Stothert promises review of snow removal plan

Posted at 3:35 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 17:37:08-05

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert promises a review of the city's snow removal plan in a statement issued Thursday.

The development comes a day after she and the Omaha Police union were at odds over the police response to a traffic problem on the snow-covered intersection of 90th and Dodge streets.

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Read the full statement:

“After reviewing the 911 audio and the public works records, we have learned it took 2 hours and 11 minutes for plows to arrive at 90th and Dodge after the initial call for additional plowing and sanding. This is not an acceptable response.

This shows a breakdown in communication and as Mayor its my job to fix it and we will. I have asked the Public Works Director to formally re-evaluate the City’s snow removal plan which has not been revised since 2008. The goal will be to modify plans yet this snow season.

Decisions that impact so many citizens such as closing the city’s busiest intersection, must be coordinated and communicated clearly with the chain of command in all departments.

The initial question was not whether an OPD officer should have closed Dodge Street, the question was whether that decision was communicated correctly. To provide an effective level of service for snow removal, everyone involved in the operation needs to be informed.

All Omaha Police officers on duty during this snow event provided excellent service to our citizens.”

Audio released by the anonymous Twitter user who posts about police activity, MeanStreetsOMA, reveals more about how long it took snow plows to arrive in the area after being requested by responding officers.

SEE ALSO: Audio recording captures police response to Tuesday's snowy traffic issue

Is the city's snow removal plan outdated? Watch KMTV Action 3 News at 5 to find out what city leaders think.