By Sue Botos
The “polar vortex” that swept into the area Monday did it’s share to disrupt the usual routine. School districts got an extended holiday break, and community buildings such as senior centers and libraries closed. But for others it was business as usual with the added challenge of keeping warm.
At the Rocky River Civic Center, manager David Ford reported that despite “flip-flopping” of schedules, the center will remain open. “We’re scrambling a bit to redo the schedules, but we’ll have open gym and the pool will be open,” Ford said on Tuesday. The center has only been closed a few times in 13 years,” he said.
Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor Jeff Harrington advised his workers to use the buddy system while making their rounds. He said the plant won’t really “feel any effect” until the snow melt causes water levels to rise.
Trash pick-up will delayed by one day, according to Safety Service Director Mary Kay Costello. “We’ve had a few equipment breakdowns, but the mechanics have done a good job evaluating the machinery,” she stated. She said that road crews have been on duty around the clock keeping up with snow and ice accumulation. Crews also helped out with two water main breaks, one at the Westlake Villas senior residence, the other in the Wooster Road area.
Costello said that there are about 700 tons of salt in reserve, but in the extreme cold, calcium chloride must be used instead.
Hand and foot warming packs have been provided to service workers as well as police officers. Police Chief Kelly Stillman said the warmers came in handy for officers assisting on a few I-90 accidents. While he reported that calls have not included anything out of the ordinary, he advised residents to think ahead when it comes to battling the chill. “Common sense prevails,” he stated.