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2014-01-20 08:50:10 PM
Those climate change deniers will stop at nothing to  prove those libby libs wrong.
 
2014-01-20 09:14:21 PM
I don't care what you think subby, this is a fine idea!
 
2014-01-20 09:40:05 PM
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2014-01-20 09:40:36 PM
Because it's absolutely true that there's only one single use for a snow plow, and that is to snow plow.
 
2014-01-20 09:42:24 PM
What no Zamboni?
 
2014-01-20 09:43:01 PM
If ever there was a good opportunity to create a long-term contract with a private company to provide a public service, this would be it.

Of course, seeing as how it's Florida, they'd probably overpay and not have a clause stipulating punitive measures in the case the company couldn't provide plowing services.
 
2014-01-20 09:43:04 PM
Usher said the city began considering buying snow plows after hearing how effective they were in clearing tornado debris in Oklahoma and other states.

Mounted on existing dump trucks, the plows cost far less than bulldozers or front end loaders.



Seems reasonable to me.
 
2014-01-20 09:43:15 PM
No snow but we do get a shiatton of storms down here, so repurpose some snowplow blades into debris plow blades and keep em handy for the next time a hurricane trashes the streets and relief workers need through? sounds ok to me.

/and like they said it costs a lot less than a full on bulldozer, and a heavy truck with a plow blade is faster and more economical too, since the blade is removable.
 
2014-01-20 09:45:32 PM
Just wait until they find out that I don't smoke cigarettes but own a cigarette lighter.

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2014-01-20 09:46:13 PM
Sounds like a perfectly cromulent idea to me. It's not like they bought snow blowers cause that would be ridiculous...

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2014-01-20 09:46:57 PM
Nice work Subby. Made me rageclick.
 
2014-01-20 09:47:09 PM
Snow plows to remove debris after a hurricane, instead of a front loader?  Do they realize the debris won't melt away like snow does and will still need to be picked up?  And northerners thought getting their driveways buried under snow was annoying.  Imagine getting branches and crap, instead.

MrHappyRotter: Because it's absolutely true that there's only one single use for a snow plow, and that is to snow plow. plow snow.

FTFY

Snow plow is a noun, plowing snow is an action.
 
2014-01-20 09:49:00 PM
Next week's headline: Largo mayor uses public works to "clear the way" to "important meeting."
 
2014-01-20 09:50:01 PM

adeist69: Sounds like a perfectly cromulent idea to me. It's not like they bought snow blowers cause that would be ridiculous...

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I like it.  It could mulch the debris at the same time.
 
2014-01-20 09:50:14 PM
Needs more flamethrower.
 
2014-01-20 09:50:18 PM
One hot summer day I used my snow plow to push a pile of dirt into a hole.

The Universe was nearly turned inside out, but I didn't feel like doing any shoveling.
 
2014-01-20 09:51:46 PM

generallyso: Usher said the city began considering buying snow plows after hearing how effective they were in clearing tornado debris in Oklahoma and other states.

Mounted on existing dump trucks, the plows cost far less than bulldozers or front end loaders.


Seems reasonable to me.


This.
 
2014-01-20 09:51:50 PM

lack of warmth: Snow plows to remove debris after a hurricane, instead of a front loader?  Do they realize the debris won't melt away like snow does and will still need to be picked up?  And northerners thought getting their driveways buried under snow was annoying.  Imagine getting branches and crap, instead.


After all, why should people care if first responders and emergency crews are able to get through to people in need, the important thing is that your driveway stays clear of tree branches.
 
2014-01-20 09:51:51 PM
I was in Tampa for that snowfall.  I was 8 years old and it was awesome.
 
2014-01-20 09:52:30 PM
Getting ready to deal with all of the global warming, I'd guess.
 
2014-01-20 09:53:16 PM
Came to indignantly denounce retarded headline, saw its been covered more than adequately, leaving satisfied...
 
2014-01-20 09:53:17 PM
Yeah how dumb. Unexpected weather never happens.

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2014-01-20 09:54:19 PM
Does Rick Scott have a relative who sells snow plows?
 
2014-01-20 09:56:10 PM
<--- Read TFA.

<--- No longer cares.
 
2014-01-20 10:06:27 PM

ReapTheChaos: lack of warmth: Snow plows to remove debris after a hurricane, instead of a front loader?  Do they realize the debris won't melt away like snow does and will still need to be picked up?  And northerners thought getting their driveways buried under snow was annoying.  Imagine getting branches and crap, instead.

After all, why should people care if first responders and emergency crews are able to get through to people in need, the important thing is that your driveway stays clear of tree branches.


You've never been trapped by your city and nature.  Getting a car stuck in snow is one thing, hitting branches is damaging.  So yeah, rush down the middle of the road and make it even harder for folks to leave their houses.  They are out of power and need supplies, but that's okay, we found a new purpose for a plow blade.  Solve one problem and create a new one, all the while not getting rid of the crap.  I do feel this is pants on head retarded.  Also, these will not move a tree.  Just in case you thought it would, snow plows would get destroyed the first time someone tried.  Bend it right up.
 
2014-01-20 10:07:46 PM
www.mtviggy.com
 
2014-01-20 10:08:30 PM
Laugh all you want, but when that global warming shiat hits big time and the snow starts piling up in Tampa, then, then ,then....... Where's my drink?
 
2014-01-20 10:09:40 PM
Spent taxpayer money on American made equipment. Good on them.
 
2014-01-20 10:11:40 PM

lack of warmth: Snow plows to remove debris after a hurricane, instead of a front loader? Do they realize the debris won't melt away like snow does and will still need to be picked up?



Judging by the article, yes, they're aware and the goal is to clear roadways for emergency vehicles rather than performing long-term cleanup:


"When the police and fire departments are trying to come through and do emergency search and rescue or emergency response, obviously debris in the roadway can stop them, flatten tires and cause other problems," said Brian Usher, Largo Public Works Director.
...
Mounted on existing dump trucks, the plows cost far less than bulldozers or front end loaders.

Public works officials say that with traditional heavy equipment, it can take hours, or even days to clear major thoroughfares like Ulmerton Rd. or East Bay Dr., but they say with the new plows, which can travel at speeds of up to 28 miles an hour, the same task can be accomplished in a matter of minutes.
 
2014-01-20 10:12:02 PM
That... actually sounds like a cost effective and sane idea. WTF Largo? You actually did something intelligent.

/Lived and worked in Largo.
//Largo sucks
 
2014-01-20 10:12:05 PM

Schmerd1948: Laugh all you want, but when that global warming shiat hits big time and the snow starts piling up in Tampa, then, then ,then....... Where's my drink?


I look forward to games played on the frozen tundra of Ray Jay Stadium.
 
2014-01-20 10:12:20 PM

lack of warmth: Snow plows to remove debris after a hurricane, instead of a front loader?  Do they realize the debris won't melt away like snow does and will still need to be picked up?


YEAH!

HELL YEAH!

GRAB A ROPE!!!
 
2014-01-20 10:14:04 PM
They heard about the sunspots going away and they getting ahead of the curve.  Oh yeah, the mayor's BIL owns a snow plow dealership up North, but they had to pay list price, because it's winter.
 
2014-01-20 10:14:58 PM

lack of warmth: Snow plows to remove debris after a hurricane, instead of a front loader?  Do they realize the debris won't melt away like snow does and will still need to be picked up?  And northerners thought getting their driveways buried under snow was annoying.  Imagine getting branches and crap, instead.

MrHappyRotter: Because it's absolutely true that there's only one single use for a snow plow, and that is to snow plow. plow snow. FTFY

Snow plow is a noun, plowing snow is an action.


I thought that too, but their goal is to clear a path in a hurry for emergency responders. They did something similar in Biloxi after Katrina, plow the debris on the side of the road so crews could get through, then pick it up and dispose of it at your leisure.
 
2014-01-20 10:15:30 PM

lack of warmth: Solve one problem and create a new one, all the while not getting rid of the crap.


Because temporarily pushing it to the side for emergency vehicles means a permanent moratorium on ever picking it up. Once that snow-plow-blade-of-permanence touches it, there it must lie in perpetuity, to the constant annoyance of generations to come.

Otherwise, good point.
 
2014-01-20 10:15:44 PM

lack of warmth: ReapTheChaos: lack of warmth: Snow plows to remove debris after a hurricane, instead of a front loader?  Do they realize the debris won't melt away like snow does and will still need to be picked up?  And northerners thought getting their driveways buried under snow was annoying.  Imagine getting branches and crap, instead.

After all, why should people care if first responders and emergency crews are able to get through to people in need, the important thing is that your driveway stays clear of tree branches.

You've never been trapped by your city and nature.  Getting a car stuck in snow is one thing, hitting branches is damaging.  So yeah, rush down the middle of the road and make it even harder for folks to leave their houses.  They are out of power and need supplies, but that's okay, we found a new purpose for a plow blade.  Solve one problem and create a new one, all the while not getting rid of the crap.  I do feel this is pants on head retarded.  Also, these will not move a tree.  Just in case you thought it would, snow plows would get destroyed the first time someone tried.  Bend it right up.


If the fire trucks and ambulances can't get through because of the debris in the road, neither are you. They haven't created an environment that makes it impossible for you to drive anywhere, they just made it a bit harder for you, but possible once you get out of the driveway.
 
2014-01-20 10:16:34 PM

StoPPeRmobile: Yeah how dumb. Unexpected weather never happens.


The typical snowplow requires water to be in its solid state to be effective in its removal.
 
2014-01-20 10:18:36 PM

generallyso: lack of warmth: Snow plows to remove debris after a hurricane, instead of a front loader? Do they realize the debris won't melt away like snow does and will still need to be picked up?


Judging by the article, yes, they're aware and the goal is to clear roadways for emergency vehicles rather than performing long-term cleanup:


"When the police and fire departments are trying to come through and do emergency search and rescue or emergency response, obviously debris in the roadway can stop them, flatten tires and cause other problems," said Brian Usher, Largo Public Works Director.
...
Mounted on existing dump trucks, the plows cost far less than bulldozers or front end loaders.

Public works officials say that with traditional heavy equipment, it can take hours, or even days to clear major thoroughfares like Ulmerton Rd. or East Bay Dr., but they say with the new plows, which can travel at speeds of up to 28 miles an hour, the same task can be accomplished in a matter of minutes.


I read it.  It is bull crap stupid.  I will not be changing my opinion on this.
 
2014-01-20 10:18:44 PM

lack of warmth: ReapTheChaos: lack of warmth: Snow plows to remove debris after a hurricane, instead of a front loader?  Do they realize the debris won't melt away like snow does and will still need to be picked up?  And northerners thought getting their driveways buried under snow was annoying.  Imagine getting branches and crap, instead.

After all, why should people care if first responders and emergency crews are able to get through to people in need, the important thing is that your driveway stays clear of tree branches.

You've never been trapped by your city and nature.  Getting a car stuck in snow is one thing, hitting branches is damaging.  So yeah, rush down the middle of the road and make it even harder for folks to leave their houses.  They are out of power and need supplies, but that's okay, we found a new purpose for a plow blade.  Solve one problem and create a new one, all the while not getting rid of the crap.  I do feel this is pants on head retarded.   Also, these will not move a tree.  Just in case you thought it would, snow plows would get destroyed the first time someone tried.  Bend it right up.


Really? How odd, when I worked for the highway department as a teenager in NY we used them for exactly that purpose and they worked fine. You cant go down the road at 30 mph plowing them to the side, but when a tree would fall due to heavy snow we could push them off to the side and clear the road no problem.
 
2014-01-20 10:18:46 PM

fredbox: StoPPeRmobile: Yeah how dumb. Unexpected weather never happens.

The typical snowplow requires water to be in its solid state to be effective in its removal.


Know how I know you didn't read the article, or most of the comments in this thread?
 
2014-01-20 10:22:06 PM

lack of warmth: generallyso: lack of warmth: Snow plows to remove debris after a hurricane, instead of a front loader? Do they realize the debris won't melt away like snow does and will still need to be picked up?


Judging by the article, yes, they're aware and the goal is to clear roadways for emergency vehicles rather than performing long-term cleanup:


"When the police and fire departments are trying to come through and do emergency search and rescue or emergency response, obviously debris in the roadway can stop them, flatten tires and cause other problems," said Brian Usher, Largo Public Works Director.
...
Mounted on existing dump trucks, the plows cost far less than bulldozers or front end loaders.

Public works officials say that with traditional heavy equipment, it can take hours, or even days to clear major thoroughfares like Ulmerton Rd. or East Bay Dr., but they say with the new plows, which can travel at speeds of up to 28 miles an hour, the same task can be accomplished in a matter of minutes.

I read it.  It is bull crap stupid.  I will not be changing my opinion on this.


I like your style. In light of factual information that undermines your skepticism double down and just call it bullshiat. Brilliant! I have never seen you before but I hope you post a lot, your input is entertaining.
 
2014-01-20 10:24:01 PM

MrHappyRotter: Because it's absolutely true that there's only one single use for a snow plow, and that is to snow plow.


Not only that, but having one on stand-by isn't a bad idea. Better than having to shut the city down for however long because of a few inches of snow.

"On Thursday, several inches of snow piled up in Jerusalem, its environs and the West Bank for the first time in five years, shuttering schools and crippling transportation." ~huffingtonpost
 
2014-01-20 10:26:34 PM

lack of warmth: ReapTheChaos: lack of warmth: Snow plows to remove debris after a hurricane, instead of a front loader?  Do they realize the debris won't melt away like snow does and will still need to be picked up?  And northerners thought getting their driveways buried under snow was annoying.  Imagine getting branches and crap, instead.

After all, why should people care if first responders and emergency crews are able to get through to people in need, the important thing is that your driveway stays clear of tree branches.

You've never been trapped by your city and nature.  Getting a car stuck in snow is one thing, hitting branches is damaging.  So yeah, rush down the middle of the road and make it even harder for folks to leave their houses.  They are out of power and need supplies, but that's okay, we found a new purpose for a plow blade.  Solve one problem and create a new one, all the while not getting rid of the crap.  I do feel this is pants on head retarded.  Also, these will not move a tree.  Just in case you thought it would, snow plows would get destroyed the first time someone tried.  Bend it right up.


And you have never been on a relief crew going into a area flattened by a hurricane have you? these trucks will stage up with the semis hauling the relief supplies into the area, since they can keep up with the convoy these will probably be assigned to the point, the last supply run I was on we had a dropbed hauling a bulldozer for this kind of work which was slow and it couldn't move a tree out of the road either, they have to be chainsawed into manageable pieces then moved, the areas where these blades will be most useful is where the storm has flattened houses and all kinds of debris is blocking the road, the worst being building material with nails exposed (better than stop sticks for bringing a relief convoy to a halt) with one of these in the lead though it will go much faster and I doubt anyone will be complaining much about their driveway being blocked when their farking house is gone
 
2014-01-20 10:27:18 PM
oh, I was sure that snow plowing  was slang for some old person sex game ?
 
2014-01-20 10:30:53 PM

IsNoGood: oh, I was sure that snow plowing  was slang for some old person sex game ?


No that's lemon party
 
2014-01-20 10:31:00 PM

generallyso: Usher said the city began considering buying snow plows after hearing how effective they were in clearing tornado debris in Oklahoma and other states.

Mounted on existing dump trucks, the plows cost far less than bulldozers or front end loaders.


Seems reasonable to me.


Oh , come ON! Reasonable?
Florihuh!! Duurrrr
Ooga-Booga
 
2014-01-20 10:33:32 PM

Pribar: IsNoGood: oh, I was sure that snow plowing  was slang for some old person sex game ?

No that's lemon party



But only if waxing was involved right ?,  Need to know im getting old
 
2014-01-20 10:35:38 PM

lack of warmth: I read it. It is bull crap stupid. I will not be changing my opinion on this.


/facepalm
 
2014-01-20 10:35:49 PM
I read the article and apparently they will use the plows to clear the roads of useless debris, possibly Florida drivers.

In other news, Soylent Green is still made the good old-fashioned way, with people like you. I mean, by people like you. By.

See. Sometimes reading the article just makes it worse.
 
2014-01-20 10:37:04 PM
While some have been used for storm debris removal it doesn't sound like anyone actually studied the effect of hard materials hitting the plow from the perspectives of damaging the plow and creating projectiles.
 
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