Hartford Holds First Ever ‘Snow Meeting’ to Improve Response to Snow

Leaders in Hartford want to be proactive when it comes to improving the city's response to snow.

Following two winters of criticism, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra spent this hot day discussing how the city is going to do a better job keeping roads clear when snow starts flying.

"It's a good thing that we're here in September planning, rather than in the winter months and being reactive," said Segarra.

Hartford now has over 120 pieces of snow-fighting equipment, 66 plow drivers and a snow removal budget of nearly $800,000.

"We've significantly improved the last two years. We've overhauled and modernized our system. We've made adjustments in the routes, and we've also acquired additional equipment," Segarra said.

Business leaders and representatives from the police and fire departments attended today's meeting at the city’s Emergency Operations Center to help public works better understand their challenges during snow storms.

"We know what we're doing. We want to continue to modernize it and to streamline it. And again that's where all of you (in attendance) play an important part," said Department of Public Works Director Keith H. Chapman.

Segarra noted that the city needs to look into alternate parking bans so residents have a place to park, while making sure schools aren’t further delayed due to parking issues.

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