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Fri., Dec. 10, 2010

Snow’s no surprise

So the Spokane County Commission has been caught by surprise once again by a snow “emergency,” and a week later my street remained unplowed and schools closed.

A few years ago, when we had record snow after many years of relatively small amounts, the unpreparedness was understandable. However, once that happened, it was the specific job of the commission to develop an emergency plan that would actually get the snow removed quickly and get people out of their driveways.

Cost is no excuse here. The support for getting the job done quickly and well is so widespread, a very small bond to put money away for these emergency costs would have passed easily. But the commission did not try, and they are caught with their pants down again. I suggest a change that would cut the commissioners’ six-figure salaries every time they show a lack of leadership of this magnitude.

Jim Wehde


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