The city’s Department of Sanitation spoke with Community Board 6 members Wednesday night about its snow removal plans for the winter.
Frank Gulluscio, district manager for the board, said the agency discussed plans and challenges for dealing with heavy snowfall in the borough during the meeting in Kew Gardens.
“They talked about the local issues related to snow removal and cleaning up the sidewalks,” Gulluscio said. “It’s not that the streets aren’t clean. But between the snow blowing and the ice freezing, they’ve had to hire laborers to clean the crosswalks. It’s an issue because they clean it and then the plow comes down the street and blocks them in again.”
Despite some snow removal-related complaints, Gulluscio said the meeting’s attendees were mostly pleased with the post-snowstorm blizzard in the community.
“There were people in the audience who yelled out ‘kudos’ to them,” Gulluscio said.
Under the city’s snow plan, the department first cleans up primary streets, schools and hospitals and then follows up with tertiary and secondary streets.
Forest Hills High School is among the borough’s authorized snow disposal locations. Others include Fort Totten, Forest Park and Cunningham Park.