City Responds To Complaints From Waynedale Residents For Snow Removal Attention

By Jeff Neumeyer

March 6, 2013 Updated Mar 6, 2013 at 7:28 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Thousands of Fort Wayne residents are undoubtedly waiting to find out when city street crews will push snow off their street.

Folks in one neighborhood in Waynedale complain they'd waited too long to see city snowplows for the first time ever.

Residents in the Hopewell Pointe housing addition have been frustrated, not only because their streets had not been cleared by mid-day Wednesday, but also because they say in the 14 months since the neighborhood sprang up, city plows had never come through.

David Bishop feels like the city's attention regarding snow removal is long overdue.

" I mean, we're required to do our driveway, but how are we going to get out, if the streets are not plowed. This has been an ongoing problem since the last two snow storms that we had," said Bishop, who lives in the 8000 block of Community Lane.

Kenneth Surry, who lives down the street from Bishop, said, “It’s sad because they don’t never come out here. Several times it has snowed us in and we had to get out here ourselves and do it. It shouldn’t be.”

An office staff person indicated she has requested city plows in the past, but the pleas for help were not answered.

A spokesperson for the city says, since Hopewell Pointe is only 14 months old, it's possible no plows had been in that area, because the city has a general policy that it takes a three-inch snowfall to trigger plowing on residential streets, and that we’ve had few, if any, such snowfalls since January 2012 when Hopewell Pointe opened.

But this latest snow event is a different story.

The city began getting side streets plowed Wednesday afternoon, and Community Lane where Bishop and Surry live, was plowed about 4 p.m.

Good things come to those who wait…or who contact the media for a helping hand.

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