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Mayor: Cleanup Efforts Continue in Naugatuck

Naugatuck Mayor Bob Mezzo keeps residents informed of what's happening with street cleanup.

Mayor Bob Mezzo put out the following CodeRed announcement to residents on Wednesday afternoon. It is posted on his blog:

Borough Public Works crews and private contractors continue to widen roads and remove snow from streets and neighborhoods.

Snow removal will continue tonight (2/13/2013) into the morning (2/14/2013) in Downtown Naugatuck and the Union City Section of Naugatuck.  Beginning at 8:00 PM this evening (2/13/2013), the Whittemore Bridge over Maple Street will be closed until 6:00 AM tomorrow (2/14/2013).  Most of the removal efforts during this time will take place on Maple Street and Church Street in downtown, and on North Main Street in Union City.  Please remove all parked vehicles on and around those streets be by 7:30 PM tonight (2/13/2013).  Travel will be limited in Downtown Naugatuck and Union City during these times.

Naugatuck Schools will be closed on Thursday (2/14/2013) and Friday (2/15/2013).  Borough and Board of Education officials met this morning (2/13/2013) and determined it was in the best interests of our children and public safety to close schools through the remainder of the week until more work can be completed.  While we know many parents and students are eager for schools to reopen, we must ensure maximum safety when it comes to our children.

We understand that people are having difficulty shoveling sidewalks in front of their properties.  Given the unprecedented amount of snow, we are not fining people who fail to do so at this time.  We would appreciate if residents can address their sidewalks by the end of this coming weekend if at all possible.

Lynn February 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM
I am grateful for you communicating to us residents an idea of what streets are getting cleared when, and l love your accessibility per your blog... However, I feel clearing Church street sidewalks do not have precedence over clearing/widening more roads in Naugy!!! (Believe me, you saved me a backache, however I feel more important places need to be cleared besides sidewalks on Church Street which already had shoveled walkpaths!!!)
Marcia Puc February 14, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Thanks for the updates as well - really appreciate them! Personally, unless you have a physical disability, I don't think there is any excuse for not having your sidewalk shoveled. I spent an hour (only an hour) yesterday shoveling out my mailbox (about 20 feet long -- not to mention the 5 feet it took me to actually get to my mailbox from the road). I had to go out and do it again today since the plow truck has been by to widen. In the last 2 days, the snow amount has shrunk considerably, I really don't see why people can't be held accountable to shovel their sidewalks now -- especially businesses in town. People have to walk in the roads and it's just not safe.
Smart Guy February 14, 2013 at 02:53 AM
The town should shovel our sidewalks for us! What do my tax dollars go for? They obviously don't pay for school because it's always canceled. And If I get hurt who is gonna pay for it?! I don't have health insurance because of Obama and his SOCIALISM! If the town wants the sidewalk shoveled they can do it themselves, this isn't communist China
Bert Schreiner February 14, 2013 at 02:57 AM
I've been to "Communist" China, and there are always people sweeping the streets and shoveling the sidewalks, and EVERYTHING WORKS FINE. And there is never any public complaining like this, because their officials actually work for SOLUTIONS to the PROBLEMS.
Smart Guy February 14, 2013 at 03:06 AM
I don't see Mayor Mezzo out therel!! He has plenty of time to make a phone call but his well manicured hands can't seem to make it to a shovel!
brutus February 14, 2013 at 03:19 AM
mr. mayor, I also thank you for keeping us informed. you and the public works crews have been doing a great job under extreme circumstances, and don't let anyone tell you different. however, on the shoveling sidewalks issue....I had my sidewalk shoveled and cleared within a couple of hours of the last snowflake falling. it was hours of back breaking work, but I got it done, even going past my property to connect to another path so people could get by without having to walk in the street. well, last night, during the road clearing efforts, the public works crew shoved and dumped the snow from the street onto my sidewalk, which is now completely covered with hard packed snow and ice about 5 feet high. I'm sorry, but I just can't clear that. I tried....my shovel can't get through the ice.
kelly kane February 14, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Thank you to mayor Bob and the town for all of their endless hours of work!! They have been working Hard and without complaint throughout all of this! They have not stopped working since Thursday, especially all of the plow drivers. As far as downtown the sidewalks are clear because staff and their spouses came out and cleared them themselves after they spent hours clearing their own driveways and sidewalks. The cleanup and removal is for the street not the sidewalks. As you know downtown has almost all on street parking. The streets have to be cleared for people to park safely to get into the businesses, daycares, etc. So removal of that area is very important. Again thank You to everyone for all Of your hard work!!!
Ronald Swierbitowicz February 14, 2013 at 02:35 PM
You should change your "Fake" name on here to "Not So Smart Guy". Just an idiotic comment that should be kept to yourself. As you can see, my "Real" name is above. Now excuse me, I'm late for my manicure appointment with Mayor Mezzo.
mar February 14, 2013 at 04:31 PM
the same happen in my neighborhood i tried but....
Jerry Slomski February 14, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Again, Thank you to our mayor, Bob Mezzo, who thought enough about the citizens of Naugatuck to keep them fully informed about the efforts of the town to get things back to normal as safely as possible. Please try to remember, no town in Connecticut could have possibly been prepared for the amount of snow we received. I thank Mayor Mezzo for his efforts and encourage him to continue.
SuperDave February 14, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Expecting residents to shovel these sidewalks is ridiculous. These sidewalks are town property. In this particular instance, most people I know do not have the equipment necessary to move this snow. Guess what is next to the sidewalk??? THE STREET! That was just plowed onto the sidewalk. The mayor needs to think before writing something like that.
doris noel February 15, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Super dave and smart guy. Why dont you move to a warmer climate.?
doris noel February 15, 2013 at 02:23 AM
What a good looking mayor. I moving to town.

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