Cottonwood Heights mayor, residents unhappy with new snow removal service

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  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 2:02 p.m.

    What part of the County services did they not like or could needed improvement? The only services they ditched were Snow Removal, Street Signs, Striping, Pavement and Concrete. Is the issue with the signs? the lines on the road? the sidewalks? pavement? What needed to be improved?

    What qualifications does a lawn care company have to repair roads? To pour concrete? Are they going to contract the work out?

    Why did you not allow the public to comment and vote on such an important issue?

    So many questions and just typical political side step answers. I could give the answers that they will give for each question.

    The fact is they are willing to work with teracare rather than working with the county. It's obvious the mayor was politically motivated. Maybe he doesn't like someone or has a kickback from this private company. Who knows?

    Time to recall cullimore!

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    @ DN Subscriber 2

    The incompetence of the company and the mayor that forced the city to leave the County, is clearly obvious. The mayor and teracare claim this was a record-breaking storm. Really? That was a small storm. Wait until big storms hit. Even with all ten of their lawn equipment trucks on the road they couldn't clear it. Now they're just dumping salt on ice. At the low temperature it has little effect.

    The fact of the matter is mayor cullimore leaving the county was his personal political decision and didn't base it off of facts and figures. The county provided the service at a lower rate, better service than he could get from a private lawncare company.

    The media needs to look at the contracts. Compare what Salt Lake County provided and at what cost in comparison to Teracare. Let the voters see the real information, rather than interviewing the mayor that keeps watering down and side stepping the issue.

    Maybe cullimore just needs to resign like swallow did.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 10:31 p.m.

    Definitely much lower standards of performance that Cottonwood Heights enjoyed with SL County in the past.

    Perhaps it was the fact that it was the first big storm of the year, with relatively warm ground which caused snow to melt then freeze up as ice.

    I will allow some learning curve, as far as schedules and routes, but the trucks used were much smaller than SL County used. That translates to less power to push heavy snow with the plow, smaller loads of salt and more frequent need to return to base to refill the salt.

    Snow removal is a major safety issue, and if the contractor cannot perform, fire them. If the contractor cannot be fired, then fire the mayor and council members.

    If the contractor CAN perform, after getting off to a very bad start this time, then I welcome their services and thank it may translate into a wise decision, as well as a cost savings. If not, we were penny wise and pound foolish, or the contract was poorly written.

    They only get one second chance, and the first impression will take a lot to overcome it.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Dec. 4, 2013 10:23 p.m.

    As for me and my house, located in a small, rural town in remote southwest Wisconsin, we have excellent snow removal services.

    Hint: When you privatize something, the cost has to include profit for the investors (the biggest priority in a business). Therefore, the pay to workers is cut and the quality of service is reduced. Oh, there might be some good guys or girls who will keep doing the job because they need the money. But just try to replace those people with what the company will want to pay them. Good luck!

    Our local school bus drivers are great, too. Our district has 2 ministers and several farmers who drive our kids. Salt of the earth folks and trustworthy, too.

    There are just some services that communities must unite to provide.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 6:24 p.m.

    re: Bill Shakespeare

    Isn't that what Wall St claimed in 2008??

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Dec. 4, 2013 6:16 p.m.

    Cry me a street in East Millcreek still hasn't been plowed. Before you want Salt Lake County snow removal back, be careful what you wish for.

  • agarrett PROVO, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 5:53 p.m.

    As are the Provo residents! Where's the salt?!!

  • Bill Shakespeare Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    Wasn't the free market supposed to solve all of our problems?

  • ca2000 West Wendover, NV
    Dec. 4, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    You get what you pay for I guess...