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Lauretti Back From Florida, Addresses Snow Cleanup

Watch videos of the mayor's comments and read what residents are saying about it in the comments.

The Valley Indy spoke with Mayor Mark A. Lauretti at the city yard this afternoon. Check out their YouTube videos of what he had to say, and for the complete story, click here.

Douglas Carne February 11, 2013 at 08:42 PM
If Lauretti thinks he got as much done in Florida as he could have here in Shelton why not just stay down there. As a matter of fact maybe all politician should take Lauretti lead and go on vacation. Maybe then something could actually get done
Save Shelton NOW! February 11, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Mr. Lauretti, Welcome back to reality. Your failures as a Mayor are increasing obvious with each passing week of your term. "Low Taxes" what a bogus legacy. What you mean is "I will cut every service in the city and pretend I am an effective civil manager". Please spare us from any more of your "fine work" and resign. If you don't, maybe we all should force you out under NO COMPETENCE CLAUSE!!! PS - Love your tan!
Duck At Excalibur February 11, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Wow, the man can't go on vacation because he is mayor? What's next, you'll have a hissy fit if I go on vacation because I'm a business owner? I suppose you aren't allowed to go on vacation either? So easy to criticize but not too eager to step up and actually do something productive.
Michelle February 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Has the Mayor and Public Work Director ever heard of cancelling their vacations? It wasn't like this blizzard or CT expected snow fall wasn't a national story before a snowflake fell. We in Corporate American, have to cancel our vacations when we are required at work due to unforeseen events. Why do township officials think there are different rules for them?
Duck At Excalibur February 11, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Just out of curiosity, what makes you more competent? Better yet, what qualifies you as being able to do a better job and if so, why aren't you doing it? As I see it, Shelton doesn't need saving. I am very happy with the way things are being handled.
linda February 11, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Duck seems to be a lauretti supporter. Tsk! Tsk!
Barb February 11, 2013 at 11:47 PM
If plows had been out round the clock, there wouldn't have been too large an accumulation. It wasn't as though the storm came out of nowhere, weather services were talking about it at least 5 days before it happened. That's the time to plan, not after there's a foot and a half of snow on the ground. Oh gee, pardon me, I'm asking for common sense.
Kathy Kelley February 12, 2013 at 12:27 AM
The biggest storm of the century should have been reason enough for the Mayor to cancel or return early from his trip. His duty is as Mayor first, citizen second especially in the event of a catastrophe. Our Chief was AWOL at a critical time...there is NO excuse for this! Any other executive would be fired for this! End of discussion.
06484 February 12, 2013 at 12:32 AM
You complete idiot! If YOU don't like living in Shelton, then MOVE to a city with leadership that would clearly suit you better. Like Bridgeport or New Haven. Real competence there! What reality are you living in?
06484 February 12, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Why would he need to do that? Our national economy has been a disaster for four years and it doesn't stop Obama from vacationing. I didn't know our mayor was one of the snow plow drivers for the city. By the way, our STATE roads I.e.: RT 110 is still one lane. Why aren't you up that obnoxious freak Malloy's backside? Do you know why the roads are so bad? Because it was a blizzard, you moron!
Phil McCracken February 12, 2013 at 12:48 AM
I like Lauretti, and am generally happy with the job that he has done for Shelton. However, his response above was unacceptable. "we don't have a crystal ball?" no, but we did have a pretty dire weather forecast for the 5 days prior to the storm. And as to the "complainers complaining till the cows come home" not sure about his street, but there is no way in heck that those cows can make it home with all of the untouched streets in Shelton!! Major Fail Mayor!
06484 February 12, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Save Shelton Now? From what? Success? Would you prefer we were like Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Waterbury or Danbury?
Michele Bialek February 12, 2013 at 02:52 AM
First of all, Duck has a right to his own opinion and may support anyone he chooses. Please do not judge. Secondly, I think that perhaps we should stop wasting our time complaining about what hasn't been done. Wouldn't it be more productive to simply focus on the people who still need assistance and getting our community back to normal? I for one have been blown away at the level of neighborly help and genuine camaraderie I've experienced in the past few days. We are working together to cope after such a huge event. We have lost a few neighbors already. Let's not lose any more and set aside our personal annoyances in order to get everyone back up to speed. We all say we love our city. Make it proud!
Joe February 12, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Reminds me of the Simpsons episode when the mayor of Springfield sets up a replica of his office on a far away beach on vacation while the town is in a crisis.
Slim February 12, 2013 at 04:32 AM
It's all going to be alright. Calm down everyone. Roads will clear, people will get their coffe and the world will continue to spin. This is a relatively minor event making me realize how unprepared everyone is to deal with just a few days of inconvenience. God forbid something serious were to happen.
Diane February 12, 2013 at 04:53 AM
I agree with you Barb. I live in the middle of Village Dr. and saw a plow come by late Fri. afternoon when there was about less than a foot. A plow came by after midnight ( I know because that's when I went to bed ) on Sat. clearing one lane. By then there was close to 3ft. We haven't seen one since. A pay loader was widening the corners of a deadend street near us and a plow came a few hours later to clear them out but did nothing to widen the road even a little as it drove by. My husband and daughters were out driving in nearby communities for work and errands and said that Shelton is pitiful as far as cleanup goes. If they had been out non stop from the beginning as say Danbury was, we wouldn't be in the situation we are in now. And it's not just this storm. For the past several years the quality of snow removal in this city has been lacking. Is more equipment and more manpower needed? I would rather pay a little more in taxes for better quality in city services than slip and slide on poorly or no plowed streets.
Mike February 12, 2013 at 04:53 AM
The issue of not being able to clear roads in a reasonable amount of time is not exclusive to Shelton. Surrounding towns are having similar issues. It is not a case of poor planning. The extraordinary blizzard dumped snow at rates much higher than a typical snowfal and the wind blew snow across roads that had been plowed previously. I know I personnaly cleared about 10 inches of snow from my driveway the before going to sleep only to wake up and find it looked as if I had not done a thing. The wind blew the snow over my driveway much in the same way it did across the roadways. If the roads were plowed the snow just pushed the snow back over the roadways after the plow passed. I don't beleive any town in CT owns enough equipment to compete with the blizzard conditions we experienced.
TC February 12, 2013 at 11:31 AM
This is extremely dishearting. A defensive Mayor. The truth is we did have a crystal ball...its called the forecast. Second, contingency planning should have happened BEFORE the storm and not on Monday (3 days post storm) and last I don't want to be compared to Bpt or New Haven. How about Monroe...Newtown...they seem to have weathered the storm better. What did they do that Shelton can learn from. It's not about blaming...but we need to realize people have a right to ask questions. Dismissing the questions and acting as if historic weather events are going to go away isn't leadership.
James Taradine February 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM
I think we need to know why this happened and try to prevent it from happening again in the future. Pointing fingers doesn't help. More snow coming. Jim T
Chris Evanchik Noonan February 12, 2013 at 12:29 PM
What was the condition of the plows, pre snow? We're they up to the task or were they old and in need of repairs or possibly being replaced?
Save Shelton NOW! February 12, 2013 at 01:19 PM
This is a well stated post. For whatever reason, Shelton continuously compares itself to Bridgeport or New Haven. I'm not sure why. There are other towns in Fairfield County with similar attributes to Shelton. Yes these towns have higher taxes, but they also have a considerable amount of services for their residents. My assessment of our Mayor is not personal. I don't wish him any ill will and yes, he can go on vacation. But not during a crisis. My opinion, which is shared with numerous other residents, is Lauretti is not effective. Low taxes does not equate to great leadership. The result of his poor planning will become increasingly evident in years to come. This snowstorm is an excellent example of not having a contingency plan, not having an emergency management plan and not securing our infrastructure. I never said I could do better. I can vote for someone who can, just like all of you.
pissed February 12, 2013 at 02:00 PM
It already did how many more will die because we can not get to them.
Pam Rackiewicz February 12, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I heard from a reliable source that 6 plows were broken and not fixed with only 3 working. Not acceptable. A neighbor had an ambulance here and they took her away on a sled. Two years ago when we had all the massive snow storms, everything was fine because the plowing went on continuously. This was a disaster, and a frightening scenario especially for the elderly. If the snow plow scenario (not in working order) is true, this needs to be addressed.
Facts February 12, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Our son was out plowing on Friday night - said it became a white out late at night. TV News said it was 2 or more inches an hour at some points. That is when drivers of plows - municipal or not - get off the road. Unfortunate that we had a blizzard. Lots of snow and hard to remove is the result. Lucky we didn't lose power!
S. Denihan February 12, 2013 at 04:19 PM
I too am very happy that we did not lose power and I recognize that the amount of snow that came down was extraordinary. It is now 11 on Tues., however, and my road is still not plowed. I can get no reasonable estimate as to when my road will be plowed out. I am the last house on a dead end street. There is no way that we can be reached for an emergency, no way to get groceries and no way to get to work. This situation has now existed for four days. Are any of those supportive of the way this storm was dealt with in the same situation? I pay my taxes and in return expect competent public services. I don't expect a perfect response but I do expect a reasonable response. I don't feel that a four day passage of time after an expected and predicted storm, even a storm with over two feet of snow, is reasonable for a Connecticut town. Are we supposed to use up our precious vacation time while we are held captive in our home by the dpw? I think it is certainly appropriate to question whether this clean up could have been dealt with better.
Bristol Rises February 12, 2013 at 05:06 PM
A few questions I would like answered: 1) Mayor Lauretti gave a short interview with the editor of Huntington Herald (Kate Czaplinski) on Saturday morning. He was quoted then as to what the city response was and would be. However, not once did he disclose that he was in Florida. If it's not a big deal and you're able to manage situation from there, why conceal that? 2) Out of the total number of Shelton Department of Public Works employees, how many worked on Sunday? Was their contractual right to double time on Sunday's a factor in some available workers being told to not report. 3) In the absence of our Mayor and Director of Public Works (forgeting the cell phone), who was directing the city's response on the ground?
Sunny February 12, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I totally agree with Michele. STOP COMPLAINING and be grateful for your family and your property. Help your elderly neighbors. It is just snow, and believe it or not, it WILL go away! Is it an inconvenience, YES, do we want our kids back to school, YES, but this is not the end of the world. All the towns around us have the same problem with the snow-NOT just Shelton. We have a few nice, sunny days ahead of us that will help with the melting.
Denise R. February 12, 2013 at 07:28 PM
How about adding a fewpre questions? Exactly how many town owned plows are out clearing as of Tuesday February 12th? And how many town workers are on the job to get the roads in condition for busses and for school lots and roof cleared? Many towns did handle the storm clean up better and the kids are back in school.
06484 February 12, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Hey, "Save Shelton Now" - if YOU feel paying higher taxes for such considerable superior services is worth it, then move to Bridgeport or New Haven. I'll bet you'll feel much safer there too. By the way people are not comparing Shelton to Bridgeport and New Haven. There is NO comparisin. They ARE comparing LEADERSHIP. Bridgeport and New Haven have oppressive taxes for no apparent value. If you want to live there, you need to arm yourself. WE use those towns as examples because you are clearly a liberal fool. A typical democrap who should just move to one of those disasterous towns instead of trying to make the one you live in as miserable as they are. Go ahead - name ONE city in CT that has perpetual democratic leadership that you would prefer to live over Shelton. If you can name it, why don't you move there! Then you won't need to criticize the leadership when you are in the same or worse boat.

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