LETTER: Common sense needed following big storms


I'm typing this on the Thursday of the "big dig-out" following the recent snow, and I just want to raise some common sense issues relating to driving.

Snow continues to accumulate during Winter Storm Jonas in York, Pa. on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (Dawn J. Sagert - The York Dispatch)

On a trip through town on George St., I had to wonder about the people who 'just had to' park at the meters, even though the street had not been cleared anywhere close to 'curb to curb'. This being York County, I must assume that because the meters were not required to be fed, a 'freebie is a freebie that needed to be utilized, and to heck with everybody else'.

Traveling again on George St., the sidewalks on the bridge over the Codorus Creek were pretty much full of snow that had been plowed from the street. I'm wondering when (or even if) these sidewalks will be cleared, as is required by the city? 'Who' will be held accountable if they are not cleared in a 'reasonable time?

How long does it take surrounding townships (as well as the city) to begin to knock down the mounds of snow and (now) ice at intersections? They blocked the sight lines of drivers. Yet in the spring and summer many of these same townships will be reminding property owners to trim their trees and shrubs for the very same reason.

I have heard it reported that some nearby cities and towns (perhaps even to include Baltimore) have suggested that if one runs out of space to put the snow removed from the sidewalks, it should be placed between parked cars. If a car is now blocked by these extra mounds of snow, how can it be moved so that snow removal can occur? How can this practice be justified, while at the same time, one can be cited for putting snow into an already plowed street? I can only guess that 'bureaucratic reasoning' goes that since these streets may not have been plowed, putting even more snow into the streets does not violate the letter of the ordinances.

And finally, I look to many a shopping center and store that have (or require) back door deliveries. While your prime concern may be to getting customers into your business, it makes little sense to make it, at best, difficult to get new supplies into your business. Take a little time and consideration to ensure that those who deliver to you have a safe place at which to deliver.

Jim Seidel

Spring Garden Township