Portage mayor lauds snow crews
By Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org January 6, 2014 5:30PM
Updated: January 7, 2014 8:28AM
PORTAGE — Mayor James Snyder praised his street crews Monday for keeping the city’s two main arteries — Willowcreek Road and Central Avenue — open during Sunday’s storm that dumped more than 13 inches of snow on the city.
By late Monday, Snyder said about 85 percent of the city streets had been plowed. “We did not shut down the roads in Portage,” he said.
“The residents did a really good job of keeping cars off the roads. It’s not as good as we’d like it, but the system we utilize helped us.” The city contracts with a company that makes automated calls with weather or other updates to residents.
Snyder said the fire and street departments worked together to clear U.S. 6. A city snowplow led a couple ambulances with critical patients to Porter Regional Hospital.
Snyder said drifting snow caused some problems, but complaints were minimal.
Snyder said City Hall will reopen on Tuesday, although the City Council meeting has been postponed until Jan. 14.