In reference to Barb J. Bertels Open Forum letter (Jan. 24) concerning the lack of plowed side roads in Pendleton, I wish to include my own comments:

The Pendleton City Maintenance Department has limited assets for plowing snow. The drawn out snowfall with sustained cool temperatures are not normal for this area. Budgetary constraints curtail winter maintenance funding; you can only prioritize and do the best you can with the resources available.

Pendleton's side roads generally allow parking on both sides of the street. Big snow berms produced from plowing snow are not conducive to their movement, not to mention private driveways.

I live on top of Northwest Sixth Street, and now slide on the layer of sanding rock coating my street, (thank goodness for that street sweeper). It was applied promptly after the main arterial roadways were sanded.

I always spotted the city sanders doing their job at night sanding our city roads. While we all would have loved to have our side roads plowed, common sense prevails. Given their resources, my hat is off to the city maintenance department for its good work during this snow and ice period.

Keep up the good work.

Gerald R. Thomas


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