TROY N.Y. – Winter is coming to an end, but it's better late than never that the city of Troy has a plan in place just on case.
Troy's snow emergency plan is similar to those of other cities in the Capital District. The plan institutes the odd and even parking system, and residents are to disregard any permanent posted signs in the event that a snow emergency is called.
"I don't think they should have waited this long for a snow emergency plan when all other surrounding cities already have one," said Troy resident Kermit Rock.
With spring just around the corner, some Troy residents say the city is a little behind coming out with a snow emergency plan right now.
"I think it's a little too late for that. Clearly we needed it this winter. The city was a mess," said residents Bret Cunningham.
Rock has been a Troy resident for over 60 years, getting by each winter without the city calling for a snow emergency. The last time the city had a snow emergency plan was back in 2002.
"We no longer have the man power and equipment to implement that plan. So to go out and do that wouldn't work," said Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia
Instead the city would designate a day and close off certain streets to push back the snow if need be.
"As a result of this particular winter that we've had and getting unseasonable amount of snow. It was apparent we needed to put a plan in place," said Rosamilia.
The mayor also said they are prepared and have come up with a temporary plan until next winter.
If a snow emergency is in effect the odd/even parking system will begin at 7 in the morning the day after the snow emergency has been declared. This means all cars must park on the even side the first 24 hours, and on odd side the 24 hours proceeding. Again, this all depends on the severity of the storm.
The city says it will give residents at least an 8 hour notice prior to beginning a snow emergency.
"There's no definitive number of inches where we would declare a snow emergency. Snow fall and accumulation will obviously be number one and number two will be what's the immediate forecast," he said.
The city will solidify these plans through the spring so they can have a permanent plan in place for the next winter season. The mayor said they will keep residents posted through its website and social media pages.
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