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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.”
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