Euclid residents complain about snow removal, city says state budget cuts partly to blame

City blames state budget cuts and heavy snowfall
Posted at 11:32 PM, Dec 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 23:32:49-05

Euclid residents have jammed phone lines at city hall complaining about snow removal over the past three days, especially the snow removal on neighborhood side streets.

Residents contacted News 5 explaining they had hoped the city would have been further along, despite Euclid receiving some 20 inches of snow over the past four days.

Residents explained neighborhood streets have become hazardous, and some were having a very difficult time getting up and down their driveways.

We contacted Euclid Service Director Daniel Knecht about the situation, and while he understands residents frustrations, he said three million in state budget cuts over the past few years have taken a toll on his aging service truck fleet.

Knecht explained the crews he has available have been working around the clock since Thursday December 8, and that Euclid hasn't seen a snow like this in the 11 years he's been with the department.

Knecht and Euclid's Mayor said the early heavy snowfall caught the service department in a season shift, with two unit still set up for Fall leaf pick-up.

Knecht said he expects all Euclid neighborhood streets to be fully cleared within the next 12 to 24 hours.