is that I live on 6th st (by Goddard) and our emergency lot is on Alkali which is like 4 blocks from my home. I was going to park there this last storm, but the lot wasn't done and the cars there were all build up with snow to the doors. I was going to then park in my driveway which I have to get from the alley, but since no one plows that either, my car was getting stuck. So now with this new storm coming tomorrow, what do you do when you can't park in your own driveway because you have no access in the alley, and I'm sorry but I have a baby and I am not walking 5 blocks in the freezing cold and snow up to my knees. We should look at what other cities, even states do for snow storms. I used to live in Ohio and their emergencies (they base it on levels) for snow plowing is so much simpler than here. They don't give tickets for people parked in the street, they go around them, and people actually help to clear the streets.
Donald Icenogle January 04, 2014 at 10:35 PM
The only way your street will be plowed fast is if you live by the mayor or a council member!
cranker January 05, 2014 at 07:29 AM
I think the city does a excellent job in plowing our streets, residents need to be more responsible
John_T January 05, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Agree with cranker. We got 11.5 inches of snow in wyandotte and by Friday afternoon every side street I drove on was plowed. Go to other cities in the area (lincoln park streets look HORRIBLE). and see theirs still not plowed. Great job guys. Don't let the 10% that are whining and complaining make you feel unappreciated or that the vast majority of us don't see how good of a job you did so quickly considering the size of the storm.
K2 January 05, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Agree with cranker and John_T, given the amount of snow I think DPS did a great job, for those complaining if you've ever plowed for a living its not that easy and totally exhausting for the people doing it. I am grateful for my neighbors we are all trying to help each other.
Joann Alexanders January 05, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Where are all the young people that use to come around to shovel walks and earn some extra money and help out their neighbors??? Sitting in the house playing games and on FB and Twitter that's where. In the meantime their parents are out cleaning the snow!!
Joann Alexanders January 05, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Great job by the DPW...A million thanks!!
Marty Klein January 05, 2014 at 05:14 PM
How do you get a personal phone call when they are gonna plow your street?
Marty Klein January 05, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Parking at 6th St park how does about 300 or400 cars park in a lot of about 50 parking spots that the city doesn't plow
Marty Klein January 05, 2014 at 05:59 PM
Sorry everyone six street parking full with trucks
Joann Alexanders January 05, 2014 at 07:56 PM
It's an automated message from city. Don't know how it happened, never signed up or got a list. I guess you might want to call DPW or City Hall. Have no idea.: (

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