CALUMET CITY | In anticipation of what could be several inches of snow this week, an alderman who chairs the City Council's public works committee tried to assure residents that officials will work hard to get streets cleared around their homes.
Fifth Ward Alderman Roger Munda, who chairs the committee that monitors the city’s Public Works Department, said Monday during a City Council meeting that there is a definite pecking order to which streets are cleared of snow.
Priority is given to streets surrounding public safety buildings, such as the Fire and Police departments, and the Pulaski Road route that leads to Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital near the Calumet City/Hammond border.
After that, priority goes to main streets in Calumet City, then to side streets in residential neighborhoods. Munda said crews would return to main streets from time to time during a storm to ensure that they remain clear.
Munda explained the city's snow plowing policy because he said many people were presuming that public works crews were making a priority of cleaning streets in the areas around the homes of aldermen and other public officials.
"There aren’t any favors being done for the aldermen or the mayor," Munda said, while adding that people who have special circumstances that might require a higher priority should contact their aldermen.
"There is a reason why we do things this way," Munda said. "People need to be patient, because the crews will eventually get to their streets."
Third Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones said many residents are concerned about heavy snowfalls, particularly because the last significant snowstorm that hit Calumet City left a mess that took city crews four days to completely clear away.
"That was unacceptable," Jones said of what he called a less-than-substantial storm that hit the south suburbs in November. "What happens when a major snowfall hits us?"
However, Munda said city public works crews would work hard in the event of any storm that hits this week.
"We got a lot of good women and men working down there," he said.