By Nick Kuzma Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News)- There is no time for delay when it comes to winter preparations in Central New York.
In Syracuse in particular, getting 100 inches of snow during a winter is no big deal.
In fact, every year Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse, Binghamton, and Rochester compete for the Golden Snowball, which goes to the city with the highest snow total.
Syracuse has taken the award home 13 out of the last 15 times.
So how does one get ready for a winter this size? It all comes down to the details.
“So last year was the first winter that myself and my commissioner Jeremy Robinson experienced with the City of Syracuse,” Said Syracuse Department of Public Works Deputy Commissioner Ann Fordock. “So, and we learned a lot of things that are going prepare better for this year, and so a big one is preparation.”
Along with preparation, there is also a need for tangible things like heavy-duty plows and tons (literally) of road salt.
The job of using all of that material and operating those vehicles is not an easy one.
The streets in the city are narrow enough, but sometimes people do no follow signs as to where to park their cars.
“When cars are on the streets sometimes we can’t clear the streets, so we can’t get down them,” said Union President and Plow Operator Steve Barnum. “So, it’s hard. So I mean the main thing is…hey– if you guys follow the rules and don’t park on both sides of the streets, I’m telling you right now, we will get every street in the city plowed.”
The DPW begins implements its full scale winter plan on November 15. At that time, many workers begins to only concentrate on snow and ice removal.