Leaders in Fairfax County, Virginia want to make sure lessons learned from the winter storms this past year don't melt away.
By Jonathan Wilson
This weeks Spring-like weather may seem an odd time for something called a snow summit. But leaders in Fairfax County, Virginia want to make sure lessons learned from this winters storms don't melt away.
Representatives from Virginia's Department of Transportation spoke at the summit Tuesday. VDOTs Branco Vlacich asked for more understanding from citizens, saying the thousands of phone calls during the storm may have actually slowed the department's effort to plow 20 million tons of snow from roads in Northern Virginia.
"Getting thousands of phone calls saying our road isn't done, really doesn't help us," says Vlacich, "because then it gets hard to sort out what we did do, and what needs to get done."
A big concern for supervisors is snow piling up on sidewalks and around bus stops.
County supervisor Jeff McKay says the county could require business owners and residents to clear their own sidewalks, but that could be tricky.
"We don't want to subject our citizens to trying to move a 15-foot iceberg that's been created by a snowplow, after an area has already been cleared by that citizen," says McKay.
Clearing sidewalks around schools was a major obstacle after the storm. A county executive praised the shoveling done by parents and teachers, calling the work "nothing short of Herculean."