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Oct 24, 2013

Lisa Baldelli Hunt


BALDELLI-HUNT CALLS ON MAYOR TO ACT NOW TO MAKE SURE CITY IS READY TO PROVIDE SNOW REMOVAL SERVICES THIS WINTER

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BALDELLI-HUNT CALLS ON MAYOR TO ACT NOW TO MAKE SURE CITY IS READY TO PROVIDE SNOW REMOVAL SERVICES THIS WINTER

(Woonsocket, 10/23/13) Even though there is an election coming up, Mayoral candidate Lisa Baldelli-Hunt said today the current administration needs to begin taking steps now to make sure the city is ready to provide necessary snow removal services this winter. Last year, Mayor Fontaine acknowledged the city had only a few pieces of snow removal equipment and that more were needed. Baldelli-Hunt said that nothing has been done to address the problem and steps must be taken now to make sure the city is prepared to keep streets clear during any storms this winter.
“Snow removal is one of the city’s basic duties. We need to be able to clear snow during storms so that emergency vehicles can access our neighborhoods and to allow people to get to work and get their children to school,” said Baldelli-Hunt. “If we’ve known for a year or more that our snow removal fleet is too small, the Mayor needs to address that issue and make sure we have the equipment necessary to do the job. Hoping for a snow-free winter is not a plan.”
Baldelli-Hunt said that as Mayor, she will conduct an immediate inventory of the city’s snow removal equipment and take steps to make sure Woonsocket has the fleet necessary to clear the main roads in the city. She said she will evaluate the cost of options such as repairing vehicles in the fleet, acquiring new equipment or adding to the number of private plowing contractors used during the winter. Baldelli-Hunt said that having a proper snow removal plan in place is essential to avoid excessive school cancellation days and make sure emergency vehicles and utility crews have access to neighborhoods during the winter months.
“Obviously, we need to contain costs but we also have to have a plan in place to make sure we are able to provide this basic service,” said Baldelli-Hunt. “Winter is fast approaching and we need to make sure we have the emergency personnel and vehicles lined up to make sure our city gets through the winter safely.”