It’s a thankless gig.
That’s what Mayor Jean Stothert learned yesterday.
You get a daytime snowstorm, and all heck will break loose.
The average citizen wants…nay, DEMANDS… that the city provide a snowplow directly in front of their vehicle, to their driveway, and up their front walk.
Heh. Well look, a little charity has to be given the Mayor. She Facebooked earlier in the day that pre-treating in this particular weather would not be effective, and could make things worse.
Here is the science behind pre-treating streets: Salt becomes less effective and almost non effective when air and pavement temperatures fall below a certain level. Below approximately 15 degrees, the risk for dilution and freezing is increased significantly. Two risks with this are creating ice sheets on the pavement from the brine itself and having falling snow bind to the brine, creating ice on the pavement, rather than melting or simply blowing off.
Then, you just have as many trucks rolling as possible. It’s not like she was holding a few plows back — or sending an extra dozen over to Barrington Park — instead of plowing Dodge.
And then the fracas between 84th and 90th was a little weird. Apparently the Walgreens at 90th & Dodge got held up, and there was a mini-manhunt on for a guy with a shotgun. And a cop thought it best to keep all the winter-rookies off that stretch instead of spinning into a shoot-out, or somesuch.
Is that random, or what?
It IS funny when the Omaha Police Union decides to drip some sarcasm at the Mayor, after she criticized the decision to stop traffic on Dodge:
It’s unfortunate that city officials feel the need to criticize the decision that was made for public safety as they sit in their warm offices.
I suppose if the perp was in the immediate area they gotta do what they gotta do. But is it THAT likely he tries to commandeer a car that’s stuck in a snowbank?
So anyway, you can (and will) complain. Next time just slide on into the Amigos there and get yourself a couple deep-fried burritos for the alternate route.
KFAB’s Scott Vorhees got kudos from a number of attendees for emceeing at last night’s Douglas County Republican Party “Elephant Remembers” event.
Of course, a few of his cracks hit Mayor Stothert and the snow removal efforts.
One line from Voorhees, to the effect of…”at least with the snow, there’s now something to fill the potholes with…”
The DCRP event featured former Arkansas Governor (and Presidential candidate…) Mike Huckabee and honored former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr.
Omaha Actor Tom Wees passed away on Monday.
Wees was sort-of Omaha’s most famous actor in the 80’s. He was the Ghost of Jacob Marley for a long time at the Playhouse, did a zillion commercials, and played Debra Winger’s doctor, when the 1983 movie Terms of Endearment was filmed in Nebraska.
But Wees also did voice-overs for various political ads, and this one was sent to Leavenworth St.:
A true pro, and he’ll be missed.
That white stuff on the ground?
It makes your car go slower.
Oh, and Lady in Front of Me? It’s still safe to go faster than 15 mph down this two-lane road.
Just normal moderation, ok?
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Sure we don’t provide weather updates, but you never know when politics will break out and shut down a throughway…