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Patch Reader: Why Does Emmaus Clean Up Snow for St. Ann's?

Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe responds to a Patch reader's questions about the borough's snow removal policies.

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An Emmaus Patch reader who lives on S. 6th Street in Emmaus Borough posed a question about the borough's snow removal policies in the "Speak Out" section of the Emmaus Patch site on Monday morning.

In particular, the reader, who posts on the Emmaus Patch site under the user ID jmil1150, wanted to know why this weekend the borough appeared to only be cleaning up the snow in front of St. Ann's School on S. 6th Street and not assisting with snow removal on the residential side of the street, where tight parking is an ongoing concern

"Parking being a continuing issue in this area with nothing being addressed by the borough," the reader writes, "now borough assets are clearing parking for the school??? I'm really wondering......."

Patch contacted Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe via email to get a response to the concerns raised by the reader. Pepe told Patch that the Borough was cleaning off the bus drop-off area at the school -- something it has done for years. 

He went on to say that the borough assists all the schools in Emmaus in a similar way -- with the ultimate goal being to help keep the kids safe.  

Here's Pepe's response in its entirety:

"I spoke with our Public Works Director, John Dychala, about this. We were cleaning off the bus drop-off circle at the school, as well as the drop-off area for the children, a practice that we have been doing for as long as he can remember. It has been a standard practice of the Borough’s for many years to clean the snow at all of the schools in the Borough, in particular, in the areas where children are getting dropped off (we do not plow their driveways, playgrounds, etc.). This process did not just start recently. It is a partnership the Borough has with all of the schools in the borough. We help them with things, just like they assist us in other areas when we need it as well. While we cannot clear every single street gutter in the Borough, we try to clear off as many of the high-traffic areas as possible, especially at the schools, where the safety of the children is a particular concern. If we cleaned off every side of every street, we would have over 100 miles of snow to remove, which simply is not feasible. Safety rather than convenience is the first and foremost priority of the department." 
matt January 06, 2014 at 07:35 PM
Oh, give it a rest neighbors of St Ann's ! I'm so tired of hearing about their perceived parking problems. Like no one else in the borough has parking issues. Now they complain that the borough is removing snow from the bus drop offs. Is it the situation they hate or is it just that they don't like that it's a church ? Either way, just shut up already!
jmil1150 January 07, 2014 at 05:41 PM
So, Matt, are you a borough employee or a member of the church?? Because if you lived in this neighborhood, you would know that the parking issues are not perceived. You really shouldn't comment about things you don't know about.
matt January 07, 2014 at 07:54 PM
@jmil1150 As a big matter of fact I am one of those two that u had mentioned. So yes I am aware of the parking situation on a daily basis. Keep searching for things to cry on complaining about.
jmil1150 January 07, 2014 at 08:59 PM
As I thought, you don't live in the neighborhood so, quit commenting on something that you deal with once a week when you visit this neighborhood. I've lived here for 30 years, I'm pretty sure that I can comment on what goes on here.
Mike January 11, 2014 at 10:53 AM
As a member of the school I can tell you that your concerns are voiced to the parents at the school repeatedly. The school has asked that parents use the church lot and park on the school side of the street. However we all know that some people choose to make their own rules. It is visible everywhere. Even at Emmaus High School where it is stated that cars do not enter the bus area and they still do. Unfortunately our children will learn by example. I apologize if you feel slighted by the plowing issue but as stated and is visible at other school locations in Emmaus, the borough does clear the areas around the schools for safety and we commend them for that. I know that St Ann has a maintenance crew that will maintain their lots and side walks on their own. No borough equipment is used there. I see your neighborhood as I see my own. I respect your parking. Wish others would do the same.
JC January 29, 2014 at 04:47 PM
What is the main problem is the fact that the parents and teachers are disrespectful with the parking. There are two huge lots available to them which are very rarely used throughout the week. If they are approached and asked nicely to move their vehicle they become nasty. They will park anywhere, anyway they want that is convenient for themselves with no regard to the residents. They leave their children in their vehicles while they go inside for 15 minutes or more as well as just letting them run right into the road. I've seen that on more than one occasion. If safety is their #1 priority start using the parking lot provided for them and use the side of the street that the school is located on.

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