Warren couple complains crews dump snow in intersection, knock down mailboxes

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Warren City Council was generally pleased Wednesday night with the work its operations department did in clearing the weekend’s snow, but one couple who lives across from North Road School was not. After the meeting, they took their issues to the man in charge and asked for help.

Warren Service and Safety Director Enzo Cantalemesa praised the city’s snow removal crews at Wednesday’s city council meeting, but said manpower and equipment for future snows needs to be addressed.

“All of those things are a matter of establishing how much the cost will be and then where do you get it from?”

But after the meeting, Doug and Jessica Hipple talked with Operations Superintendent Frank Tempesta about problems in their Eastgate Development off of North Road on Warren’s east side and their road, Greenmont Drive.

They said crews dump the snow in the intersection of Greenmont and Broadway so they can’t get out of the driveway. They had a picture of a 21-and-a-half-inch drift left in the intersection.

“What do I do? I’m a citizen paying taxes in the city and I can’t get any damn services,” Jessica said.

She also had pictures showing how mounds of snow are left so far away from the curb that on Tuesday, the Postal Service refused to deliver mail.

Then Wednesday morning when plows came through again, they leveled mailboxes in the 100-home neighborhood.

“Our mail service was stopped for Tuesday. Today they attempted to do it but they weren’t able to deliver all of it because so many of the mailboxes, 11 or 12 mailboxes in half a mile, were completely wiped out. Not just the mailbox — the entire post,” Jessica said.

Tempesta listened patiently.

“We have knocked down one mailbox at a time but I have never seen 12,” he said.

“I have all the pictures because the neighbors sent them to me,” Jessica said.

Tempesta promised he would look into the matter and get back to the Hipples.

Also during the meeting, Warren City Council passed an ordinance allowing the administration of Mayor Doug Franklin to negotiate a deal with JAC Management to continue operating Packard Music Hall.

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