City must keep streets clear, not your driveway

This letter is in response to a letter from Elli Cleber in the Feb. 10 edition of Mountain Xpress regarding being snow-plowed in by the city.

First off, I would like to say thank you to the city of Asheville Public Works Department for an excellent job done during the last storm. I realize that the amount of snow that we have experienced this winter is extremely rare, and I feel that the city workers have done a fantastic job of clearing the roads.

I find it appalling that Cleber had the nerve to criticize the city because of her driveway being blocked by snow from the plow. Having lived in western Michigan and Pittsburgh for many years, this is to be expected. Does this person expect the city to plow around said driveway and clear it? I find it hard to believe that Cleber would not be appreciative that her road was actually plowed by the city. The city has a responsibility to keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles and safe travel after the storm, but it does not have the responsibility of clearing every driveway in its path. This person needs to wake up and take some responsibility and not expect the city to do what is her duty.

— Tim Thomas
Asheville

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