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Tell us about your streets! How did the plowers do?

Published: Wed, February 10, 2010 @ 7:59 a.m.

With word that another winter blast could bring an additional foot of snow to the Mahoning Valley Tuesday/Wednesday, The Vindicator staff is wondering about the condition of the streets that you use each day. How have they fared after this past weekend's big snow?

If you want to share your experiences, call us at (330) 747-1471, ext. 1384.


1joydav(41 comments)posted 6 years ago

Youngstown plowers are not good. My daughter has been stuck on Uber since it snowed, her street still hasn't been plowed as of yet. It is 3 days later and her street is still horrible. I've left 2 messages and no one has responded. Now I'm about to call her again and see if the street has been done. I respond again in a few minutes.

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2echris1015(8 comments)posted 6 years ago

The Brownlee Woods area of Youngstown wasn't done until nearly 24 hours after the last drop of snow fell, which is unacceptable, but it is normal when we have more than a few inches. Main roads are done 10+ times during this time period, but most side streets in our area aren't done ONCE, leaving people stuck inside their homes, even after they've cleared their driveway.

Numerous calls also went unanswered.

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3joly1584(24 comments)posted 6 years ago

The plow went down our street on the west side of Youngstown about 3:00 am Sunday, but it is not what I would call cleared. All it did was pack down the snow.

We went to a Super Bowl party in Canfield last night and were very jealous. The side streets we drove on(off of route 46) were totally clear and dry.

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4jgm820(131 comments)posted 6 years ago

The roads crews in Hubbard & Hubbard Twp. have done a great job. Most residents have done a nice job on the sidewalks for the school kids too. The main road sidewalks need to be addressed - many students use those sidewalks to walk home - forcing them into the main street.

I work in (and pay quite a bit of tax) to the City of Youngstown - I was appalled at the condition of Wick Ave this morning - at first I thought it was potholes, then realizing it was ice frozen in huge chunks. They should just pay the university to plow Wick from Ursuline to Wood Street.

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5walter_sobchak(2513 comments)posted 6 years ago

As a resident of the City of Canfield, our street dept., once again, did a fantastic job. Streets were clear by Saturday morning. As my bride works in the Dungeon of Death (Youngstown), we have to make estimated tax payments quarterly to Canfield. It is the one tax payment I don't mind making because we get great services for our money. In fact, we invite all non-residents to travel our wonderful streets at any speed so you can personally thank one of our many police officers. For a minor fee, they will be more than happy to show you how their radar guns work.

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6Yossarian(2 comments)posted 6 years ago

I live in Niles and the major arteries were pretty well cleared ahead of the storm. The side streets, for the most part, were passable. I still do not understand why they don't put down more slag at the intersections and use almost no salt at all? The price of salt is down from last year and it would really help on the more slippery minor arteries.

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7AKAFR1(322 comments)posted 6 years ago

Austintown did a terrible job on their roads. I did not have a snow plow clear my neighborhood until 11:00 am on Sunday. I will remember that next time they ask me to vote for a levy.

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8henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 6 years ago

Everytime that it snows, Mahoning County and Milton Township forget about us. Every year at TAX TIME, they come find us......! The roads around Lake Milton SUCK!

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9Rokscout(310 comments)posted 6 years ago

Please remember that some roads are county, city, state, and township.....you can see the difference in some of them. AKAFR1, that stinks about your street in Austintown. My neighborhood in Austintown was cleared fairly early Saturday morning and I was highly impressed with the township road department. County roads were TERRIBLE. Boardman did a great job on the township roads also. Please don't hold lack of county work against the townships.

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10north_side_girl(214 comments)posted 6 years ago

around YSU, when there's up to five guys all sharing one house, there's only room for one or two cars to park in the driveway and the others have to park in the street. the city won't plow if there are cars in the road, especially when they're parked on both sides, and especially when there's a parking ban. those who are stuck stay stuck until enough cars are moved for a plow to get through. our street didn't get done until about 5pm sunday, and cops were writing tickets and attempting to tow cars for those who either couldn't or wouldn't move off the street.

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11boxerlover(133 comments)posted 6 years ago

As a westsider, I applaud the street dept. Normally, since we are a small side street, we do not get plowed for days after the snow. My neighbors knowing this tried to clear one path down our street which got us through. Much to our surprise, not a snow plow, but an earth mover came up and down and did a fantastic job. Kudos to Yo. Street Dept. Thanks for not letting us be last this year!!

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12Nunya22(315 comments)posted 6 years ago

I am a resident of the northside of Youngstown my street was cleared from the begining of the storm to the end. I will say some side streets through the city seem to get skipped alot each year or done at a last minute and have lots of people stranded.

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13austintowner(2 comments)posted 6 years ago

Austintown township always does a great job at clearing snow and this weekend was no exception. County, on the other hand, is another story. I would rate Mahoning Ave as only fair with a few large sections of packed snow. I rode through the Browlee Woods area on sunday and side streets are horrible, and youngstown-poland rd is horrible. And, who is in charge of 680?? Why are none of the exit and entrance ramps clear? Aren't the ramps part of the freeway?

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14atownreader(34 comments)posted 6 years ago

I do not know who is responsible, but Shields Rd., Midlothian, and Glenwoood were treacherous beyond belief this morning. It was ice ridges from curb to curb...they should have closed those roads.

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15Rokscout(310 comments)posted 6 years ago

@atownreader: Shields and Glenwood are county roads. Midlothian....not sure.

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16sweetsue(3 comments)posted 6 years ago

I live on a main thorough fare on the southside of Youngstown so my street and the two main streets that cross it on each end were pretty clear and passable, however, I was on the near westside yesterday afternoon and it had not been touch. As a matter of fact the snow plow came through around 3:30 pm. Traveling to Austintown, the streets were clear. I work on the northside of Youngstown. I went to the Liberty Walmart a short while ago, the streets are clear, but as soon as I traveled south of Gypsy Lane on Belmont Avenue, the streets are not clear.

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17HunterGreen(11 comments)posted 6 years ago

Hubbard Township did a good job. Of course some people complained that it took them until afternoon to go through (unlike early morning usually) and then only did one 'middle of the road' (unlike usual back and forth, which they did come back for the same day). But some people always complain. I bet they worked their behinds off, and I want to say thanks!!

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18mammadoll(17 comments)posted 6 years ago

yo street dept is awful~ my neighbor and I have driveways that come onto the side street we can only go one way~up to the main road~ this side street is usually never plowed until 4-5 days after the snowfall ~ sunday was no exception! main street was plowed but 30inches os snow or more dumped at the top of side street making it impossible for any kind of vehicle to get to the main road~ I PAID the guy who does my drive and HE opened up the mound of snow~ but it was too late for me to get to work and this is now the second time I have had to miss work because of this~ when I called the police dept dispatcher told me to call a cab ~ I thought the police might be able to take me to work because of my work but she told me that she had people help her dig out and I should do the same~ virtually impossible to do that with shoels

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19ts1227(137 comments)posted 6 years ago

Columbiana County did surprisingly well on the county roads, they were pretty much clean come Sunday morning.

Salem, not so much. They left the plow way too far off of the pavement, traveling from a county road into Salem was like night and day. I don't know if Salem is afraid of getting too close to the pavement because they would have to spend money they don't have to fix the roads later or what, but they were bad.

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20HereToServe(39 comments)posted 6 years ago

to the Youngstown residents.
If you feel as though the street dept did not do a good job, call the Mayors office and let them know what you think.
It is the administration who decides the routes and such
There is a building and grounds commissioner who tells the street dept what to do

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21Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 6 years ago

Most roads here in Cornersburg are one lane cant fit two cars on it. There is still alot of snow on the roads extending about 5 feet ito the street. The plowed sections of road is terrible. And they want the tax passed???

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22Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years ago

Wick was still a mess tonight at the YSU Campus .

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23mcluvin(72 comments)posted 6 years ago

It is easy for Canfield Atown, Hubbard and such to get their roads clear because they dont have heavily traveled wide roadways. I feel that the City did a fine job for what they have to work with. Oh and Walter you are an idiot. I can count on one hand how many times I have been to Canfield. With the interest only home loans and snobby soccer moms. I do however like to pick them up when they come downtown lookin to creep on thier looser husbands though. ;)

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24Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 6 years ago

I noticed the suburbs side streets are like the main streets in youngstown and the side streets in youngstown are really bad.

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25anothercityresident(13 comments)posted 6 years ago

Our street has a cul-de-sac at one end and a barrier at the other. No one got out of here on Saturday without 4-wheel drive. At 7:30 a.m. on Sunday a ROAD GRADER arrived to plow this street. What a mess. Thank heaven for cooperative neighbors and snowblowers. I'll bet Castle Court did not have to wait that long to be plowed out and I'll bet they did a much better job there.

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26Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 6 years ago

I ended up doing 6 driveways for my elderly neighbors and pulling out 4 cars and I still have to redo the approach when they do decide to plow. Spring is not the correct answer to snow removal plans

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27Bman(151 comments)posted 6 years ago

The Campbell and Struthers street crews did a great job! I have been in both areas alot since the snow fall and for two smaller communities with smaller crews, one would presume that the roads would be a mess. However, they are very clear!

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28ttup1rd(27 comments)posted 6 years ago

If you drive on county roads be carefull, marilyn kenner changed the way things are done there, we no longer use salt, were putting down DIRT to save money. Next time you pass a county truck look at the material in the bed.

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29walter_sobchak(2513 comments)posted 6 years ago

Please, don't insult my intelligence. The state and federal highways in Canfield are done by the state, not our city dept., which is what I responded about. The city streets are always in great shape as our city dept. work very diligently at their job.

Yes, I can agree that I must be an idiot since I live in Canfield. When we decided to move here years ago, we couldn't help but notice the nice neighborhoods, restricted zoning, heavy police presence, civic pride, etc. But, the main reason we came here was for the school system. You know, the schools that are rated excellent with distinction. You see, I am not from Canfield, I am from the Southside of Youngstown and a product of the once-proud Youngstown School System. An area where everybody was from the same type of hard working family. I still try to patronize any business that has chosen to remain in Youngstown, but there isn't much retail left.

So, now my children attend YSU and receive scholarships. Never cared much for soccer, but it does keep our young people busy and off the streets, as does the football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, and hockey teams. Not saying that some of our kids don't get into trouble, but there doesn't seem to be much gun-play in our streets. And, there are snobby soccer moms that I would be happy if you would keep downtown because they creep me out too. Oh, by the way, I paid my home off in 15 years, have full equity and it has appreciated in value over 50% since I bought it.

So, please stay downtown with those like you. And let me know if Bob Hagan demands a rematch, hopefully at a bigger venue, like BW3. That would be worth a cover charge. ;)

So, from the way I see it, the onlt thing that would classify me as an idiot is that I wasted my time responding to a uneducated, miserable lout such as you

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30Bigben(1996 comments)posted 6 years ago

Boardman -Not good. I think the main reason is the apparent lack of salt put down. There are lots of snow ruts even on 224 ,Market and South Avenue.If it is too cold for the salt to work than at least give us some slag for traction.

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31lbf(213 comments)posted 6 years ago

Bravo Boardman- y'all did GREAT!!!!!

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32Ken(153 comments)posted 6 years ago

For the amount of snow that fell in such a short time...all road crews did an excellent job! I was out and working Saturday afternoon and while roads were snow covered; they were all passable. My hats off to all road crews!!

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33mark(60 comments)posted 6 years ago

What a reversal this storm proved to be. Usually I expect little of the county, but much of Austintown Township and ODOT. But instead I found Mahoning Avenue to be better plowed than SR-46. Route 46 was atrocious, even 24 hours after they claimed it was "cleared" on the evening news. I'd have considered it "passable," but it was a blanket of packed snow and ice that was barely drivable if you had 4-wheel drive.

As for Austintown, they didn't even plow any of their neighborhood streets for at least 48-72 hours. I was highly disappointed in their response time. Not even one truck attempted to plow the neighborhoods of my own or several friends of mine.

On the other hand, Mahoning County did an exceptional job keeping Mahoning Avenue and major county roads in my area like Kirk, New, and Raccoon well-plowed and salted. Give yourselves a pat on the back. I will remember your good response time next time the engineer's office needs funding to keep up the good work.

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34Aware(253 comments)posted 6 years ago

Struthers has always been great. Campbell is and always has been awful. In some ways, the snow is helpful in Campbell since it fills up the potholes. And Campbell needs to notify residents when water mains break - as one did today. They do not have the courtesy to let the news stations know so that it can be put on TV as a scroll. They'd rather have residents be surprised and think it's just their house. Or, they force residents to to call neighbors to find out if they are also without water. This is atrocious and ignorant. They waste no time charging for all kinds of things in the water bills. What the heck is that money going toward?

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35harbres(29 comments)posted 6 years ago

We live on one of the streets in Niles down where Fairhaven School is.

Did a plow come down there??? Considering there is a school down there - the roads are horrendous!

I hope with the additional snow that we are expecting it will be cleared a little better. The buses can't even pass each other in some spots!

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36Yankeegirl(2 comments)posted 6 years ago

I live in Poland and they do a wonderful job!! So a BIG thank you to the crews...all the roads I traveld on were either all or mostly clear.

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37Aware(253 comments)posted 6 years ago

616 in Poland was miserable going toward Struthers, as was Matthews. Those routes were awful, even yesterday.

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38mrblue(1170 comments)posted 6 years ago

The roads in Campbell were cleaned a little better than in the past but it is true that there are pot holes everywhere.

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39henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 6 years ago

slimshady, my huskies refused to go out on the roads around Lake Milton, because THEY SUCK!!!

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40echris1015(8 comments)posted 6 years ago

2:15 pm on Wednesday and the Brownlee Woods area of Youngstown streets have been done exactly ONCE since the snow started falling on Friday.

Cars are continually getting stuck and can't even make it to the roads that have plowed previously.

People can't even make it to clean streets unless they have a 4X4 SUV. Pretty pathetic attempt at keeping the streets clean and safe by Youngstown workers.

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41Silence_Dogood(1603 comments)posted 6 years ago

The morons in Youngstown cant even plow the streets with HILLS . Your best bet if you have to drive thru Youngstown is to drive the Mill Creek Park roads they are the best kept roads in the area by far.

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42joly1584(24 comments)posted 6 years ago

I have not seen a plow all day today. None of the major streets in Youngstown look like they have been plowed, forget about any side streets.

Downtown streets are awful - at least some of the business owners have been good about keeping the sidewalks clear.

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43Aware(253 comments)posted 6 years ago

I agree with the Struthers comment above. They have always been the best around for cleaning up! And the police are the best, too - always have been.

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44macnbob(1 comment)posted 6 years ago

Here in the little village of McDonald I watch the police department drive around in this crap all night but no one wakes up the plow operators to clear the streets for the residents that go to work early. With a limited crew size, it may be a good idea to leave playing at the ice rink for another time and get to the business of plowing. Our roads are always crap. It's actually a releif to leave the village and get on the interstate. Someone needs to take charge of this and get it done. We all love this town, but this never changes! Help!

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45CCmom(31 comments)posted 6 years ago

Live in Y-town, since Saturday the plow truck has been spotted once. That was on Monday. It didn't even look like it had been plowed, terrible job. Where is the Street Dept.? Haven't heard or seen a plow lately. Pathetic.

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46joydav(41 comments)posted 6 years ago

Yes, to all Campbell residents, the roads were better than in the past on
Saturday. But, since then not so good. I feel that if any city township plows the roads that someone should be behind the to unblock all the drives that they block up with snow. Not everyone has children to shovel them out. To the person that made the crack moms comment about the Youngstown mothers being crack moms, your and idiot. My mom still lives in Ytown and doesn't do crack. If yall stay out of Ytown buying crack then there won't be any crack in Ytown, since the suburbs keep Ytown busy and in business they just spend the money you keep giving them. Back to road conditions! My daughter lives in Ytown and on a side street at that, she is just about still stuck. I thinks she said they plowed once on Monday and they are still practically stuck. I called the mayors office and they didn't answer the phone at all, left messages on the street departments answering machine at least 3 times because there wasn't an answer there either. I don't live in Ytown, but since I work there they take a crap load of taxes out of my paycheck and I don't understand the problem as to why all the street can't be done in a timely manner.

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47gypsygirl720(186 comments)posted 6 years ago

THANKS TO THE "WONDERFUL" street plowing in POLAND, we could NOT get in or out of our driveway.
Had to go out and SHOVEL their mess!

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48joly1584(24 comments)posted 6 years ago

Just got into work in downtown Youngstown. The streest west of Market have been plowed, but the streets east of Market have NOT been plowed.

Looks like the government buildings(City Hall, Voinovich, Children Services, Court of Appeals, Mahoning County Court) are getting priority. The buildings on the east end are the ones paying the taxes for those buildings.

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49Cicero(39 comments)posted 6 years ago

Kudos to the crews in Trumbull County. Streets in Liberty, Niles, Girard and Brookfield in great shape. Can't say the same for the Northside of Y-town. You can really tell when you cross the county line at Gypsy Lane.

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50amk858(3 comments)posted 6 years ago

I live on a county road in Springfield Twp. The county plow drove through twice after the first snow. They never dropped the plow. When a neighbor called out to the driver and asked why they didn't plow, the driver gave him the finger. Road still has not been touched and there is still 4-6 inches of snow in the intersections. I know they aren't going to come to my area first when there are many more main roads that need done first, but if you're going to drive through at least plow while you're there. If there is a logical reason why you can't plow the road, tell us, don't insult us with your middle finger!

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51p7413e1(2 comments)posted 6 years ago

As usual The City of Youngstown has done a pretty good job on Snow plowing. There are always room for improvement from all Cities, Township, Villages, etc. The County need to Regionalize all efforts.

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52computer_rick(137 comments)posted 6 years ago

Messerly Rd. in Canfield Township, FANTASTIC as always! I mean, nothing like putting a fire station and an ambulance service on your street to make sure it is clear, front back and sides!

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53boardmanres(40 comments)posted 6 years ago

It had mostly stopped snowing last night by 8PM and yet we just drove on streets that look like they have been untouched. Lowell, a street that crosses over RR tracks on Southern. This road has lots of traffic and 8 to 10 inches of snow still on the road. We also drove on Thallia, between Lake Park and Youngstown- Poland road in Struthers. This road is not plowed! My wife and I are trying to keep our blood pressure down and stop complaining about things we have no control over but it still makes us wonder, where are the snow plows. It has been 24 hours or more since the worst of the snowfall. I feel like I am living in a third world country more and more each day. Could someone in charge please offer us an excuse.

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54palbubba(767 comments)posted 6 years ago

I prsonally think Y town does a pathetic job. Couple that with the highest tax rate in the state and then tell what mismanagement really looks like.

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55echris1015(8 comments)posted 6 years ago

If you are in Youngstown, and are not happy with the job they've been doing on the streets, be sure to call 330-744-3179 and let them know you aren't happy! I called yesterday and expressed my concerns, was told they don't touch the side streets until the main streets are clear, leaving many on the side streets to dig out themselves over and over.

Let them know you aren't happy! I would also suggest contacting local media outlets as well.

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56joly1584(24 comments)posted 6 years ago

I understand they have to clear the main streets first, but Youngstown didn't seem to be doing anything on the main streets this week either. Mahoning Ave, Schenley, Belle Vista, Bears Den and McCollum just had tire tracks this week.

Downtown finally got plowed yesterday-great way to attract business!

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57henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 6 years ago

danikytn, u r smokin ! ! !

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58mrblue(1170 comments)posted 6 years ago

The Campbell street department is finally catching up and plowing the roads. One problem------,so many pot holes. It's like a war zone out there.

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59JOHNINYTOWN(2 comments)posted 6 years ago

my elderly parents live in the 1700 block of manhattan ave on the citys west side and they just plowed for the first time yesterday since the snow ,i made 5 calls to have them clean it i finally gave up and had friends plow in front of moms house so they could get out of drive way ,i know we got 18 inches but i live in austintown and my roads were clear the day after the storm

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60JOHNINYTOWN(2 comments)posted 6 years ago

ok so i did so checking on who lives where and what not but the big shots who live in ytown seem to always have their roads cleaned first i dont blame the plow drivers ,or lack of them u wanna see a bad road drive up from salt springs road to manhattan and continue on till it turns into maryland but dont stop cause they wont find you till spring

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61mcluvin(72 comments)posted 6 years ago

Hey John, Bigshots? Cmon man don't be a little girl. Let's hear some names. there is nothing that I hate more than when people throw out ambiguous comments and inuendos.

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62Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 6 years ago

The snow removal plan for the city is a joke. Main roads have been cleared for a few days and we still have one lane roads barely passable in the cornersburg area.

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63redvert(2212 comments)posted 5 years, 12 months ago

Gypsegirl wrote:

THANKS TO THE "WONDERFUL" street plowing in POLAND, we could NOT get in or out of our driveway. Had to go out and SHOVEL their mess!

I no longer live in Ohio during the winter so clarify this for me. Isn't it normal for the home owners to clean their driveways including the snow that winds up at the end of their driveway after the plows plow the streets. Would you rather they not plow the street? Maybe I am missing something!!!

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64Musicman2(1 comment)posted 5 years, 12 months ago

I Live in Cortland and the City did a SUPER JOB keeping our roads clear.. Keep up the great work !

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