Town Gives Special Thanks To Police Chief, Director Of Public Works, Assistant Director Of Public Works

Who deserves your thanks? The road crews, the stranger who plowed the end of your driveway, your neighbor, or anyone else who helped you out during this historic snow storm? Thank them right here on Patch for everyone to see.


It was a snow storm of epic proportions that everyone who lived in this part of Connecticut will remember for a lifetime.

Wednesday night, at the Board of Selectmen meeting and the Board of Finance meeting, as town officials discussed the impact of the storm, they also took time to thank the town employees and volunteers who worked through the storm to help the town recover. 

First Selectman Fillmore McPherson, in particular, said he wanted to thank Madison Police Chief Jack Drumm, Director of Public Works & Town Engineer Michael J. Ott, and Assistant Director of Public Works & Assistant Town Engineer John J. Iennaco, all of whom worked tirelessly, night and day, at tasks large and small, as the town worked to clear roads and make sure residents were safe.

Ott said he wanted to thank "the public works and facilities crews, police, fire and ambulance as well as the private contractors," including Anderson Brothers, Testori, Seashore, Lindahl, Schumack and Kyttle. Both Ott and Facilities Director Bill McMinn also thanked private contractors  Craig Talmadge and Russell Lanziero for their work clearing sidewalks for the facilities department, something that must have been a painstaking task given the large amount of ice that had to be hacked away.

Madison Public Schools posted this thank you, "We would like to say a special thank you to our Facilities Department and to the town Public Works crews for their tireless efforts making the schools ready and clearing the roads."

Town residents wrote into Madison Patch as well, to thank town work crews, volunteers, and neighbors for their service during and after the storm. 

Rachel Miller posted a picture of a sign her family put up on Horsepond Road, a sign made by her 9-year-old and 10-year-old children, who watched from the house as police officers, volunteer firerighters, amublance crews, the town's public works department, and private contractors worked to clear their neighborhood and check in on elderly people who lived there.

The sign said "Thx4 Helping <3"

Linda Nietlisbach posted pictures of Madison Public Works crews clearing her neighborhood of snow and wrote, ""I thought you might have a use for some photos of the great work being done by Madison Public Works crews.  They are a bunch of tired guys."

Charla, in North Madison, wrote about her neighbors, who hit the streets with shovels and snowblowers, to make a car path for a neighbor who needed to make it to a medical appointment. 

"Where were you when the Blizzard of 2013 hit Madison?" will be asked over and over.

Do you want to say "thanks" to any person or group who helped us out during this storm? Do it right here on Patch. It's easier than sending a thank you note!

Who do you want to say thank you to? Add your comments to the article to say a "big thanks!" Share your pictures and videos as well, if you'd like. 

Pem McNerney (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 02:34 PM
I want to thank all the town employees and volunteers, including our two volunteer fire departments, for all they did. Also, the people in my neighborhood who were so quick to help neighbors--including but not limited to Connor Carroll and his family who dug me out. Check out the video I posted ... Rich, Stan, and John from our neighborhood pitched in to help a neighbor with a stuck car. And the guy who plows our streets--I don't know his name, but he has the OLM sweatshirt on in the video--after working non-stop for days plowing all the heavy ice and snow, stopped while he was working to pitch in too. He was exhausted from working day and night. I'm pretty sure some cranky people frustrated by being snowed in might have been giving him a hard time at some point over those days. Still, he stopped to help out, ended up with his face in the mud and gravel at one point, and came up smiling! Thank you!
Pem McNerney (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Oh! And thank you to Denise across the street who was kind enough, and smart enough, to buy an awesome top of the line snowblower [it even has multiple speeds going backwards] and then provide it on permanent loan to Connor and his brothers, with the stipulation that they be sure to clear her driveway following storms. Then the Carroll boys [Sean and Eddie when they are home from college, and Connor] use it to clear everyone else's driveway ... good teamwork.
Pem McNerney (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 02:55 PM
And one more ... and then I'm done ... I think ... Scott from Sweitzer Waste who grabbed the bags out of my ice-bound dumpster instead of just giving up and driving by.
Kathy DeBurra February 14, 2013 at 03:06 PM
You forgot YOU! Thank you Pem! Your updates were so helpful!
Pem McNerney (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Oh i was just about to do that! Thank ME! JK ... =) Thanks Kathy ... and to you and to others who helped provide me with information when I could get no further than the end of Neck Road ... special thanks to Malcolm Nicholls and Eileen Banisch who served as my downtown correspondents.
eileen banisch February 14, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Thanks to my (not so young) down-the-street neighbors who helped clear slush, ice and snow from the end of their elderly neighbors' driveway so that they could get out. Thanks also to Wayne at the Madison Coffee Shop who WALKED to work from his house on Horsepond to get his restaurant open this weekend!
Pem McNerney (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 05:16 PM
I also saw Andrew Kaplan of Walden Pond Design and Wayne Rigney of Talent Mindset Resources walking into work Monday and Tuesday when roads in our neighborhood were still impassable ... their clients should take note.
Philip C. Steiner February 14, 2013 at 07:15 PM
I called a hello and thanks to the plow driver who went to work on our street, only to find out later that it was Chief Drumm. I have to say that I'm amazed and thankful that he has that kind of pride in the Town, to jump into a pickup and plow. I'm sure he could have stayed at Police HQ - instead he was out going ham on the snow. Big thanks to the Chief, to all Town employees, and to private contractors who went out of their way to clean up after Mother Nature's "gift".
Resident since 1967 February 15, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Wellsweep/Sycamore Drive got one pass by a payloader Saturday nite, last we saw of DPW. Neighbors got their own equipment to make road passable. Utilized the town web site for street condition that was apparently ignored, so congrats DPW great job!
Rossi February 15, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Thanks to all the town personnel and residents who helped dig us out from that superblizzard! A special thanks to Chip wilson here on Oak Avenue, who used his monster snowblower to do my driveway after my plow guy's truck broke down! Chip also dug out several other of our neighbors. Thanks, too to his 10 year old son Henry who helped me shovel!


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