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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

RIOC Board Of Directors Review Roosevelt Island Snow Removal Policies And Procedures During Operations Advisory Committee Meeting

 Image Of 2015 RIOC Snow Removal

This past winter on Roosevelt Island seemed as though it would never end with freezing temperatures, East River ice floes and frequent snowstorms. Fortunately, none of the snowstorms reached blizzard like proportions.

How did the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) do this winter dealing with the snow? The subject was an Agenda Item of March 9 RIOC Operation Advisory Committee (full audio web cast) meeting:
... RIOC’s Snow Removal Efforts and Discussion of Future Strategies....
RIOC Directors David Kraut and Michael Shinozaki as well as  President Charlene Indelicato, Operations Director Cy Opperman and Public Safety Director Jack McManus discussed Roosevelt Island snow removal this past winter during yesterday's Operations Committee meeting.

Mr. Kraut said of RIOC:
... our people did an excellent job...
and that he heard plows going by his building at 6 or 7 every morning.

RIOC Operations Director Cy Opperman added that the:
... backbone of the snow removal is our maintenance Department - our three mechanics...
RIOC Public Safety Director Jack McManus praised the responsiveness and cooperation of the NYC Sanitation Department in assisting with vehicles spreading salt on the streets as well as coordination among RIOC staff and other agencies.

Ms Indelicato noted that without the Steam plant tunnels operating this year, snow built up on the streets more so than in the past.

Ms. Indelicato also reported that the cooperation of residents was very helpful in keeping the streets clean and removing snow but acknowledged:
... there's always room for improvement ...  we've learned alot even from last year, ...with Everbridge it gives us a better sense of communication, better notifications and yes we screwed up on some of them but it happens....
Ms. Indelicato concluded that:
... in my estimation, these guys did an unbelievable job...
Here's the March 9 RIOC Operations Advisory Committee snow removal discussion.

Hopefully the snow is over until next winter. Bring on the Spring.