Our Snow Angels

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

Dateline:  Wednesday, February 27th …

So, here we are, when Mother Nature decided to dump 3-4 inches of heavy, wet snow on Southeastern Michigan.  I’m out and about, doing my Code Enforcement rounds and this is what I see:

  • A bunch of kids using a stepladder to make a monster snowman on Coughlin.
  • A man shoveling his driveway on Grey.
  • A mom and her kids having a fierce snowball fight on Genes.
  • A few neighbors taking a break from shoveling to have a street side chat on Walnut.

All over town folks were shoveling, plowing, blowing, or just enjoying the snow.  Keep in mind this is mid-day.  Between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and all these various driveways and sidewalks were clear.  Are the citizens taking their cue from the City?

After all, this is one of the few municipalities of this size that I have heard of that plows every inch of its streets in an expedited fashion.  Today was no exception.  Around 10:00 a.m., Dan Brisson, Manager of Facilities and Roads, sent out an e-mail to City employees stating that most main roads were clear and work was starting on the residential streets.  By around 2:00pm, Dan was notifying us that all streets under the jurisdiction of the City of Auburn Hills were wet, but clear.

All of this is the result of 32 members of the Department of Public Services (DPS) using 9 dump trucks, 12 pickups and small dumps, a broom tractor, and a front end loader.  A small crew started plowing and salting when the storm began the night before.  By 2:00 a.m., a full crew was mobilized to prepare roads and City parking lots for the morning rush hour.  They are also prepared for the next day for either more snow or touching up the job already done.

The Auburn Hills DPS - Our Snow Angels

The Auburn Hills DPS – Our Snow Angels

So, were all the citizens I saw clearing their driveways and sidewalks during the day emulating the City’s quiet heroes; the ones that do their jobs when no one sees them?  I’d like to think so.

After all, the best way to lead is by example.  Thank you, DPS.