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Update: Mayor Updates Residents on Storm

Bob Mezzo says the borough has made significant progress on Sunday clearing streets and neighborhoods.

Naugatuck Mayor Bob Mezzo (see his blog here) issued the following CodeRed Emergency Notification on Monday, Feb. 11, at 11:45 a.m.

The Naugatuck Emergency Operations Center (“EOC”) remains activated at the Naugatuck Fire Station.  The Borough has Public Works crews and contractors at or scheduled for the following streets and areas currently:

• Hunters Mountain;

• Spencer Street Area;

• Side streets off Spring Street;

• Evening star, Warm Earth and Longwood Drive in Indian Hills;

• Streets North of Millville;

• Streets south of Millville Area, but parked and stuck cars are slowing progress;

• Wooster Street Area;

• Donovan Road Area;

• Ridgeland Drive;

• Longview Terrace;

• Bailey Road; and

• The Ridge and Celentano Drive Area

This group of streets and areas is fluid, and other roads will be added accordingly throughout the day.  We will attempt to provide updates as they become available, but can not give accurate estimates of plowing times.

Overnight, progress made to open and clear roads in several locations previously referenced, but work still remains on portions of those streets.

Currently there are seven (7) private contractors with eleven (11) pieces of equipment and one (1) crew from the Town of Ridgefield, which are joining Borough personnel, all with heavy equipment.  We expect additional resources to arrive throughout the day, and are using all efforts to obtain additional contractors with heavy equipment. The National Guard remains in Naugatuck, and has a vehicle that can get through heavy snow for emergency 911 response.  Regular plowing and sanding crews are engaged to respond to freezing rain that is predicted to fall throughout the day.

Once we have passable lanes on all Borough streets, we will then concentrate efforts to widen streets already plowed.

We appreciate feedback about roads that need plowing, but we are diverting enormous amounts staff time attempting to respond to requests for exact plow times through phone calls, emails and other communications and social media.  Please limit your communications to emergency management personnel and departments to emergency situations and requests for assistance.  We are certainly aware that this storm has caused high levels of frustration for all, but no one’s street is going to be plowed sooner because of constant requests to do so.  Please call 911 for emergencies, and call the Naugatuck Fire Department at 203-720-7083 for all other requests for assistance.

Public works crews are clearing catch basins in problem areas in response to the rain and freezing rain currently falling.  If you have the ability, any assistance you can provide to clear catch basins in your neighborhoods would be greatly appreciated.

This (Below) Was Posted on Mezzo's Blog Sunday

The Borough has made significant progress clearing the streets and neighborhoods referenced during the noon call.  Additional private contractors and state resources have arrived and are expected to arrive tonight (2/10/2013) and early morning (2/11/2013).  Currently there are three (3) private contractors and one (1) crew from the Town of Ridgefield, which are joining Borough personnel, all with heavy equipment.  We expect four (4) additional contractors and two (2) crews from Middlebury to join us by the morning (2/11/2013).  We have requested National Guard assistance on Saturday (2/9/2013), and are expecting to receive equipment and personnel from the National Guard later this evening (2/10/2013). Regular plowing and sanding crews are prepared to respond to any freezing rain that falls in the morning (2/11/2013).

We should see plowing and clearing efforts begin in all neighborhoods by tomorrow morning (2/11/2013) at the latest.  While we can not provide residents with exact times when their respective road will be cleared, we should have the resources and equipment to make serious progress throughout the night (2/10/2013) and into the morning (2/11/2013).

Naugatuck Schools will be closed on Monday (2/11/2013).  School officials have been monitoring the amount of snow accumulated on school roofs throughout the weekend.

Town hall, the Naugatuck Senior Center, and all other non-emergency management departments will be closed tomorrow (2/11/2013) in the Borough.  Governor Malloy has advised all non-essential state employees not to report to work on Monday (2/11/2013).

There will be no regular trash or recycling collection on Monday (2/11/2013).  At the current time, all regular trash and recycling days will be pushed back one day for this week only.

The local state of emergency will be extended through 12:00 Noon on Wednesday (2/13/2013).  Naugatuck’s Emergency Operations Center (“EOC”) will remains activated at the Naugatuck Fire Station.

From Noon on Sunday

The following is the text from the Code Red message issued around 12:00 Noon today.

Naugatuck’s Emergency Operations Center (“EOC”) will remains activated at the Naugatuck Fire Station.  The Borough has public works crews and contractors scheduled for the following areas today:  Both sections of the Indian Hills area; the Ridge off Osborn Road; Andrew Mountain Road; Anderson and School Street; between Aetna Street and Millville Avenue; and the Brittany Woods/Gail Drive area.  We are attempting to obtain additional resources, and would deploy them upon receipt to the Platts Mill and Beacon Manor areas.  All schedules are subject to changes resulting from responding to 911 emergencies.

Overnight, progress made to open and clear roads in several locations on or near: Field Street, Deepwood Road, Timothy Lane, Mill Street, North Hoadley Street, Round Hill Circle, King Street, Bridal Trail Drive, and section of Millville Avenue.  Once again, progress was slowed by the need to respond to 911 emergencies.

The Borough has once again requested additional resources from private contractors with large equipment, as well as from state sources.  The need for such equipment is very high throughout the Connecticut, and not readily available.  Personnel and contractors are working around the clock as hard as possible to clear roads and remove snow.

We realize that everyone wants information about when their particular street is being plowed.  Unfortunately a significant amount of time is being devoted by all of us responding to such phone calls, emails and other communications on social media.  We attempt to provide information about where plowing efforts are being focused as soon as it is available.  The reality is, however, that it still may be a couple days before all roads are cleared in Naugatuck and throughout most of Connecticut.  Please limit your communications to emergency management personnel and departments to emergency situations and requests for assistance.  No one’s street is going to be plowed sooner because of constant requests to do so.  Please call 911 for emergencies, and call the Naugatuck Fire Department at 203-720-7083 for all other requests for assistance.

Naugatuck Schools will be closed on Monday (2/11/2013).

Please refrain from travel if at all possible as road conditions remain hazardous in many locations.

We will have another update shortly.

doris noel February 11, 2013 at 11:48 PM
And dont forget this site could biind you legally for slander.
Love that dirty water February 12, 2013 at 12:36 AM
If you don't like the services you are receiving, then do something about it, such as pay more taxes, get involved or move. I'm not an advocate for any politician, but you must realize that the borough is not in the best of economic conditions. You can't make chicken salad out of chicken sh!t. You get what you pay for and by far, the borough's tax assesments and mil rate are far lower than neighboring towns.
SKID February 12, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Major Mezzo turned out to be a Major Zero. His decision making is of a very amateurish nature
jerry mishler February 12, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Ok dirty water, I respect your opinion. I have done somthing about it, cleaned my driveway, my neighbors and any catch basins so water can drain. I am tried, as everyone else. All I am asking for is someone from the borough to physical come out to my street and see, oh sh!t there is a 12 foot pile of snow 60 feet away from the main road. I need to get someone over here and at least make a passable lane for people to get out. It is all not assessment and mill rates. It is poor planing.
Lynn February 12, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Love that dirty water - are you comparing our tax assessments to neighboring towns such as Oxford, Middlebury, Southbury, Watertown, maybe Prospect etc@? How about state bailed-out Waterbury??? We don't get what we pay for in the borough - we pay for wage increases, pensions, school superintendent who severely overspent his budget yet some of our schools do not meet educational standards , and much much more!!!
Lynn February 12, 2013 at 01:36 AM
How is our towns budget doing???? I would love to know.
Lynn February 12, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Doris, "For the record" you are the one that brought up the subject of your mother....
april mishler February 12, 2013 at 01:51 AM
@lou banger... really? It comes down to insulting me because you don't like my opinion? Shame on you. For not knowing that i am DUE, NOT DO to have a child anf assuming that i smoke and drink during my pregnancy. And my husband was EXHAUSTED from shoveling and clearing snow from ours and 4 neighbors driveways so i thought it'd be nice to give him a break. Sorry no one is that kind to you, but now we all know why. Now could you respond without a judgemental comment that attacks me? Probably not, so i only expect the worst. Happy 5th snow day Naugatuck!
Kid With Pony Tail who works at Nardelli's February 12, 2013 at 02:19 AM
I just wish people would be honest about who they really are on here. There would be so much less arguments and stupid posts.....And Lou Banger, shame on you! You don't even tip when you order your Buffalo Chicken grinder with no cheese at Nardelli's!
tj February 12, 2013 at 03:44 AM
I would like to thank the mayor for keeping us updated on what was going on around town this weekend. And as the plows came down my road I was happy to see that they didn't push the snow back into the driveway. And for all of you out there please stop making it all about you, your not the only street, the only house, the only people in the town, I think for all the snow that was drop on us that the town did a great job. So thank you to all of you that worked around the clock to get us through this!!
Kevin O'Shea February 12, 2013 at 03:46 AM
@doris noel Not for anything, but YOU put your dead mother into YOUR comments earlier. YOU then insulted and berated @ralph hall then YOU called everyone cry babies and idiots. Now YOU are proudly boasting that your potty mouth is better in person than online?? Come on, Really?? I didn't know children were allowed to post on this site.
Ronald Swierbitowicz February 12, 2013 at 03:49 AM
I have just one question....Which one of you are going to run for mayor in the next election? I'm guessing none of the people on this site will run against mayor Mezzo. If you think things can be done so much better, step up and tell the people how. Run for mayor and get your ideas out there. I would love to hear how anyone would have done better under the circumstances.
Mary K February 12, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Ron, The mayor is doing an okay job under the circumstances, the public works director should be removed, he was inadequate as town engineer and is less so in the street department. This was his call and he failed us. The mayor and town officials should work to hire people that put Naugatuck first.
Ralph Hall February 12, 2013 at 03:59 AM
doris noel... you are a very bitter and angry person, actually pretty rude also, my guess is that you probably know how to swear profanity also. very sorry for you.
Ralph Hall February 12, 2013 at 04:04 AM
Yes, comments like yours, "she is resting in peace, I wish you would do the same" could be perceived as a threat of harm. Real deep thinking going on here...
doris noel February 12, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Lynn. I can talk bout mom all I want. For the record. You cant
doris noel February 12, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Like a truck driver.
SKID February 12, 2013 at 04:35 AM
tj "And as the plows came down my road I was happy to see that they didn't push the snow back into the driveway." nice to know your so happy after being plowed out....we all want to be just like you. moron....
Ralph Hall February 12, 2013 at 04:38 AM
doris, stop picking on Lynn F. She's a smart and sassy Naugy resident and a helluva great painter. You should stick to criticizing someone with the same intellectual capacity as yourself, say a circus clown or goldfish.
Jimmy Ayash February 12, 2013 at 04:48 AM
Ralph, your as funny as Ralph from the Honey Mooners, you really made me laugh and probably be smiling for a few days. Can't as for more in life then laughter.
Ralph Hall February 12, 2013 at 04:53 AM
Jimmy, Ralph from the honeymooners was a legend, I am simply a man. I am glad there are still people that can laugh as you do. btw... I love your AyashMan sandwiches and food, hope the snow issues hasn't hurt your business...
DuDu February 12, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Kid With Pony Tail who works at Nardelli's I know who you are, hahaha.
DuDu February 12, 2013 at 05:02 AM
Make me a grinder please?
Melin February 12, 2013 at 05:06 AM
For those of you that have nothing better to do than complain. Be a part of the solution. If you don't like the way things are being handled then become a town official and do it better. When you give your opinion make sure you have all of the facts. People sound ignorant and incompetent when they don't have all of the information correct. Other towns still have unplowed roads such as Shelton, Stratford, Bridgeport and etc. Fact! If you have solutions of how to do it better next time. Then tell your town officials respectfully. Think of how you want some to tell you. For those of you who wanted to get out of your streets sooner and snow blowed them yourselves. Kudos to you. Thank you for helping yourself, the town and your neighbors. Those of you who feel you could have done a better job plowing and want to let your tax dollars work for you. Buy an oversize plow and do it for the town and get paid for it. After the first storm it should pay for itself according to you. If you don't like how Naugatuck runs things and prefer the way other towns do things. Well then move there. Lets start a new trend. Lets talk about fthings that went right. Ill start. I didn't need 911 services during this Blizzard, didn't lose my job. I actually got paid for it. It was nice to be home with my family considering the people from Sandy Hook would have loved to be snowed in with their families but cannot.
Melin February 12, 2013 at 05:11 AM
And wow i have awesome neighbors who prefer to work together than complain. I am happy our town workers are doing such a great job of getting rid of this snow. When our lives go back to normal they will still be getting rid of thos snow.
Jimmy Ayash February 12, 2013 at 05:15 AM
All is well Ralph, thanks for the kind words.
doris noel February 12, 2013 at 05:15 AM
Ralph didn't I already tell you to shut up. You have two ears and one mouth so listen twice as much as you talk. Your a bottom feeder. Feel sorry for you. Ill pray for you. Ding dong.
doris noel February 12, 2013 at 01:25 PM
I wish more people would be as good as Melin. Nicely put. Thank you. You are right.♥
doris noel February 12, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Wake up ralphy boy. Tine for your diaper change.
Joey Roderiguez February 12, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Hey - I saw Ed carter eating an Al's hotdog driving a plowtruck - he's amazing!!!

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