I’ve heard grumblings about tree debris on the ground and broken, dangling branches. “When is the Town going to clean it up?” Last night, the Public Works Superintendent addressed the ongoing problems from the big Nor’easter in early March.
Karen Galligan told the Board of Selectmen that some “dangles” people complain about are literally out of their reach. The DPW relies on National Grid to return with its bucket trucks for more clean up of those issues.
As for brush on the ground, DPW has been hard at work chipping away at it. (Again, literally.) Workers have had to grapple with digging out brush frozen into the ground by rain followed by snow. And they are making their way around town, using their chipper to dispose of broken limbs.
The DPW head said that some debris is the responsibility of residents whose own trees broke. BOS Chair Dan Kolenda responded that some residents dragged Town trees onto their properties to get them out of the way. Galligan acknowledged that. She said they know where those trees came from and will be responsible for those.
During the update, Galligan explained that during days immediately following the storm, her crew was constrained on what it could do. They worked to move debris, but only for limbs not touching wires. To deal with those, they had to wait for NGrid crews and follow them around, cleaning up after it was safe.
The information was part of an update by the safety chiefs on Town’s personnel efforts during the storm. The discussion praise from selectmen for Town Police, Fire and DPW employees for their work during those difficult days.
Selectmen were enthusiastic about emergency personnel’s interaction with residents in need (with individual instances of employees going out of their way), the setting up of a warming center, and other efforts.
In turn, the safety chiefs expressed appreciation, not only of hard working employees, but also of the many residents who showed them support. That included examples of people who brought them food and coffee throughout the ordeal.
Galligan summed up her update by saying that residents have been very patient. With another storm on the way, she hoped they would continue to be.