Friday, March 8, 2013
Share your thoughts!
Despite 9.5 inches of snow falling on Waltham today, Waltham Public Schools remained open today. Some residents have complained on social media that roads and sidewalks were not adequately plowed prior to school opening. Do you agree with the decision to keep the schools open? Shar your thoughts in the comments section below.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Mayor Jeannette McCarthy plans to revamp the plowing system.
In the wake of the recent February blizzard, city officials on Monday, March 4, quibbled on how to improve the city’s snow-clearing system as new information emerged on the city’s performance during the storm. Mayor Jeannette McCarthy and Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson fielded City Councillors’ questions on the controversy for a little more than four hours during a meeting at City Hall. The meeting came weeks after residents and councilors complained about what they believed was the city’s poor performance in clearing sidewalks and roads after 25 inches of snow descended on the city. Under the system used during the blizzard, city employees were responsible for clearing snow from the schools and city-owned land, while…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
New system would be simpler to manage, mayor says.
Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy says she will implement a new, much simpler system to clear snow from the city’s roads. McCarthy, who announced on Feb. 12 that she would not seek another term, told Waltham Patch she plans to impose a new system under which four private contractors would plow the city’s streets, instead of the current system, which has many contractors covering different sections of the city. City-owned trucks and crews operate mostly on city-owned land. Also, McCarthy said she plans to switch to paying contractors on a per-inch basis instead of the current hourly rates. She said her new system would make supervision of contractors easier because the city would only oversee four instead of the 20-plus currently used. "…
Monday, February 11, 2013
Many parking meters in Waltham are still buried in snow.
The City of Waltham will not be enforcing parking meters today, Feb. 11, according to Waltham Traffic Engineer J. Michael Garvin. The decision comes after many parking meters are still surrounded by snow. Garvin said the city is still considering whether to enforce the meters on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Looking for more updates from Waltham Patch? Follow us on Twitter and Facebook or sign up for our email newsletters.