To the Editor:
Last week, Old Man Winter let us know that he wasn’t just done yet and he dumped over a foot of snow on the city. On the eve of the storm, Mayor Cockayne went on Channel 3 and let the whole state know that Bristol was well prepared for the storm, but he was going to be as fiscally conservative as possible so that he would not go over the city’s snow removal budget.
It seems, however, that he was too conservative in his spending and his planning was not thorough enough. Sitting at home, waiting for the storm to pass, I saw a picture of a city police vehicle and another of an ambulance getting stuck on city streets. No such accidents were occurring anywhere else in the state, making Bristol look incompetent. A city plow truck blew a tire as well on Camp Street in the middle of the storm showing a lack of preparation with the plows.
I do not blame the plow drivers or their work for they did the best job that they could. I blame the mayor for his lack of planning and lack of execution during Blizzard Stella/Eugene.
When it comes to inclement winter weather, a blizzard nonetheless, we cannot be stingy on spending. When that happens, lives become at risk as emergency personnel are not able to reach the people who need it. We need better planning, better execution, and less of a fear of overspending during the next winter storm.