How Would You Rate Natick's Plowing During This Week's Snowstorm?

Is the town off to a good start this winter?

Plows at the Natick DPW. Patch file photo
Plows at the Natick DPW. Patch file photo

Now that the New Year's first snowstorm is in the books, it’s time for you to rate how the town’s plows handled the more than half foot of snow that fell during Day 1 of the storm.

Feel free to give praise or thanks, express frustrations or offer up constructive criticism in the comments below.

Bob January 05, 2014 at 08:45 AM
It was hilarious to go from Natick to Framingham and see how POOR the Natick roads were compared to Framingham. The side roads in Framingham were better that the main (135, 27 and several others I was on) streets in Natick. Incredibly incompetent snow plowing job in Natick. What a disgusting shame how Natick has become a 3rd world town.
Brian January 14, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Do you live in Natick Bob?
Bob January 14, 2014 at 02:49 PM
Born and raised here. Grad Natick High School. Own 2 houses in Natick. Does that qualify me to have an opinion? I have been a lifelong fan and proud of Natick but it has become a 3rd world town with money spent on 'favors' for a few. Huge amounts of money are being passed out to a few for town projects - the pet projects of a couple people. I will stop short of calling it theft or corruption because I am not privy to the inside details, but it is beginning to smell real bad.
Brian January 14, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Absolutely, anyone can have an opinion, just wondering if you lived in town.
Larry January 14, 2014 at 06:03 PM
Bob - Give us examples of these projects that have you so upset.
Brian January 20, 2014 at 08:38 PM
peter January 21, 2014 at 06:06 AM
Bob have you ever plowed???
Bob January 21, 2014 at 08:22 AM
yes, I have plowed snow a fair amount.
peter January 21, 2014 at 09:21 AM
Roadways ? Bob. Those Dpw guys are working an average of 30 hours straight just on a little storm. They sand before it really accumulates , then plow and then back to sanding. And its not all overtime. Big difference between natick and framingham. There the largest town in the country. With a very large budget. And plenty of equipment and man power. Bottom line those guys do a great job with what they are given. If you have read the paper lately you would have also seen that the dpw's budget was decreased again by 3 percent.
Bob January 23, 2014 at 08:13 AM
This last storm, again, it was obvious difference between Framingham and the 'former town of champions' in terms of street conditions. It was obvious to even the casual observer. Natick had done more sidewalk clearing but I guess that was to give pedestrians more running room for when cars would lose it on the cruddy roads. If money is the issue, why are megabucks being wasted on ridiculous expenditures at Taj Mahal aka AJ Lane park on Speen St. Who's brother in law is the contractor for that project?? Or how about all the money wasted at Mary Bunker with a bunch of huge tent platforms that most were just torn down years later without ever being used or a building that cost 3 times what it would if built for a private party. Not picking on the rec department as the waste is across the board. Look at the "special detail" police that have their back to traffic, texting and shooting the breeze with the utility crew, completely dis-interested in the traffic they are supposed to monitor. That is a blatant theft from the rate payers and taxpayers that have to foot the bill and get NOTHING in return. The problem is NOT the budget , it is the continuing waste of taxpayers money by paying far too much for bad decisions and way to expensive contracts. Work on those issues and it will all take care of itself. No business would ever survive wasting money the way governments at all levels do.
Bob January 23, 2014 at 08:54 AM
That's the spirit, go after me instead of the issues presented. So I will return the favor then not comment on this thread again as you want it personal and bring up my children and family rather than on-topic. It is obvious you are a town employee and like things just the way they are. Most likely you or your family are the recipient of some of this wasted, poorly spent taxpayers money. Congrats to you, enjoy it.
Robert Fucci (Editor) January 23, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Brian ... you can make your point toward Bob without getting personal. Let's stick to the topic and keep it civil. You can all disagree without the attacks.
peter January 23, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Unreal, keeping hiding behind your keyboard bob. I was looking at all your comments you have ever posted, all negative. Is there anything that this town government does right or you are happy with. And if this town upsets you so much. Move I 've heard framinghamis a nice town to live.
Brian January 23, 2014 at 09:11 AM
No I'm not a town employee Bob, but I am a blue collar worker. I just can't stand the know it all mentality of people that stand on the sidelines and complain while unwilling to do anything about it. And I'm not saying there is no wasted money, but I disagree with blasting the worker when it starts at the top.
Matt January 23, 2014 at 09:59 AM
It's JJ lane
Bonnie Punch February 05, 2014 at 03:00 PM
Today must have been such a difficult day for these guys to pick up, move on & get the job done. FANTASTIC work so far, yesterday's tragedy not withstanding. I'm so proud of this town, these workers and of the job they do for us year round.
Larry February 18, 2014 at 01:22 AM
Bob - Town Meeting is coming up. ANY resident of Natick can speak their mind at Town Meeting. Stand up. State your name. Speak. Stop whining and crying in the shadows. Stand up in public and speak your convictions.
Bob February 18, 2014 at 02:14 AM
You are a real piece of work! Simply stating obvious facts and you gotta claim "whining and crying in the shadows" I am doing EXACTLY what you and everyone else here does by simply stating an clearly visible condition of the towns performance compared to neighboring towns. With the exception that you need to get far more personal for certainly no good or productive reason. People like you ARE the reason that anonymity is a good thing on public opinion forums. You seem to want to know where I live and that can NOT be for any good reason. You are not the least bit interested in a fix for the issue, just some kind of, who knows what, to me personally for voicing my observations. Way to represent!
Matt February 18, 2014 at 07:14 AM
It's JJ lane
Bob February 18, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Still? :-))
Larry February 24, 2014 at 12:36 PM
"You are not the least bit interested in a fix for the issue,...." - Bob Crying and complaining in Patch's comment section isn't going to "fix" a dang thing. At a minimum, call the DPW. Even more effective, stand up at Town Meeting and speak up. I couldn't care less about who YOU are. I'm simply pointing out that the method you're applying, while perfectly acceptable "speech", is a poor method of having any actual impact on "fixing" anything.


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