City Officials Drop the Ball As Scrantonians Are Trapped By Snow!

With all the taxes that Scrantonians pay, you would think that basic city services would work. The city of Scranton had at least one week to prepare for this blizzard. The people of Scranton were ready! Many of us got our shovels and salts ready to go. Some of us even stocked up on supplies just in case. We took the forecast concerning the weather seriously. Nevertheless, the Scranton government is taken by surprise by this storm!!!

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It is no time for civility!! In a city filled with aged people, the city has a priority to make sure that the roads are clear! This is so emergency res ponders can mobilize if needed.  What we see is many roads that haven’t even been plowed at all! People in Scranton are literally trapped in their home with no help from the local government. Attempts to complain about these conditions are met with indifference or excuses. If there is anything that demonstrates the complete and utter incompetence of the Scranton government, this is it! My prayers with the people in Scranton that nothing happens to them in these trying times. The Scranton government is great at taxing Scrantonians and raising fees, but when it comes time to perform they drop the ball! The had time to prepare for this. They should have been plowing since the snow started and continued overnight, non-stop. If they do not have enough personnel, they should contract out some help. The city has 4.5 million to pay lawyers to sell the Sewer Authority , but they do not have money to make sure they perform essential services. And they have the nerve to offer nothing but excuses! Very well! We will see what these excuses will be worth come election time. City officials are far too comfortable with failure. Why do they have their jobs!? Why support this incompetence? If I were mayor, I would plow the streets myself if it was needed!! If anyone has any issues or concerns, please email us or give us a call- leave a message savescranton1@gmail.com   or  570-290-7881#Savescranton

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12 thoughts on “City Officials Drop the Ball As Scrantonians Are Trapped By Snow!

  1. GARY…IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS BY NOW THE CITY CAN’T HANDLE THIS BLIZZARD. PEOPLE ARE STILL TRAPPED ON THEIR STREETS THAT HAVEN’T SEEN A PLOW IN 3 DAYS. GOV CUOMO OF NY CALLED UP THE NATIONAL GUARD AND ORDERED 100 PLOWS TO TAKE CARE OF THE DISTRESSED CITIES THAT COULDN’T HANDLE ALL THS SNOW. PERHAPS YOU CAN REACH OUT TO SOMEONE TO SEE IF SCRANTON CAN GET THE NATIONAL GUARD AND THE EXTRA PLOWS HERE IN SCRANTON. THIS IS A DISASTER AND IT IS BEING TAKEN TOO LIGHTLY BY THE CITY OFFICIAL IN CHARGE…OF COURSE THE PLOWERS ARE TIRED BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH OF THEM TO DEAL WITH THIS CRISIS. PLEASE SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO.

  2. There are several up valley outlying municipalities surrounding Scranton that did the best that they could with the limited resources they had. Everyone has to confess that this snow storm is truly out of the ordinary for our Mid-Valley area. I live in Blakely and all through this winter they were on top of every snow fall.. every one! I don’t know if other towns joined the effort but Archbald I know offered help for the elderly where ever they needed it. They enlisted the out of school kids to help shovel people out of 3ft. high snow. Opposite street parking announced in Jessup helped to enable plows to do more than one dinky lane. I haven’t been anywhere since Monday nite so i don’t really know what it’s like out there. All i do know that Blakely did a commendable job keeping 8th street clear and salted… Kudos
    People know it’s nothing new to clear out your driveway and then have the plow go by blocking the entrance..seriously stop blaming the plow guys! It’s just something you have to deal with and always have.
    I’ve heard some are already putting out chairs to claim their cleared spot. Respect is truly warranted here. From what i understand this is not considered a legal action, holding a parking space. I dare say though karma will surly come round and bite you in the a**!
    I sure hope Scranton gets it’s act together.. truly disheartening..I must admit I’m super glad i don’t live in that city and I have sympathy for those that do.

  3. I have been calling the city nonstop for the last 2 days. My husband became very sick on Tuesday night and I need to get to a pharmacy to get his medications. His doctor called 3 times today to see if we could come in so he can be seen and each time we had to say no, we are still trapped. I called yesterday 03/15 and DPW Dispatch assured me that they would have us plowed out by end of day. Woke up at 5:30 this morning…nothing. So I called DPW dispatch again. They said we are so sorry, we have someone on the way right now. It is 4:45 and still no one. I have also called and talked to the DPW secretary and the Mayor’s secretary both promising to have someone here. Again we are still trapped ! I just called a private contractor even though I believe I should not pay out of pocket for services the city should provide and I am told we are in a line of 50 !!! That’s at least 50 other tax payers paying for SOMEONE else to do the CITY OF SCRANTON’s job !!! So fed up with the corruption and lack of concern for the citizens of this city.

    • I am so sorry for what you are going through. Let me know if the private contractor falls through. If necessary, I will arrange to get your husband his medicine myself. You can reach me at savescranton1@gmail.com or leave a message at 570-921-2344.

      • Thank you for offering ! Luckily a local repair man that we have hired before has gotten someone for us. It’s so nice that at least the citizens stick together.

  4. While so many neighborhood streets remain unplowed or impassable , downtown Scranton is having snow hauled from the streets. The mayor owes the citizens an explanation as to this line of thinking. Evidently downtown businesses are more important than Scranton citizens. I only hope these businesses are paying for the preferential treatment.

  5. The streets in our section of Scranton (Hunky Patch) were continually paved from the beginning of the storm to the end. That’s ONLY because a school district maintenance worker, a city employee and several police officers live in or near this neighborhood. I wouldn’t want to see the areas where plowing was “less of a priority”.

  6. Hiring someone and paying out of pocket is what we have done for the 45 years that I live in an alley in Scranton. We paid $200 to have “a portion” of the alley plowed so that we could get out of our homes. The remainder of the alley was not plowed because no one lives there. There is a closed business…K&D and a condemned house. Could not reach DPW by phone…no answer after numerous calls. A man with a plow (not a city worker) tried to do the remainder of the alley for us. The snow is so high due to an open field and very high drifts that he had to stop. We still can not get out on the Breck St end of the alley. And I repeat…45 years here…NEVER once has the city plow come through this alley. NOT ONCE…That is not a complaint, it is a fact. Do I have a right to complain when we have tax hikes ? I sure do. Taxes for no services rendered ever…not right.

  7. Why doesn’t the city implement odd even parking when snow storms occur so they can clean the entire street?

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