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people complaining about city plows.....

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mcwlandscaping, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    I can't believe how many people bi**h about the guys that plow the streets here. Me, knowing how things work, i think they do a great job. Everyone else expects to have "shovel like" cleaned roads, full width all the time durring the storm. Any of you guys here this from your neighbors or customers complaining about the job the city plows do?
  2. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    i got $40 about a hour ago to clear the front of someones driveway ive been up for 2 1/2 days so that was a nice end
  3. All_Clear

    All_Clear Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    I live across the street from the city garage this street gets plowed first and many times throughout the storm so no one complains directly around me.....

    Now trash men thats another story they are worthless!!!

    I put 3 bags of trash in the can and because its over 60lbs total they wont take it. No bags over 40lbs or they leave them. Not only do they not pick up anything they leave sh!t when they drop it. This town needs to get some balls and hire real men!!!!

    But the plow guys do a good job. Funny to watch the shift too, it's like clock work when they come back for sand/salt mix.

    All Clear
  4. ThisIsMe

    ThisIsMe Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 745

    I personally love snow covered roads for extended periods. To me it is like "My tax dollars not at work". As in the town / state saving money. :)
  5. makplow

    makplow Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    I sub contract my truck out to my town and your dammed if yo do and dammed if you don't . Alot of the folks want to have there streets bone dry all year long but if they have too spend a buck they *****. Yesterday a resident one of the streets that i plowed called the highway dept. and complained that he saw three trucks plowing his street, They where probably guys plowing out the neighobors The highway boss just told him I don't care how many people you saw as long as your street is getting plowed. He is a cool guy and doesnt' take any bull from the jerks that call.

    Another thing the motorist are comlete jerks to have to try and get your job done. They won't give you an inch too back up and there on your tail giving you looks. People are weird when it comes to common sense. Alot of people have none!. I could go on but it would take me all night!

  6. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I love the City Plow Guys when we get a huge storm. When they do finally plow all the side streets a day later, the drives have 2 or 3 foot across their openings.Heavy compacted snow with huge chunks of icy snow.
    Then the calls start to come in. I need my drive plowed.
    Neighbors ask you to do theirs after your done with the first one.
    I picked up another 6 drives like this today.

    I even rescued a young married couple tonight that had high centered their little Blazer on the huge wall of snow in their drive. Yank strapped them out and plowed the snow away.
    Told them they have to help someone out to pay back the favor.
    They were just amazed.
  7. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    Guys, do you ever notice that people think the city/town plows push all the snow in front of THEIR driveway? I find that funny as he//
  8. phatsat67

    phatsat67 Junior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 20

    Personally our city plows are good but the yellow highway trucks blow. our streets main highway through town has like 4 inches on it for a day or two after the storm. One guy even told me that I couldent have the truck in the road to clear out the wall infront of a driveway. He was on the other side of the road of a 5 lane road. I threw my hands up at him and he went on. I reguarly see these yellow trucks driving around with their plows up when there is 4 inches of stuff on that road. :dizzy: Back in the day they were much better they used to run three wide down that road to clear it.
  9. goose06

    goose06 Junior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 22

    I plow for a local municipality in NE Ohio. Some people just don't get it. I've been told off, had people jump on my truck, throw shovels, and stand right on the edge of the road so you had to slow down and swerve. Just the other night a person called the police on our sidewalk plow guys because he got snow in a driveway that had just been plowed. Everyone gets mad when the snow goes in their driveway. When asked where they want it or what you are supposed to do with it, they don't care, a neighbors driveway or just push it straight, just as long as its not in their driveway. They complain when the roads aren't clean, not taking into consideration that you are behind them as they pulled out in front of you only to do 15 mph and hold you up, then they complain because you are in the way, because you are out in the middle of the night dragging a plow and waking them up. Then you run into those that are truly appreciative and make it all worth while.
  10. sbrem

    sbrem Member
    Messages: 37

    I think that explains it best. They just don't have a clue. No common sence. Its like when I'm plowing the Price Chopper parking lot that I do and have half of it plowed and some pinhead come in and parks in the not plowed half. WTF?
  11. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    You got it...

    As stated above "Some people Just Dont Get It"
    I've put a foot of slush up around a guys ankles because he refused to move off town property trying to keep me from plowing after he had cleared his driveway before the storm was over.
    Funny thing was that after that he did get more snow in his driveway for the remainder of the season.
    I went back to the City garage and they told me that I did the right thing(keep moving,keep pushing back,curb to curb).
    Then they called the police and had them stop by and give him a talking too about staying out of the way and that if he ever held his shovel up as to threaten a plow truck(again) he would be going to jail.
    Really didn't work out for him.It is part of the problem with todays society, that it is all about them,me, me ,me,screw everyone else!
  12. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    With PA shutting down 3 major highways up in the NE corner of the state i got to hear a bunch of truck drivers on the CB telling everyone else exactly how those highways should be plowed (if i were the govenor was heard alot) to get them open. So i liked to ask them "how do you plow a highway thats full of cars and trucks"? And of course their answer would be, "get wreckers out there to move the cars and trucks". Hey Dumb A$$, thats what they are doing, go back to driving your truck and shut up!
  13. SuperDutyFisher

    SuperDutyFisher Member
    Messages: 58

    Ya, I hear about all the complaining. Some people just can't deal with the fact that the snow must be cleared off the road. That's what most of us are here for to clean them out if they can't handle the snow banks. I get calls from people who shovel their whole driveway and then are to overwhelmed by the bank at the end so i go out and whack em out for 20$ - 30$ depending how close they are.
    My neighbor is a town DPW employee and tell's the stories of angry people waving shovels at him when he plows by and buries the driveway again. They act as if they're gonna attack you. I'd have to say though that many of the subs for the city do a better job than the city trucks.
  14. PremierLand

    PremierLand PlowSite.com Addict
    from detroit
    Messages: 1,572

    I hope you are missing a 0 in that. Otherwise that is terribly cheap, just like my spelling.
  15. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    There were two letters to the editor in today's paper with people bitching about the plows covering the ends of the driveways and such...always right after the owner finished shoveling. Well go shovel after it stops snowing or something dumbass!

    To be fair, the local hilltowns do about a thousand times better job plowing than the nearby small city...there are side streets with 4" of snow still on them 3 days after the storm is over.

    I like the plow guys and I know that they do a hard job...whenever I run into one at the Dunkin' Donuts or something I always buy em a cup of coffee.
  16. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    Premier, $40 to even clear a driveway out here would be pricy for a single push: the end of the driveway, $40 though? That is an extremely easy $40, and for 30 seconds of the guy's time. It probably took the consumer longer to pull cash from his wallet than it did to clear the end of a driveway with a plow!
  17. Yaz

    Yaz PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,061

    If he can get it, good for him. Make it easier for me to get more.

    I was in his city ( Lowell) helping a old friend and some guy stopped me and offered me 50 bucks to clear his driveway that went around to the back side of his house. I was going to say 30, good thing he spoke up first! lol
  18. douglasl330

    douglasl330 Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    City streets always are sub-par--- they were built before the auto-- no place to push the snow-- then you have to fight with cars on both -sides of the road most of the time!--(I pity the poor fools that plow those streets and respect their patience) I had two driveways in the city(Lowell) -would only do them late at night or real early in the A.M.-- was losing money on them, so said I would have to go up$10 bucks more on each after picking up a new truck that was a little larger-- one of them complained couldn't understand-- I explained it took a half hour to do the two driveways and about an hour to get in and out of the city on the roads playing dodge-em with everyone! Guy actually called back this year if I wanted his bussiness again! NO THANKS!
  19. scuba875

    scuba875 Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    Last year while I was driving on the highway it was bumper to bumper with about 8" on the ground. The 3 trucks trying to clear the road had to have a state police escort to try and get the cars to pull over. I pulled over to the center median out of the way of the sqaud behind me and waited for the cop and plows to go by. Even with the cops lights and siren going no one would pull over. The cop was sitting next to me and his expression was priceless. I rolled down my window to see if he wanted me to move somewhere else so he could get by me. As I rolled down my window the cop came over the load speaker and said would you f*cking idiots pull off the road so the plows can get by. Still no one pulled over. They finaly passed me and I fell in behind one of the plows. People really are stupid it went on like this for 10 miles where I got off the highway. I think in those 10 miles maybe 3 cars pulled over.
  20. WMCInc

    WMCInc Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Berms and the County

    Around here we get monster berms, smoetimes 3 to 4 feet, from the County and the State doing the highway and roads. Even with their beautiful new wing plows and graders, they still leave a berm. And we've got high water content snow so it's like cement. I have a buddy who does residential work, and he has one guy who just does berms after the County comes through. They just send him out in the Holder, charge $60 a shot, and their phones ring off the hook.
    In big storms, once all my guys go home I have to go out every two hours and deal with the berms CalTrans leaves at my HOA's. If I spend an hour getting it all buffed out, just when I'm ready to leave, they come by and berm it all up again.Or they come by with the highway blower and shoot the crap out of lightposts, signs, etc. The stuff the blower shoots is like concrete. But they did chew up a car the other day, so that was worth it.
    Except this year, we've had almost no snow. So we're all hurting for money unless we're in fixed price contracts, which are dangerous because in a big year you can start losing money if you don't have an addendum for T and M over the contract price.