Snowstorm disrupts services, prompts delays
From Staff Reports
Friday, January 5, 2018
The recent winter storm and resulting treacherous road conditions not only caused schools to close but also disrupted public services and caused some events to be rescheduled.
Tar River Transit service was cancelled on Thursday, but bus service is expected to resume at 10 a.m. today, city officials said.
Weather conditions prompted the early closure of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building and all recreation centers, including the Booker T. Washington Community Center, South Rocky Mount Community Center, RM Wilson gym, the Rocky Mount Senior Center and the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. The Park and Recreation Department canceled its after-school and all-day care programs for Thursday.
City Hall will operate on a two-hour delay today, opening at 10:30 a.m. The BTW Community Center, South Rocky Mount Community Center, the Senior Center and the Imperial Centre will open at noon today.
Weather and roadways permitting, city officials said solid waste collection is expected to resume today. Regular Friday customers will receive service for household trash and recycling. Bulk waste and yard waste will not be collected.
Depending on conditions, workers may not be able to complete today’s route. In such cases, the department will strive to complete collection on Saturday. The department will also work to service Thursday customers on Saturday as well.
“We are going to try our best to service as many of our customers as we can,” said Jonathan Boone, director of Public Works and Water Resources. “Based on road conditions, we may not be able to complete both routes on Saturday, but we will give it our best effort.”
The MLK Oratorical Competition slated for Saturday and practice have been rescheduled. The practice for contestants will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers on the third floor of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building. The competition will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Theatre at the Imperial Centre.
The city suspended loose leaf collection on the north route the rest of this week. Weather permitting, collection will resume next week on the north route and begin on the south route.
Solid waste collection may be impacted the remainder of this week as well. If conditions are safe enough for crews to work, priority will be given to the collection of household trash. The collection of recycling, yard waste and bulk waste may be delayed.