County set to consider snow plow
by Jon Gillooly
January 22, 2013 01:45 PM | 4476 views | 15 15 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Faye DiMassimo
Faye DiMassimo
MARIETTA — Faye DiMassimo, the county’s transportation director, believes Cobb County needs a snowplow.

DiMassimo has asked commissioners to buy the vehicle at tonight’s meeting.

She is recommending the lowest bid from Nextran Truck Center at $233,618 for a “Mack truck-style” salt spreader with front snowplow and two salt spreader hoppers. The federal government will pick up 80 percent of the tab for the new truck, with the county footing the remaining 20 percent.

Dan McDuff, the department of transportation’s deputy director, said the county hasn’t owned a snowplow in six years. The new rig will be used for clearing Cobb Community Transit parking lots, along with the bus maintenance yards, he said.

“We had them in the past, but we didn’t have any opportunities to really use them in the past,” McDuff said. “They were surplussed years ago. They were old and just weren’t usable.”

When the ice storm struck Cobb two winters ago, the county found itself in need of some snow removal equipment, he said.

“It was a real problem in the last ice storm because of our inability to do anything with CCT buses and our need to first of all make our facilities safe, like our park-and-ride, and just for the bus drivers to get the buses out of the parking lot was a challenge,” he said. “It would give us the ability to clear routes for the bus drivers to keep bus service active.”

During that ice storm, the county leased several motor graders from contractors to help move the ice, he said.

“That way we don’t have to buy a bunch of things that sit in the yard and rust,” he said.

Since then, there hasn’t been a need for a snowplow in Cobb County.

“Here’s the issue,” county chairman Tim Lee said. “We need to have a minimal amount of equipment available in the event we have some inclement weather similar to what we had last time.”

Because of the demand for such vehicles, it won’t be until fall that it arrives if approved by the commissioners tonight, he said.

The Federal Transit Administration will pay for 80 percent of the cost through a matching grant program.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the boardroom at 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.
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January 23, 2013
Dumb, (McDuff), Dumber (Lee) and Dumbest (Dimassimo).

Please let's get rid of these morons!!!
January 31, 2014
look who is dumb now? rethinking that statement yet? #atlantasnowstorm
better use of $$$$
January 23, 2013
If there's money just burning a hole in Tim's pocket, at least put it to useful use.

All of Cobb County, all of Cobb,... just 2 animal control vans! Just 2 !! There should be at least one animal control van for each & every one of the six cities! But there's not!!

We need to tighten up codes for owners of dangerous dogs.

Many of them are being abused. The thugs owning, breeding & fighting pit bulls is a growing problem in Cobb.

So is just general neglect of animals.

We have had the Smyrna police out to a rental house 3-4 times , where all they can do is sit and wait hours(on the clock) for an animal control van to make its way over to Smyrna, only to find , once the animal control shows up, they have to leave the tied up, barking dog , tied up, barking & freezing.

I've been told that Cobb considers domesticated dogs in the same group as sheep, goats & livestock!

Time to change that!

There just isn't the desire to crack down & raise fines for abuse!

We have animals tied up. tethered in the freezing weather, running loose & attacking people.

But the animal control officers hands are tied. They usually have to leave a mistreated animal behind,.. because in Cobb County, there just aren't any laws to protect the animals OR the surrounding homeowners!

There are NEEDs in Cobb County!

Weigh it out-

animal control van/officer,... snow plow!

Let's become a smarter county!

Be Careful
January 23, 2013
I don't even know where to begin.

We had snow plows that weren't used in 6 years so we got rid of them.

It snowed 2 years ago, and now we need a plow to clear transit parking lots?

People don't go to work in the snow. How are they going to drive to the cleared transit lots?

Even though 80% of the cost is coming from "federal money"...we're still paying for it, that's OUR tax money.

And for those people who complain that the roads aren't clear after a day of snow...get a life. It doesn't snow that often here. Enjoy a couple days off work.
Cobb Employee
January 22, 2013
I have the perfect solution. How about re-purchasing David Hankerson's pets, Jack and Jill the mules, and hook a modified snow plow to them to pull during snow events?
top cat
January 22, 2013
Couldn't we share a snow plow with other counties?
Is this a joke
January 22, 2013
Are you kidding? We have snow every 5 or 6 years. Please!
January 22, 2013
I guess Cobb bureaucrats think that the World revolves around CCT!

Ms. Faye can't be serious.

Just Wait
January 22, 2013
I can understand the purchase of snow removal equipment. Everyone who complains about it now will be same ones who complain about the county not being prepared during the next snow storm. That being said, the reasoning of clearing transit parking lots and bus parking should not have been on top of the list.
January 22, 2013
Are you serious?
waste, fraud, abuse
January 22, 2013
WHAT (freakin') SNOW???
January 22, 2013
Faye DiMassimo, how about a mold bore plow for Jack and Jill?

Is that too much to ask?
January 22, 2013
Out West people have these bolt-on snow plows on their pick up trucks. Can we bolt some plows onto CCT buses? They have the requisite heft and traction for it, and when it snows they are just sitting there, so they're available. If we bolt a few snow plows onto buses when it might snow and ice, what is the loss? A few bicyclers might not have use of the bike rack on the front of the bus, but seeing as how its cold enough to be snowing and icing, that seems like an extremely minor issue-- The bicyclers who would ride in bitter cold, snow and ice don't use the bus anyhow. They ride the whole way wherever they're going (and normally get there faster than the bus)
Alex Auslander
January 22, 2013
In Germany, the farmers attach plows to their tractors and move much of the snow in the suburbs.

Does Cobb even have farmers?
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