Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Many parking meters are still buried in snow days after the snowstorm.
Waltham will not enforce parking meters, Feb. 12, according to Traffic Engineer Michael Garvin. Many of the city's parking meters and pay stations are still buried in snow, making them inaccessible to users, Garvin said. This is the second consecutive day the city has not enforced the meters. "This morning is a little bit better. Some of the machines are still snowed in," he said. Garvin said the city will reassess on Wednesday, Feb. 13 whether to resume enforcing parking meters. Acting Police Chief Keith MacPherson and the Traffic Commission make the final decision on whether to enforce the meters, according to Garvin.
Many Waltham residents and officials say they are furious with the plowing job in Waltham.
City officials say they are furious about the job private contractor plow crews have done to clear snow from the city's streets, and Mayor Jeannette McCarthy said she plans to “rethink” how the city plows snow. “There is no excuse,” McCarthy told Waltham Patch about the shape private contractor plow crews have left many city streets in days after the storm. "I’m going to rethink how I run the private system. I'm not going to run it the way it's always been run.” "It is my responsibility ultimately," she added. As of Monday, Feb. 11, many Waltham residents said they were still upset about the poor condition of their streets, according to comments left on Waltham Patch’s Facebook page. Streets in surrounding communities, such as Newton, were…
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.
Many city roads were still covered in snow on Sunday.
As Waltham continues to dig out from the storm and residents go back to work, many city streets remained covered in snow on Sunday, Feb. 10. As a result, many Waltham residents are angry and say the city has done an inadequate job of plowing the roads, according to comments on Waltham Patch and its Facebook Page. On Sunday evening, at least parts of Myrtle and Robbins streets were still covered in snow, according to tweets from Waltham residents. Brown Street was still covered as well, as of 7:30 p.m., according to a Brown Street resident. At around 6 p.m., Moody Street was still caked in snow with motorists proceeding slowly down it. Other streets, however, were relatively clear. Main Street was clear, but only spots of blacktop cold …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Ongoing snow removal operations have forced the city to delay trash pickup.
Trash pickup service in Waltham has been delayed one day, according to Waltham Mayor Jeanette McCarthy. As a result of ongoing snow clearing operations in Waltham, McCarthy said all trash pickup service will be delayed by one day this week. If you have a trash service issue of any kind, you can call the Consolidated Public Works Department at 718-314-3855.
The storm is long over, but many Waltham streets are still just as snow covered as they were Saturday morning.
Many Waltham streets are still covered with snow, according to Waltham residents who have vented their frustrations on Twitter and Facebook. Waltham Patch readers have emailed and sent photos via Twitter of streets in their neighborhoods saying their roads are in still in roughe shape more than 24 hours after the storm ended. The City of Waltham has been working to clear the streets, but at least one City Councilor, Ken Doucette, hass been taking plowing requests and notifying. Tweet him at @KenDoucette. If your street needs to be plowed, list it in the comments. Photos are helpful also. NOTE: To request your road be plowed, call the Waltham Consildated Public Works Department at 781-314-2855.
Many Waltham roads are still in rough shape but crews are working on clearing snow.
Waltham Public Schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 11, according to Waltham Mayor Jeanette McCarthy. “After consultation with us, the [Waltham Public Schools] Superintendent is cancelling school for Monday, February 11th,” McCarthy wrote in an email to reporters. McCarthy said the decision was made after consulting with Waltham Public Schools Safety Officer Ann Frassica, Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson and Waltham Public Schools Fiscal Coordinator John Pinzone. “CPW will be working on clearing all the school parking lots once the cars are removed and school sidewalks,” McCarthy wrote. The decision comes after many Waltham Patch readers, on Patch’s Facebook page, reported the city’s roads were in rough shape. on …
Higher temperatures in the forecast could help crews clear the roads.
As the city works to recover from the snowstorm, Waltham public works crews “still have a lot of work to do,” in clearing the city’s streets, according to Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson. As of 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, Chiasson described the roads as “average,” but he said crews have their work cut out for them. "We have a lot of cleanup to do still," Chiasson said. However, the snow emergency will be lifted as of 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. That means motorists must have their cars out of Waltham Public Schools lots by 10 a.m. to give plow crews room to work. Also, motorists must have their cars out of city-owned lots before regular parking hours resume on Monday, Feb. 11. As for whether school will be held on …
Light, fluffy snow on rooftops can act as a sponge for rain, which is in the forecast for Monday. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency offers these tips.
With rain in Waltham's forecast for Monday, the Blizzard of '13 may not be finished wreaking havoc in Massachusetts. While temperatures dropped overnight on Friday resulting in light, fluffy snow, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) warns that fluffy snow piled high on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing rain and adding additional stress to structures. Relatively flat roofs are particularly vulnerable, MEMA says. In other cases, roof ice dams have formed causing water build-up, leading to interior damage. These conditions can accelerate the snowmelt. To minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to accumulated or drifting snow: Be on the alert for large accumulating snow build-up or snowdrifts. If roof snow …
Let's measure the blizzard through lawn ornaments!