South Buffalo Continues to Dig Out

6:00 PM, Dec 6, 2010   |    comments
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SOUTH BUFFALO, N.Y. - The back breaking work of shoveling snow continues in South Buffalo.

Sarah Just spent part of her Sunday removing snow from her sidewalk on Mckinley Parkway as several front loaders and heavy duty trucks loaded and hauled tons of snow away.

"I've been digging out all day trying to get everything out," said Just. "So i'm glad to see that they're moving it out of here."

Private contractors from as far away as Rochester have been helping with the snow removal. Killian Construction's Colby O'Connor is part of the clean up team.

"We got 12 loaders up here running. We're running 24 hours. 12 on 12 off. Just cleaning up, loading the trucks, taking out banks and everything we can do, just get the snow out of here."

But while people like O'Connor are busy removing snow, some South Buffalo residents like Lou Santiago say the city dropped the ball on this storm by not getting rid of the snow immediately.

"I don't see why they have to work the same snow twice by moving it on to the sidewalk, and then putting it on high lifts later on."

And as the work continues, the cost of the snow removal operation increases as well. Mayor Byron Brown says the money to pay for the clean up is part of the city's snow plan and is accounted for in the budget.

"It is contained in the public works budget and right now everything in terms of the snow removal effort with the first major winter storm has gone according to the city's snow removal plan."

So far city leaders estimate more than 8,000 truckloads of snow has been taken and dumped at the old Republic Steel Field on South Park Avenue and expect to reach 10,000 truckloads by Monday.

City leaders also say starting Monday parking restrictions will go back into affect. Those rules were relaxed during the storm allowing people to park on both sides of the street without getting a ticket. 

"Effective Monday, December 6, 2010, parking restrictions for any street with a restriction of No Parking 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mon, Tues, Wed and No Parking 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thurs & Fri. must comply with posting. The reason these restrictions will be enforced is because the City is going to prioritize  these areas for additional snow plowing/removal and only have a 7 hour window to work with. Any street with a 6:00 p.m. Mon to 6:00 p.m. Thurs and 6:00 p.m.Thurs to 6:00 p.m. Mon designation should remain parked on one side of the street in the affected snow area of South Buffalo, Kaisertown and Lovejoy. In the 6 to 6 areas the City is asking that residents remind each other to make sure that all cars are parking on one side only. The restriction in these 6 to 6 areas remains suspended as well as bus routes in the affected areas only."

As for trash pick-ups, South Buffalo residents are urged to put their trash either curbside, or on snowbanks Monday to be picked up.

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