Newton City Administrator Bob Knabel acknowledged that the city's efforts to clear streets following the pre-Christmas storm that dumped nearly a foot of wet, heavy snow on the city left much to be desired, but vowed to use it as a learning experience going forward.
During discussion on Monday on the city's response to the snowstorm that closed schools for two days, made traveling on sidestreets akin to traversing a corn row and had crews still working to clear streets on the weekend before New Year's Day, Knabel said staff has been brainstorming on how to better handle similar situations in the future.
"We all agree we are not satisfied with the result," he said.
The City Administrator said a number of ideas are being evaluated including, equipment needs, working around the clock, bringing additional city employees in to assist, moving into residential areas when the snow reaches a certain depth and windrowing plowing practices in certain areas.
"Next time we will be better prepared," Knabel said in offering his thanks to department staff and crews for offering their ideas on ways to improve. "We were fighting a storm in a handicapped position both from a storm standpoint and how we went about it."