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Deserving more

January 8, 2013

The Riverwalk, bike paths and bridges are an integral part of our community....

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petesdragon

Jan-08-13 12:39 AM

Here's to promoting good health, start shoveling.

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jeff33

Jan-08-13 2:42 AM

Get some snow shoes!

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wwhickok

Jan-08-13 6:08 AM

While to an extent I agree with this letter, an even worse job was done in plowing the streets initially. That should be the priority. You talk about shoveling/plowing the bike path, unless your hooking a small plow to a 4 wheeler, how the heck is that going to be accomplished? Sure a mid-sized vehicle can fit on the walks but when you apply the plow it ceases to be midsized and furthermore your asking them to put their own lives in danger by attempting to plow the river walk. Good job! Like Pete said, grab a shovel and help out, you live here too, if it's that big of a deal, pitch in and help keep it free of snow. Most importantly to garner the man power it'd take to shovel all the paths and walks, our taxes would soar.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jan-08-13 7:41 AM

If the Moxie Energy power plant was relocated from Montgomery closer to Williamsport, they could run a buried steam line under the river walk and it would keep the snow and ice melted.

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wwhickok

Jan-08-13 8:00 AM

Texas, that's a very valid point and a very 'innovative' idea that I'm sure other areas utilize.

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SteelerFan

Jan-08-13 9:53 AM

the river walk is a low priority in times of heavy snow. I think people just have to bellyache about something, makes em feel better.

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Alsever

Jan-08-13 10:19 AM

Texas--you can't just bury a steam line in a flood control levee.

And most winters the path has very little snow on it as the wind blows it off the top of the levee.

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Josh84

Jan-08-13 11:41 AM

While they're at it why dont they plow off the little league fields so the kids can play ball.

Some things are enjoyed on a limited basis,SEASONALLY.

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Michelle

Jan-08-13 11:45 AM

Much as I love the Riverwalk, I can see it would be low priority in times of heavy snow, however the bridge is not a recreational area, it is a main artery in our community for many pedestrians and should be cleaned within 24 hours--just like my sidewalk in front of my house must be or I risk a fine. I also don't know which municipality is responsible for the bridge but it is a disgrace. Also as far as plowing the Riverwalk, the bike path up Lycoming Creek is always plowed pretty much right away and part of it is in the city...so they apparently have the equipment necessary.

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wwhickok

Jan-08-13 11:46 AM

SF & Josh, I agree 100%. Al I didn't actually think about that..that's a good point.

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Littledutchgirl

Jan-08-13 11:48 AM

I thought this letter was well written and worthy of consideration. As an avid runner and commuter bicyclist the path provides me with a much safer route than some of our streets and sidewalks. Shame on those homeowners who don't shovel their sidewalks and to those drivers who don't share the roads! I'm betting some of the snide comments come from those same people! Thankfully south williamsport and montoursville manage to clear their commuter paths.

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wwhickok

Jan-08-13 11:48 AM

Michelle, the walk along lycoming creek road is also in part a 'road' at the lower end where there are houses located next to it. Furthermore it's also at ground level, not 'off the ground' at the top of a levy where, one icy patch could send a vehicle or ATV tumbling down into the river.

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wwhickok

Jan-08-13 11:52 AM

I assure you LDG, regardless of to whom you're referring my walks are shoveled when it snows as soon as it snows, while it snows, and when it's down snowing. *listen if you shovel more than once, when it's over, the snow feels lighter* But my neighbors, with all due respect to them are not the primary reason, my family uses those walks and I want them to be safe. However, as I've also said previously I help shovel my neighbors' steps and walks because they're elderly and I'm not. So even if my family didn't use the sidewalks I'd still shovel without contempt.

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Littledutchgirl

Jan-08-13 11:54 AM

Wwhickok Really??!! There are lots harder places to plow than the river walk! And that same "ice" could send a person tumbling down into the river too!

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wwhickok

Jan-08-13 1:10 PM

LDG, yes really and I wasn't disagreeing with your point, I was just illustrating the fact that there are differences in the location references. To me, this is a very low priority/issue. In the Spring the snow will melt and we can all get back to walking and running as we enjoy, meanwhile I'll stick to the gym.

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Johnjr

Jan-08-13 2:27 PM

I don't believe the writer is suggesting the riverwalk to be a priority. It doesn't seem to me that it would take too long to drive around the riverwalk and plow it once the snow is done and the roads are cleared. I'm betting it would take all of an hour to do. There are trucks that would certainly fit. I'll never understand why some of you people feel the need to bash ever opinion no matter the suject.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jan-09-13 6:10 AM

"you can't just bury a steam line in a flood control levee."

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Actually I thought the biggest flaw in my proposal was that it didn't make much sense to relocate an entire powerplant with one of the primary benefits being able to heat a walkway. I just didn't see the economics justifying it. Maybe we should consider a big heat tape (electrical heat trace) under it instead. :-)

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wwhickok

Jan-09-13 6:11 AM

I for one, am not bashing anyone. But I am saying that there are a lot more important things that should be worried about in front of plowing the river walk and do you not think our taxes would raise yet again for the 'man power' they would have to supply to plow them? Everyone is so quick to say that 'they're not doing enough' which I can agree with, but then they complain when the taxes go up because they got their way. Nothing in this world is free, not even Freedom. This isn't a give and take society we live in anymore. This is a 'if they give they also take.

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wwhickok

Jan-09-13 6:13 AM

There is no 'two way street' about matters like this, the taxpayers would be the ones paying for it. We couldn't do the taking, we'd be the givers, giving more in taxes because we don't have a choice. So really, higher taxes for a snow-free river walk or wait til Spring and the taxes stay the same? I'm more than willing to wait til Spring. The Alternative would be for the community to join together in shoveling the river walk....good luck with that.

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wwhickok

Jan-09-13 6:14 AM

In reference to Texas -- You know what else would work? A Shovel..most citizens have one..just sayin'.

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FormerEastEnder

Jan-09-13 8:11 AM

Wait.. has anyone considered the legal aspects of having volunteers shovel the Riverwalk? One slip, and someone would sue the city in a HEARTBEAT...not worth that expense at all.. let mother nature clear it out, and in the meantime, use the local gym or YMCA for your fitness needs

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wwhickok

Jan-09-13 10:24 AM

FEE, I admit, that's an aspect I didn't consider.

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wwhickok

Jan-09-13 10:25 AM

OF COURSE, now you probably will have people lining up to volunteer at the notion they can justifiably sue someone.

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pinecr

Jan-10-13 11:49 AM

Texas, do we really need to hear from your again? And I am so sorry that the person writing this article can't get their walk in now...really don't you have somthing better to complain about. I know, try working for a living. After putting 12 hour days in, I don't feel a need to go for a walk!

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jan-10-13 7:51 PM

Pinecr,

Hear or read.......It's simple. When you see my name, don't read what I post.

Somedays there is too much to read on here and that is what I do.

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