Thursday, December 27, 2012
Residents, businesses reminded to clear snow and ice from public sidewalks abutting their properties.
Kent Service Director Gene Roberts has announced that the snow emergency parking ban put into effect at 1 p.m. Wednesday has been lifted as of 4 p.m today. Roberts also issued a reminder that residents and businesses should continue to clear snow and ice from public sidewalks abutting their properties.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Emergency parking ban prohibits parking on all city streets until further notice.
Kent Service Director Gene Roberts issued a snow emergency parking ban starting at 1 p.m. today that will remain in effect on all city streets until further notice. Roberts said the ban is necessary to provide Kent Service Department road crews full acccess to all city streets in order to clear snow and ice. Roberts said the media would be notified when the parking ban is lifted. During a snow emergency, Roberts said, parking on all city streets is banned to provide for snow and ice removal. A snow emergency exists during any 24-hour period when two or more inches of snow accumulates. The Kent Police Department website also provides information about parking bans and other emergencies on its home page. Roberts issued a reminder to all …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Residents can still drop off yard waste for disposal
The city of Kent has run out of mulch. City officials announced Thursday that Kent's supply of finished wood mulch, available to residents, has been depleted "due to the unusually early and warm spring experienced in the region, which has the mulch production contractors working overtime attempting to keep up with the high demand," according to a press release from Kent Service Director Gene Roberts. The city is working with its contractor to process more mulch, Roberts said. While the city waits for its mulch contractor to grind up the existing yard waste residents can still drop off branches and other debris at Kent's yard waste transfer site next to Plum Creek Park. For now, residents should know: For more information, call the Kent …
Saturday, January 21, 2012
'Inappropriate pickup' and safety issues are main reasons behind decision.
A few bad apples have spoiled Kent’s free rock salt giveaway program, launched just two weeks ago. Kent Service Director Gene Roberts announced the program’s suspension Friday due to several instances of “inappropriate pickup” and safety issues brought to light by a man wandering into the city’s salt dome in search of more product. City Manager Dave Ruller introduced the free service Jan. 5 in his Kent 360° blog post about the importance of residents shoveling and salting their sidewalks – and the city’s efforts to get that message out. Ruller said he was hopeful that giving rock salt away was a better means to encourage snow shoveling than establishing stricter laws and penalties for people who don't clear their walks. He also made sure …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Roads are getting slippery as snowstorm kicks into gear.
The evening commute home could be a slippery one, if your chosen route hasn't yet been plowed and salted by the Kent Service Department. There have been several non-injury accidents in the past hour, according to Kent Police radio traffic, including a couple cars which slid off the road. One officer told a dispatcher at 4:20 p.m. that the service department "needs to hit the hill on Main Street. People are getting stuck." Another officer called in minutes later, saying Summit Street also needed attention. "It's getting pretty bad," she said. According to the National Weather Service forecast for Kent, one to three inches of accumulation is possible before 7 tonight. The overnight low is expected to hit single digits. Another inch of snow …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Snow emergency parking ban in effect on all city streets until further notice.
Editor's note: This story was updated at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Kent Service Director Gene Roberts has issued a snow emergency parking ban in effect on all city streets until further notice. Roberts said the ban is necessary to provide Kent Service Department road crews full acccess to all city streets in order to clear snow and ice. Roberts said the media would be notified when the parking ban is lifted. Meanwhile, the Kent Police and Fire Departments have been busy dealing with weather-related issues. No injuries resulted from the 11 traffic accidents that have occurred since about 10 p.m. Thursday night, according to Kent Police. A Streetsboro company's snowplow may be a total loss, though, after a noontime engine fire on S.R. 261. The Kent …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
So how was your weekend? City workers spent Saturday night digging in the dark to repair a broken water line.
A Kent Service Department work crew logged a quick response time Saturday night when a six-inch water line running under Doramor Street near Dansel Avenue suddenly broke. John Osborne, Central Maintenance utilities manager, said the break was reported by neighborhood residents just after 9 p.m. to Kent Police, who in turn notified the service department. A three-man work crew and heavy equipment were on the scene by 9:15 p.m., shutting down water service in the neighborhood to allow them to repair the break. "We were out there fairly quickly. We keep people on call so they’re ready to go and we keep our equipment loaded up," Osborne said. "You can't predict when these things are going to happen, so you just have to be ready." He said that …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Free service runs through Friday; after that, trees can be taken to city's yard waste site.
Still have that formerly live Christmas tree hanging around the house, dropping needles like crazy? It’s not too late to get free curbside pickup service from Kent Central Maintenance crews. Sheri Chestnutwood, administrative assistant in the Kent Service Department, said employees will continue cruising city neighborhoods through Friday picking up trees stripped of their ornaments, tinsel and other festive décor. Wondering why some trees placed curbside last week haven’t been picked up? City employees were off Jan. 2 in observance of New Year’s, making for a short workweek. Then, central maintenance workers had their shifts filled with snow-removal duties as a result of the Jan. 2-3 storm that dropped a foot of the white stuff on Kent. …