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Libby mayor is proud of all the work done by city crews

| December 12, 2006 11:00 PM

To the Editor:

It's often so easy to look and see negatives, and yet you forget all that is done by our wonderful city crews.

In your letter from Brian Sherry, he complained about the berm down Mineral Avenue. What he doesn't realize is what all the city crews do each day and every day that so many of us take for granted.

If Brian or anyone would like, at City Hall there is a log of all that was done on the week of Nov. 26 through Dec. 2. I think all of the city would be open to suggestions on what we shouldn't have done with the time we have in a day.

We could hire additional staff and buy more equipment to get more done, but it would take more money. Most of us would prefer not to pay more taxes, but it is always possible.

In review, the city had two major snow events; the second happened on Thursday, Nov. 30, in which it snowed most of the morning.

It was decided to finish putting up the Christmas banners and wreaths as well as the Christmas tree and lights at the end of Mineral and get the town decorated.

That left Friday at 2 a.m. to start plowing the entire city as well as the private lot requested by the merchants for the Christmas tree lighting.

By 10 a.m., the guys had put in eight hours, and although there may be more hours in the day, the crew needed time to sleep and rest.

Yes, the crew does take the berms away in other areas before Mineral Avenue. The reason is simple. Many of the areas from which snow is removed first are the narrow streets and where there needs to be room for emergency traffic. The other areas are around the schools where we want our children to be safe.

If Mr. Sherry or anyone would like to sit down with me and our road crew to review the week of Nov. 26, or any work plan, I would be honored to do so.

I would publicly like to say I'm proud of the work our city crews do.

Mayor Tony Berget