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Akron Snow Task Force makes recommendations on how city can deal with snow storms

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Posted at 6:12 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 18:13:38-05

AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Snow Task Force has made recommendations to the Akron City Council about how to deal with snow storms.

In January, the city of Akron dealt with one of the worst snow storms in 10 years.

Residents were fed up after streets were covered with snow days after the storm.

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The recommendations were presented to the mayor and were met with his full support, according to a press release from the city.

“The Task Force went above and beyond in its effort to develop swift and effective recommendations,” said Council President Margo Sommerville. “I could not be more pleased with their effort to learn, explore the issues, and collaborate on cost-effective, short and long-term recommendations to help the City move forward.”

The full list of the Task Force's recommendations from the city's press release are below:

1. Reopen the Maintenance Facility on Copley Road which was closed in 2007.

2. Invest in new plow equipment for 10 additional trucks.

3. Evaluate protocols for hiring private contractors to assist in plowing.

4. Reassess maintenance agreement with ODOT.

5. Evaluate staffing levels in Public Works.

6. Enhance parking ban regulations.

7. Develop a training plan for all snow and ice response personnel.

8. Develop a digital technology strategy to improve communication.

9. Create and publish a set of snow and ice FAQs to appear on the City Council website and other relevant locations.

10. Evaluate performance metrics of truck routes in order to increase plowing efficiencies and reduce travel times.

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