Thursday, June 26, 2014

Public Works News

The report presented each month to the Common Council Public Works Committee by DPW superintendent Rob Perry is always detailed and illustrated, and last night's report, delivered just before the deluge began that flooded streets and overwhelmed the sewer system in many parts of the city, was no exception. Gossips recounts here only the highlights.

Even though the residents of Hudson have been dutifully observing the alternate side of the street parking regulations (and getting ticketed if we don't), the street sweeper, whose early-morning ministrations are the reason for the rules, has been out of commission for months--kaput, not working, not out there in the wee hours cleaning the streets. That will all change today, when the City's brand-new street sweeper is expected to be delivered. Perry warns that for the first few days, the sweeper will be operating during regular daytime hours--when there are cars moving on the street and parked on both sides--while the operators of the sweeper get accustomed to the new machine before returning to the customary early-morning run--when the streets are for the most part deserted.

Perry also reported that in year four of her campaign to "refurbish" Santa's Village (known to some as "Santa's slum"), which gets hauled out and displayed in the Public Square every holiday season, Ellen Thurston may finally achieve her long-sought goal. Thurston has recruited Abel Ramirez and Gia Albergo-Delmar to design and oversee the renovation and enhancements, and the Galvan Foundation has offered the use of the former Van Kleeck garage as "Santa's workshop" for what is hoped will be a picturesque "refitting" of these allegedly beloved little buildings.



  1. Today's Register Star quotes Columbia County 911 on "Parkwood and Glenwood boulevards experiencing some of the worst [flooding]."

    Before anyone uses yesterday's storm to rationalize the hasty splitting of the city's Combined Sewer System, please know that Parkwood and Glenwood boulevards already have separated sewers (see the Sewer Map Book at the city website, pp. 85 and 104).

  2. The reason why the truck route is where it is; because JL Edwards, Underhill, Oakdale and Rider's pond were all once connected, all the way to Spring street.

    Only thing the city need do is remove the (man made) obstructions and let water flow.

  3. Fifty years ago, the curbs at 41 Glenwood were 6-8 inches deep. The streets themselves channeled water down the gully. Drove past there today and the blacktop/pavement is near the top of the curb in places. In heavy rains, the water has nowhere to go but over.

    Just what happens when government blocks the free flow of people, commerce, water...

    S..t backs up.