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A 'Job Well Done Plowing and Clearing Our Roads'

After clearing heaps of snow, Monroe's plowing crews received a heap of praise from a number of residents.

While plow trucks responding to this February's blizzard were still spinning their wheels in surrounding communities, Monroe's crews made the town's roads passable by 6 o'clock that Saturday. News of their progress led to praise in the Monroe Patch comments stream and Facebook page.

First Selectman Steve Vavrek praised Department of Public Works' crew members for getting the job done through their hard work, despite using old trucks with an average age of beyond 10 years, according to one mechanic.

Vavrek is serving as interim DPW director, while the town searches for a replacement for Doug Arndt, who recently resigned.

Linda Picheco, developmental services coordinator for the DPW, says she has gotten phone calls, emails and even a walk-in from residents complimenting the job highway crews did in clearing the snow.

One Blanket Meadow Road couple wrote, "... just want to say thank you to the PW Department for the wonderful way you take care of our street." They said they "could not be happier."

Another resident called to "commend the PW Department on a job well done plowing and clearing our roads," according to Picheco.

In an email to Vavrek and Highway Superintendent Jim Robinson, Picheco relayed a message from an Arrowhead Drive resident "praising the town for doing a fantastic job, being very responsive, and very responsible. He's very proud of such a great job and is very thankful for the servicing of our streets."

Since town staff routinely hear complaints on things like potholes and roads in need of paving, Picheco said she wanted to make sure they heard some of the positive feedback too.

Paul February 21, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Yes for sure, the DPW did a great job as always. But,,, lets not for get the DPW'S mechanics for keeping those 10+ yr old trucks going thru the storm. And ALL the first responders for dealing with the storm and doing their job's anyways. Pete Maillet
Jim beam February 21, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Tell me why we need a DPW director? Steven Vavrek seems to have handled this well enough without one. The DPW's performance under former director Doug Arndt was abysmal. The performance of the department in Hurricane Sandy and previous storms was awful. Perhaps $80,000 can be saved by leaving this position vacant. The salary was certainly a waste of money on the previous director.
Paul February 21, 2013 at 10:45 PM
The only DPW. Dir that deserved what he made and more, was Woody Lovjoy. The man lived for his job. Although he didn't live in Monroe, he lived for his job. The problem with the men who have held this job after woody, is that they didn't live in Monroe. If you DO NOT LIVE IN THIS TOWN, you should not be able to hold a position that requires you to make a decision for the health and safety of the public.
Alex February 21, 2013 at 11:09 PM
While it's a good idea so they know the conditions, I'd also imagine that would cut down our candidate pool significantly. I feel that the unintended consequence could leave us with a sub-par director. That said, we should always consider a resident candidate before a out of town candidate if they are equal.

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