City Prepares Plan for Pending Snow

Some residents remain unhappy with Highland Park’s snow removal effort.

Highland Park snow plows often leave piles like this in front of already cleared driveways.
Highland Park snow plows often leave piles like this in front of already cleared driveways.

With four inches of snow on the ground and an equal amount forecast in the overnight hours, Highland Park’s Public Works Department is getting ready while some residents want a better effort.

Though Highland Park has added neither equipment nor snow removal personnel this season, the City is preparing to get ready for the expected weather to remove as many obstacles as possible from Wednesday’s rush hour.

“Our goal is to stay ahead of the storm,” Highland Park Public Works Director Ramesh Kanapareddy said. “There is snow coming at 11 p.m. tonight. We’ve having team meetings to get ready. We take this very seriously.”

After Sunday’s snow, Patch asked readers on its Facebook if they were satisfied with the City’s effort. A majority of those who responded were not.

“Not so good,” writes Elizabeth O’Conner. “Really late start getting the roads done in the Highlands. Sidewalks not done by this morning. Trail way not touched by 10 p.m. when the HS kids were leaving practice last night.”

David Friedberg reported the Ravinia neighborhood was satisfactory but Hilary Shaf Bartolai thinks the City should take a lesson from Winnetka.

“(Highland Park is) always has slow snow removal,” Bartolai wrote. “Winnetka has trucks out before storms even start. That is how a city should run its public works and street crew dept.”

A year ago, Highland Park used 15 trucks to remove its 150 miles of roads while Deerfield puts 20 trucks on its 70 miles. Lake Forest uses 14 trucks for 120 miles of Roads which is slightly more resources per mile than Highland Park. Kanapareddy said Highland Park’s resources are the same this year.

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David Greenberg December 10, 2013 at 04:08 PM
I've read the snow plan and HP is generally pretty good. It's the weather, things happen, and they need to keep the main streets and emergency routes open first before fooling around with the side streets. But they still need to happen - so perhaps you need more trucks - what's that going to cost? Do we really need holiday lights on up town or do we need the streets cleared of snow so they're safe for travel? But seriously - this is Chicagoland Metro - screw up the snow removal process at the peril of your job. Anyone remember Mayor Bilandic in Chicago? 1 term guy who didn't understand snow removal....
Stu Pidasso December 10, 2013 at 10:29 PM
" Ramesh " have heard you think us residents expect too much! Damn right we do! With the amount of property tax that we pay, we expect the streets to be cleaned before we leave for work in the morning including the "SIDE STREETS" There is no need to reinvent the wheel...... Not a cool thing to say when your the head of "PUBLIC WORKS"!!
Dicky Paull December 11, 2013 at 08:34 AM
I was disappointed with the last couple of years where the snowfall wasnt anywhere near high volume and a few key spots were either skipped or poorly done without an effort to go back and clean up. This year, I thought they did a good job o. The first snow. I think I'm ok with them going a little slower in order to clear the streets curb to curb. I saw a lot of salting and prepping too.
Dr. Terry December 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM
If you think snow removal is bad in HP, try living in Lake Forest, there efforts range from poor to horrible. But we do pay a lot less in RE taxes.
BUDDY January 03, 2014 at 11:58 AM


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