Every year, people freak out about the first snow of the season.
TV meteorologists point at a green screen and scare the populace with warnings of a Snowmageddon. Residents recall the Blizzard of ’78 and rush to the local grocery store to clear the shelves of bread and milk.
Side note: Some of these people never eat bread or drink milk but stock up when there’s an inch of snow as if they were Doomsday-preppers and someone accidentally spilled Diet Coke on the nuclear-launch button.
A snowstorm gets people worried. But not me.
That’s because I live in Carmel, where the street department puts salt on the roads at the appropriate times and gets the roads cleared in a timely manner.
Now, I’m not downplaying the seriousness of sub-zero temperatures or slick roads. I’m just giving our city leaders credit for doing their best to keep our citizens safe during inclement weather.
In fact, during the polar vortex, which led to 10-degree temperatures, the city made sure its employees were safe and looked out for citizens that might have had power outages. A temporary warming station was set up at Carmel High School and pets were allowed at the center in crates.
When the city takes care of its streets after heavy snow, it’s not only good for public safety, but it’s good for the economy.
My family and I own an Italian restaurant on Main Street. There have been very few times we have closed due to snow in the eight years we’ve been open. Because Carmel does such a great job clearing the streets, there are a surprising number of people who make the journey out and about. We can stay open more often, make more money and therefore pay more taxes.
Thank you to the City of Carmel Street Dept. for keeping us all safe.
Adam Aasen, Carmel resident and city council candidate