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Reaction was mixed today from various business owners downtown about the cities efforts on snow removal. Mother Nature returned to town overnight, dumping close to two inches of snow on the area.
Several business contacted EudoraReporter.com to complain about the lack of snow removal from parking stalls located on Main Street. Those business owners, who wished to remain anonymous, stated that while efforts in the past have been fair, they did nothing today to clear the parking spaces. Many business owners depend on these stalls being clean so clientele can easily reach their place of business. Some business owners we contacted were in fact happy with the efforts and had no complaints at all.
One business owner stated “I don’t know why it hasn’t been done yet. It’s 9 o’clock and we’ve got customers wanting to park and they can’t because of the snow in the parking spaces.” Another business owner mentioned how, the large piles from all the snow of recent storms keeps getting piled up blocking spaces and walkways and that it really hampers their business.
City Administrator John Harrenstein stated the policy currently in place is that snow removal crews are not called out until two inches of snow has fallen. “If that is at 3 in the morning, they are called then.” In this case we didn’t get two inches, so the Police and Public Works Department followed procedures in place.”
Harrenstein, who has shown a concern for the businesses in Eudora, paying particular attention to the needs of downtown business in the last few months, said that “I understand that the snow should have been cleaned off and it will not happen again. The procedures didn’t work in this case and they will be changed.”
Harrenstein added that one thing that inhibits effective clearing of snow from the parking areas on Main Street are the cars parked in the spaces when it snows. “Police will be making efforts in the future to clear the cars out of the spaces so that we can quickly and easily clear the spaces.”