Hizzoner informs that city, in the middle of a 60 degree stretch in late December, that Atlanta is now capable of handling a winter storm.
The snow and ice storm of 2011 was a lesson in humility for me and elected leaders across the metropolitan region. For three days, Mother Nature showed that even with today’s advancements, she can still bring a major American city to a standstill.
Accordingly, I have directed city officials to develop a new, comprehensive storm response plan for the upcoming winter season. As always, our first priority during any inclement weather event is public safety. All residents should follow the advice of emergency responders and stay off the roads as much as possible. Simultaneously, the city and its dedicated staff will not wait to clear our streets…
We also have taken proactive measures and invested about $1 million to purchase new snow and ice equipment to prepare for inclement weather. Our total inventory now includes 44 snow plows and 35 sand spreaders, up from four plows and eight spreaders last year. We have pre-negotiated discounted rates with outside vendors if the city should need additional assistance beyond the expanded fleet of snowplows and salt spreaders. These investments and measures ensure that our roads will be cleared at a substantial cost savings compared to last year.
This is comforting to know. Earlier this week I couldn’t find my shorts. Now I have this for peace of mind as well.
On a more serious note, this is another good step for Mayor Reed. One of my biggest concerns is that he would be forced to overreact to the 2011 Snowpocalypse, investing in frankly unnecessary infrastructure or planning but this seems pretty reasonable.