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.