Winter storm pushes many to the edge (of the snowbank)

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Phil Juckett feels your pain.

“I hate to do that,” he said looking down from the driver’s seat of one of the village’s ‘wing’ plow trucks.

Juckett just filled in the entry to yet another driveway which has already been shoveled of snow.  

Residents, some of them still shoveling or using the snow blower to clear up their yards from the 10 inches dropped by the last storm just look up at the big yellow truck and stare.

Some curse, some shake their heads with resigned frustration – it is the rare resident who fails to react in some way to the passing of the plow truck.

As Juckett made his mid afternoon rounds he picked up a passenger who went along to see what it was like to try to find someplace to put 10 pounds of snow in a five pound bag.

“I’ve had people chase me down to (complain); I’ve had people throw things, shovels full of snow. I had one hit right here,” he said patting the ledge of the rolled down window. 

One thing is for sure, however, some of the recently fallen snow mixed with road salt and sand and packed down from being pushed out of the middle of the street will end up walled up across every driveway in the village at some point.

“People don’t realize that I do that to my driveway too,” Juckett said.

As snow keeps falling, seemingly without end, residents and workers have run out of places to put the snow.

Despite planning ahead and pushing early snow back as far as he could, Juckett said he’s watched the streets shrink as the storms kept coming and the snow didn’t melt.

“That’s the problem this year, none of (the snow) melted. Normally you have a storm and them it warms up and some of it melts – this year that hasn’t happened,” one private contractor said while clearing up Sunday morning.

 Although Granville finally experienced a thaw when many roofs shed their snowy coatings, Juckett said the warm weather just served to turn the roadside snowbanks into rock-like barriers.

Watching the wing as the truck moved through the narrow streets was like watching the bow of a boat cutting through the water. As the blade went by the snow washed up the banks like a wake only to roll back towards the street when the plow left.

Another snowstorm Friday, February 25, pushed Granville beyond eight feet of snow for the winter as the unwelcome blizzard dumped nearly a foot of fresh snow across the village, town and region only to be followed 24 hours later by another storm dropping about six inches of fresh snow.

“Enough is enough already,” Morrison Avenue’s Tony Scarlotta said as he worked cleaning up the overnight snow, again.

Scarlotta said he was preparing for a forecast rain by taking some of the snow off of his roof.

Although he said he has a small area to take care of, he dreads seeing that plow truck coming up the street.

“It’s still a pain in the rear end when they plow it in,” he said.

Long after the plows have stopped for the night Juckett, like others on the DPW, have just started their snow removal routines.

“I have a bunch of other places I have to take care of after I get off work,” he said.

After finally finishing up at home, Juckett said he goes straight to bed to grab some shut eye before meeting the rest of the crew up at the garage at 5 a.m. to begin the task of cleaning up.

“We’ll be on Main Street first thing tomorrow getting that cleaned up and we’ll start this whole thing all over again,” Juckett said.

Like the rest of the residents and people across the entire Northeast, Juckett said he’s tired of snow and can’t wait for spring.

“People think all we want is the overtime, but there are other things we’d all like to be doing like spending time with our families,” he said.

 
 

 

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