What Grade Would You Give Dedham for Plowing the Streets?

Dedham residents, how well did the town handle the snowstorm?


Is your street clear? Are you still buried? Is your mailbox still standing?

On Friday and Saturday, Newport experienced a snow storm it will not soon forget. Several residents took to Facebook, the Patch site and Twitter to talk about the plowing.

Here's what a few residents had to say:

Mo Reed-McNally ‏@moreedmcnally

@DedhamPatch: What's up with the roads in Dedham? Why haven't East, High streets been plowed?

jeanne Punch Could not believe the conditions of the roads in Dedham...not just a few but every main road in Dedham was deplorable!!!! No EXCUSES DEDHAM.....they were well informed that this storm was coming and with the 24 hours driving ban plenty of time to clean up!!!! A disgrace!!!!
Stephanie Matern Agreed! East Street looked like it hadn't been plowed! I had people come to my house from neighboring towns and no one could get over how awful the roads were. There was NO excuse for the road conditions.
Tina Whalen I would love to disagree, but I just can not. Elmview Place, which is the exit to the gym of the High School got one pass. Not only that, they stopped before the end of the street and just went into the school parking lot. Missed the bottom half of the street and left the end house snowed in. Saw four plows go by the street with the blade up. Just saw the Custodians taking snow from the parking lot in the school pick up - this is going to be a long night for them.

As the piles of snow remain, we want to know how you grade the town's response (or state's) to yesterday's major snowstorm. Does the town get an A? B? C? F?

Tell us what you think below in the Comments section. Please mention if you live on a town or state road. 

Sandra February 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Great job..thank you.
Scottie C February 11, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Most streets were awful. The square yesterday was being plowed while it was down to one lane. Schools were not plowed out. The town could have done a MUCH better job!
kerry hawkins February 11, 2013 at 01:52 PM
I heard Dedham Square wasn't plowed very well until yesterday. Sprague St was down to pavement yesterday near the ECEC. I find the big mounds of snow near road entrances very stressful and worrisome. It very hard to see cars coming when you are trying to exit a street. I think there will be lots of accidents in the next few days. Please be careful out there!
John H February 11, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Terrible, the main roads were all still snow covered yesterday. Many look as though a plow went through once for one lane of travel. I went in to Boston and the main road was down to pavement and looked great. grade F
charlie February 11, 2013 at 04:40 PM
we had everybody on our street park in driveways so that the plows could clear the street of snow. The pick up with a plow on it can by once and hour if that. If you want us the clear the street then at least plow it. Not sure why we had a pick up instead of a plow. Now the street has an eight foot path down the middle and no where to park cars because there is over two feet of snow on both sides, This is an F from me.
Jerry Hickey February 11, 2013 at 04:44 PM
the town should be ashamed but i am sure it is not. over 24 hours notice and Dedham looks terrible. Main streets not clear and forget about side streets. really was anyone working or planning or anything?
Jerry Hickey February 11, 2013 at 04:46 PM
really? Dedham Ma right? wow
steve February 11, 2013 at 04:58 PM
I don't think that with the amount of taxes we pay in this town which are ridiculous I still can't understand why they are so high compared to other town's. We should be to eat off the roads. Why are there not a lot more sub contractors on the road like everyother town. Terrible planning by our town administrator was he here or home because he doesn't even live in town. Enough rambling just mad that we pay so much for really nothing beneficial to the residents.
Jerry Hickey February 11, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Amen Steve, really sad
ken peterson February 11, 2013 at 06:04 PM
We pay more then Boston for taxes and our streets look terrible. They need to get rid of the head of DPW and the Town Admin. Just drive onto Thomas Street and Whitehall Street all pure ice. What a Joke !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We pay these morons that's the bigger joke !!!!
Kathleen Mcneely February 11, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Kudos to Donna at the DPW, for being so pleasant,when I called & for a job well done .. Thank You
Tina Whalen February 11, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Has anyone tried to get out of the Ames School House Office parking lot. Went to drop off a fedex because the fedex box was removed from in front of the Post Office. I had to sneak out and pray that no one was coming by on Washington Street - no lie - at least 8 feet high and only room for one car to get in and out. Being next to the fire station, I think this is disgraceful. The fire truck is going to come speeding out of the fire house and hit someone or someone is going to hit them. There should be plenty of places to put the snow. The area at the Dolan Center, Stryer(sp) unused section of the cemeteries, multiple of softball fields that are not being used, even why not some of the Endicott Estate or the tract of land that the old rail road lines ran between High and Whiting? Yes there is room to put it. One country uses something that looks like a snow blower with a conga line of dump trucks behind it and fills them while emptying the streets - much like when they chew up the roads when pulling the tar up. Sounds like a really good idea. Dump trucks went up and down Mt. Vernon to dump snow in the old St. Mary's parking lot from early afternoon yesterday until 8 this morning. Now there seems to be no more dumping. Will the noise continue again during the night?
Dan O'Neil February 11, 2013 at 07:27 PM
I'm hearing there were equipment issues. So let me get this right. We aren't giving DPW proper equipment to do the job, we aren't giving them a good plan of attack and we aren't getting enough subcontractors out there. That clearly falls on the administration. Our taxes are rediculous. We are paying all this money out, but we can't afford firemen and can't get the roads plowed yet we are hiring more police officers and where were they when the square was backed up for snow removal yesterday? No detail to keep traffic flowing. Completely aweful. You know folks this is an election year for the board of selectman. The same board that allowed Keegan to have the charter changed. Maybe a few of them need to be changed too. It's sad that I say this because three of them are aquiantences of mine and have my upmost respect, but this is beyond rediculous.
Holly dixon February 11, 2013 at 10:51 PM
DPW gets an F for this clean up, poorly planned and executed. they had plenty of warning, we where told to stay of the streets for clean up and safety. where did the plows go not in my neighborhood or for that matter most of dedham is complaining they never saw a plow. the snow can be dumped in the back where the solar panels will be for now there is plenty of room lets hope this is the last storm of the season till DPW gets there act together
myrtle February 11, 2013 at 11:08 PM
dedham square not touched...norwood center cleared to perfection
Dan O'Neil February 12, 2013 at 12:32 AM
The town administrator is also claiming that private contractors hired by folks to plow there homes were causing a disruption. Even if there were a few isolated incidents and I'm sure this did add to there problems becaus I know folks who do this, but to say that's the cause of the problem is stretching it.
steve February 12, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Yeah real good excuse blame the private contractors for your inability to your job. Storms happen once in awhile and you can't even handle it. I really think we have to address our town and the decision making that is going on. When are we going to get anyting inrrn. T
Kathleen February 12, 2013 at 01:04 AM
No sidewalks cleared near middle /high school. Kids will be walking to school in roads with dangerously high snow banks. Saw Needham doing sidewalk plows all in around center. Also agree the Square was a disaster.
Mary Ellen February 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM
The Town Administrator needs to go along with the Selectmen. 15.00 plus for taxes and this is what they give you.We need somebody who has run a business, to take over and run this Town.It keeps getting worse here, not better.
Mary Ellen February 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Norwood Town Manager.... there is a guy who is worth his weight in gold. He has always been the best of all the communities in the area. Kudos to him he knows how to run things and get it done efficiently. Are you listening Dedham.
susan james February 12, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Why are the sidewalks done on Dedham Blvd all the way to the Boston Line when Cedar, Whiting, Oakdale streets are not done...I saw many high schoolers walking in the road to the high school...doesn't seem very safe does it?
Susan February 12, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Dedham gets a big fat red F! The clean up was an absolute disgrace. Our taxes went up this past year and this is how our money is managed? Nice try Town Admin...there is no passing the buck here. Town Admin needs to take responsibility for his own ineptness and step aside for someone who can actually do the job—preferably somebody honest and who actually LIVES in Dedham. (Comment from Steve above says he doesn't even live here. I didn't even know this until now. A quick Google search has me guessing he lives in Seekonk. Seriously? SEEKONK?! SMH). Norwood roads were spotless and their taxes are $10.58. For $15.43 Dedham gets incompetence. Lovely. Thank you Town Admin for wasting my money. I agree with Mary Ellen—it's just getting worse. Time for a change.
John H February 12, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Susan, the worst part is we actually give him a vehicle and pay for his gas to travel back and forth to Dedham.
Susan February 12, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Oh well, now that makes sense—not. Ugh, I had no idea. Serves me right for being an uninformed resident—no more though. Thank you Selectmen for wasting our money on this unnecessary expense: http://dedham.patch.com/articles/dedham-selectmen-ok-297-percent-base-increase-for-keegan-in-new-3-year-deal#photo-4638329
Abby February 12, 2013 at 05:00 PM
I have to agree with the majority of the comments. Where is the town administer? Clearly, since he doesn't live in Dedham, he was unable to get here. We received a couple of automated phone calls, but he spoke so quickly and not clearly, it was difficult to understand him. I also have to say that while leaving any street in this town, you hold your life in your hands and take a deep breath. The piles of snow are so high that you have to inch out slowly to be able to see if any oncoming cars are approaching. Drive safely and very cautiously, everyone.
disgusted in dedham February 22, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Seems to get worse every year. Apparently they're unaware that streets are more than a plow-width wide. Up to the curb on both sides boys, this isn't rocket science. This town has gone to crap. $6200 a year in taxes for a 2 bdrm house in Oakdale. New schools (which were completely unnecessary) up the ying yang, Legacy Place (never been, never will), how about a few more parks??? Sure, the kids don't have enough places to play on their $600 phones. Yet year after year, the seniors keep getting screwed. How about a few more 40B's???? And my favorite....Who's the genius that put the parks/rec on pristine waterfront property??? Are you kidding me! Never thought I'd say it....NORWOOD LOOKS BETTER EVERY SINGLE DAY. p.s. Does everyone know the town administrator gave himself a nice raise? BITE ME
Avon Barksdale February 22, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Wow, I've never seen that rant before. Please leave Dedham immediately, we will sure miss you. Some advice first, though: feel free to sit with a bunch of Norwood High parents at any kids/high school athletic event. If you still feel like you can stomach living in Norwood, I think that Dedham will recover from your leaving.
Sandra February 22, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Wish there was a "like" button for Avon's comment.
Edna February 28, 2013 at 01:47 AM
The flaw in your logic is the 'seniors getting screwed' bit. If you wonder why your taxes are high now, look to the seniors. They are the generation that deferred maintenance, didn't build schools or replace buildings, and took pride in Dedham's low taxes for many years. It's caught up with us now. Also, the genius who puts parks/rec on pristine waterfront property were the voters of Dedham.
Steve March 18, 2013 at 02:23 PM
People have difficulties grasping that an average road received about 300,000 cubic feet of snow per mile during the 2013 blizzard. Even if compacted once plowed, It's a lot to move, remove or truck away. Furthermore, during such an emergency, large businesses, supermarkets, etc, are paying more than the town, hence it is extremely difficult to find contractors or machinery available for "extra help"


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