Thursday, January 9, 2014

Today Marks Tipping Point for Ballard Administration Storm Response

So far, I've given Mayor Greg Ballard a bit of a pass on his response to the deadly winter storm that hit the city on Sunday.

Mayor Greg Ballard
Over 11 inches of snow followed by a cold blast directly from the North Pole have made conditions difficult for snow removal and city services.  There was essentially no game plan to go by, and it seems that since his early failings as the storm moved in that the Mayor has been active and accessible to his constituents.

Today, the gloves begin to come off.  A good number of the roads remain to be in difficult condition for normal travel forcing schools to cancel for yet another day.  The temperature on Facebook notably seemed to go up a couple of degrees last night, too.

It's time for the Mayor's Administration to make big strides with the roads by tonight.  Otherwise, many will continue to question its ability to respond to snowstorms.

Let me be clear, this is not a knock at the Indy Snow Force or the plow drivers of DPW.  Those folks have to be commended for the work they are doing.  I wouldn't want their jobs!  I just think people are starting to tire of hearing the same old excuses when clearly the conditions are improving weather-wise.

I also have a minor beef with whatever person in the Ballard Administration that made the decision to close the Mayor's Action Center at the normal time on Wednesday.  We've spent nothing but the last few days hearing that the line was THE LINE to call for city services.  When I called to report the dreadful road conditions on two major Decatur Township roads, I found the line shut down and staffed by a message to go online or call back tomorrow.  I went online and tried to find the service that I need, but there was nothing there about snow removal.  Eventually, I sent a tweet to DPW and Indy Snow Force.

For safety's sake, I hope a lot of progress happens today and that we're crediting the Mayor and not criticizing him tomorrow morning.


Anonymous said...

You are way too kind. The day four since it snowed road conditions are ridiculous. I travel on Keystone to and from work. Last time I checked, it was a major thoroughfare. It is a disaster. Yesterday the city should have been out plowing and salting the roads. They blew it because Ballard thinks a bad job is all we want. The money not spent by Ballard to clean the roads is costing schools, businesses and citizens time and money.

johnnystir . said...

Thanks for your comment.

Anonymous said...

Yet, it should be kept in mind that when you look the various surrounding towns and cities through the entire Metro area and you also see school districts still either closed or on a 2-hour delay. Brownsburg, Zionsville, Carmel, Greenwood, Muncie, the list goes on. It's not just Indianapolis by any measure.

So, perhaps it should be entertained that this indicates there are uniquely difficult challenges in dealing with what may be the worst winter storm in the past 20 years or more that have little to do with the mayor or dpw's performance. But I know everyone becomes an expert on snow plowing operations, and what particular favorite street they happen to take all the time that should in their minds be completely clear. Admittedly the political opportunity to play on these natural frustrations is difficult to pass up which is why you had at least one city council member jumping the gun and complaining as about the first flake hit the ground.