TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you think the city and MoDOT were thorough in responding to Monday night's snowstorm?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 | 1:02 p.m. CST; updated 2:09 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 11, 2011

COLUMBIA– The Boone County Fire Department and Columbia Police Department responded to about 80 accidents Monday.

By the time sun rose Tuesday morning, Columbia was covered with a record-breaking snowfall, with the National Weather Service reporting six inches of snow falling in the city. Citizens faced harsh road conditions as the city attempted to clear the main routes throughout Columbia.

"We had snowplows working all through the night," said Jill Stedem, public information specialist for the Columbia Public Works Administration.

The city plows snow based on a priority system of first, second and critical streets. MoDOT also plows certain areas of the city. Some of the first-priority snow routes include parts of Broadway, Providence Road and Nifong Boulevard. Plows made their way into residential areas around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning according to Stedem.

Plows will continue to work throughout the day to clear roads.

In addition to snow plowing the street, salt and cinders can be used to melt the snow and ice — especially in freezing cold temperatures. Currently, the city tries to use salt only as much as possible while MoDOT regularly uses cinders and salt as a response to the weather.

Motorists can check road conditions in Missouri by going to and accessing the traveler information map, which is continually updated, or by calling the toll-free number at 888-275-6638. 

Do you think the city and MoDOT were thorough in responding to Monday night's snowstorm?

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Michael Williams January 11, 2011 | 3:41 p.m.

From my perspective, I think they did absolutely GREAT!!!!!!!!

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Gary Stanowski January 11, 2011 | 3:56 p.m.

Snow plow removed could be greatly improved.

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Eric Cox January 11, 2011 | 4:02 p.m.

Terrible as always, I could barely get going on Greenwood Ave in a new front wheel drive car with new tires. Taking the corner from Maupin to Greenwood going 5 M.P.H. I lost control and slid into the curb. On my way into work this morning Broadway was so covered you couldn't see the lines and the right lane was impassable. With the tax rate in Boone county and the city this is unacceptable.

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Corey Parks January 11, 2011 | 5:18 p.m.

The main roads I thought where just fine. With the exception of 63 which looked like they forgot about it.

What is the record snow fall I have been reading? I remember in HS in 1993-94 or so we had 18 inches of snow.

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Corey Parks January 11, 2011 | 5:24 p.m.

Sorry it was 19.7 inches Jan 18-19th 1995. A far cry more then the 3+ the papers are saying is the new record.

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Mark Foecking January 11, 2011 | 6:02 p.m.

It's not that the snow yesterday was a new all-time record. It's just a record for yesterday.


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Corey Parks January 11, 2011 | 6:15 p.m.

Got it. Thanks. I figured it was something simple like that.

Did find this site though.

Just think of all the money to be made back in 77-78...

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Tim Dance January 11, 2011 | 9:22 p.m.

Well when you double the amount of roads in the last 10-15 years and only have 3-4 extra plows over that time. It is going to be like that. When you don't plan your growth and subsidize the developers, of course you don't have money for vital infrastructure. Keep electing the people that support this and it doesn't change.

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mike olsen January 12, 2011 | 7:56 a.m.

The city did a horrible job downtown again. Please tell me why they feel the need to push the snow into the middle of the street? They missed some of the downtown streets.

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Mark Flakne January 12, 2011 | 8:36 a.m.

Snow removal in Columbia is unacceptable. The lack of adequate snow removal hinders commerce and therefor hurts everyone in Columbia.

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carla thomas February 4, 2011 | 12:41 a.m.

my answer they did horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!! columbia city residential streets still have not been done or touched,neighborhoods are stranded,have been now for 4 days.we can,t get out on our street.i,ve emailed the mayor,called the mayor,emailed the city manager emailed the city manager,called DOT, called and emailed public works and have not gotten any responses from anyone. i,m going to call the national guard in the morning and see if they will come out with their equipment,i,m also going to get the number to the whitehouse and call the president and see if he will sign an executive order to activate our national guard to help with their equipment.i don,t know what else to do. our neighbors are stranded and can,t get out on the street. all we need is for someone to come to clinton dr. and clear our street with a truck with a snow blade or something,mary gene has not been touched nor has ash street.michael can,t get the car out to go to work in the morning,is there anyone that has a truck with a snow blade that is willing to be a good samaritan????????????????? please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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carla thomas February 4, 2011 | 12:44 a.m.

this is a group that i started so that people can register complaints!!!!!!!!!! and voice their grievences about the lack of plowing city streets.

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John Schultz February 4, 2011 | 1:19 a.m.

I highly encourage everyone to check out that Facebook page. Sweet fancy Moses, as a friend of mine occasionally says.

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Tim Dance February 4, 2011 | 4:40 a.m.

In 1995, the city had 15 plows, today they have around 18-19 with more than double the roads. The Developer friendly councils and city managers decided that charging higher development and impact fees were going to raise the price of the homes, so the city charged developers below market fees to hook up subdivisions to the city infrastructure. The lack of impact fees put a strain on our schools, police, and yes snow plows. So in essence, you exchanged a lower price for your home in that fairly new subdivision for less services. Think about it next time you vote for that next Chamber candidate.

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Mark Foecking February 4, 2011 | 8:19 a.m.

It may also be that the city was thinking winters were getting warmer (and they are, on average) and they wouldn't need as many plows per mile of road. We've had several recent winters with only a few inches of snow.

Tim, I'd think that sales and property taxes are a far greater source of revenue than tend to agree that developers don't generally pay their fair share, but I'm not sure that increasing the fees would buy us much in terms of schools, police, and snow plows.


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John Schultz February 4, 2011 | 8:21 a.m.

My hunch is that those impact fees are negligible in the overall scheme of the city's budget, even considering the rate hike in the per square foot charge that voters approved a few years back.

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Jimmy Bearfield February 4, 2011 | 9:42 a.m.

It would be interesting to tally up all of the money spent over, say, the past 10 years on 1% for art, hiring artists to paint traffic-signal boxes, sustainability directors and other frou-frou and then figure out how many additional plow trucks and drivers that could have funded. And during the spring and summer, maybe those plow trucks and drivers could be out striping the roads -- and I don't mean for bike lanes.

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Tim Dance February 5, 2011 | 1:26 a.m.

Jimmy. Not even close. The subsidizes we have given developers over the past 15 years dwarfs all the items who so curmudgeonly complained about. You should be drawing your ire to those who have gotten sweetheart deals from the city and not the shiny nickel the Chamber types what you to pay attention to. Get yourself educated on the real cost of a snow plow and how development works and you would forget all the frou frou stuff.

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Jimmy Bearfield February 7, 2011 | 12:32 p.m.

Tim, each police officer costs at least $100,000 between salary, vehicle, equipment, etc. A dump truck (e.g., a Mack GU713) costs about $133,000 brand-new. That's not much more than the $115,000 that the city spent via Percent for Art just for the keyhole sculpture in front of city hall. Meanwhile, the driver's salary and benefits, plus vehicle maintenance, probably is around the $55,000 spent on the new sustainability manager position. At the very least, we could have had one new plow and one new driver for about what the city was ready to let slide on the insurance prescription fiasco.

I agree that we should not be subsidizing developers. But I also don't think that waste excuses waste on art, sustainability managers and other frou-frou.

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Allan Sharrock February 7, 2011 | 7:43 p.m.

John I went to the page. I think you hit the nail right on the head with your comment.

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