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January 17, 2013

Derry officials say snow removal will improve

DERRY — As the snow continues to fall, town officials hope to keep roads and sidewalks as clear as possible.

With two back-to-back snowstorms last month, some residents complained that snow removal could have been better.

Town officials agree.

“We feel we’ll do a better job as we move forward,” Town Administrator John Anderson said.

Anderson said the snow fell hard and quickly, and it caught the town off guard in some instances.

Some changes in personnel and new equipment also may have hindered the snow removal efforts.

“I think we handled both storm events on our main roads well,” Anderson said, “but we can always do better. We did get a little rusty and I apologize for that.”

Town Councilor Brian Chirichiello said he was concerned that children and elderly residents may be in dangerous situations on the town’s sidewalks if they are not cleared properly and quickly. Sometimes, the sidewalk snow remains and turns to ice so people need to walk in the streets to get where they are going.

“That’s a concern of mine,” Chirichiello said.

Anderson said he is aware that these are safety concerns and said all efforts would be made to do a better job as winter continues.

“We will look at all these things,” he said.

Anyone with concerns about snow removal can contact the town offices at 432-6111 and the proper officials will be notified.

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