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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com December 28, 2010 at 8:02 am 1,414 10 Comments

Chamber Questions HOT Lanes Lawsuit — The Arlington Chamber of Commerce says ending the county’s lawsuit against the I-395 HOT lanes project is one of its public policy priorities for 2011. “We find it kind of bizarre that the county has taken the actions that they have,” Chamber President Rich Doud told the Washington Examiner. “As far as I can tell, they don’t have many friends agreeing with them on this from outside Arlington, and I guess counting us, not many friends inside Arlington, either.”

Costly Sunday Snow Preps — Arlington County brought in 150 employees over a 24 hour period to prepare for an expected Sunday snowstorm. The snow ended up skipping the Washington area on its way up to Philly, New York and New England. More from TBD.

Legislators to Address Civic Federation — The Arlington County Civic Federation has invited Arlington’s legislative delegation to address the organization’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 4. No word yet on which of the county’s four delegates and two state senators will speak. The meeting will also feature a discussion about Arlington’s new snow removal policy with representatives from the county and from Dominion Virginia Power.

  • Skeptical

    If the storm had tracked a few miles west of where it did and Arlington hadn’t brought in those 150 employees, you’d be writing “crippling storm catches Arlington unprepared on holiday weekend.” Every weather site I follow described this as the most difficult call in a long time, right up to the last minute. I’d rather have my local taxes used that way than any of dozens of other ways Arlington seems fond of spending them, like deploying the Sign Police.

    • R.Griffon

      Agreed. They did the prudent thing given the best information we had at the time. Note that people who may criticize them for it are typically the same ones who will complain that roads aren’t plowed to their satisfaction immediately after a storm. There’s no pleasing them.

      Now if I could just get all this salt off my car…

  • Lumiere

    I get that arlnow.com tends to be critical of a lot of what the county does. But sensationalizing headlines does nothing good.

    Lets change “Costly Sunday Snow Prep” to “Arlington Deploys 150 to Battle Snow” and instead of talking about the Cost directly, we’re talking about how many people Arlington uses to keep us safe in snow, and indirectly about the cost.

    We’re all better off for the 150 people that Arlington deployed for the storm. Even if they have to deploy that many people 10 times and we never get any snow it was worth it for the one time that we did and they’re needed. (Let us hope the weather forecasting isn’t that pitiful.)

  • Arlington, Northside

    Bettere safe than sorry. The snow management team did the right thing based on the information they had.

  • V Dizzle

    Let’s not dance around the REAL issue here. The true problem is precipitation. Personally, I’m against it. I’m not a big fan of clouds either.

    • Arlington, Northside

      ditto, at least until my sweet corn crop gets planted.

  • EFC4

    We all know Arlington hates cars. They probably purposely pre-treated all the roads, and brought in the crews, knowing that there was a slight chance of snow.

    When there is any real snowfall, they wait days and days to plow the roads to give a big F-U to the cars and car owners of the county!

  • Arlwhenever

    Notice other jurisdictions report cost estimates, whereas Arlington wrings it’s hands and says we can’t figure it out. While I agree that it was prudent to prepare, Arlington’s unwillingness to disclose (it doesn’t take a genius to figure number of employees, time number of hours per employee, times an average hourly rate) is par for the course in an unaccountable regime.

    • Lou

      I would hope that they cut a lot of those people lose as Sunday wore on and it became obvious we were not getting more than a dusting.

      As for the road crews, I was walking up by McKinley Elementary Sunday around 9:30 am and there was a County truck pre-treating that steep grade. Seemed pretty unnecessary even at that time.

      • Arlington, Northside

        Lots of cars get stuck there trying to make the hill in even just a little bit of snow, and vehicles going down the hill have wrecked many a parked car. At 9:30am there was still the possibility of a couple inches. Again I don’t fault the snow management team. They might have been able to cut a few of the folks loose later in the day, but it was good that they were prepared as they were.

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