Truckbed of Downtown Home & Garden’s red pickup is filled with snow – presumably not for sale. [photo]
Truckbed loaded with snow is being pulled out of Ann Arbor farmers market parking lot. [photo] Mounds of snow still remain.
The Ann Arbor city council will be considering a resolution at its Feb. 18, 2014 meeting to purchase additional ice-control salt. Based on the $47,200 amount to be appropriated, and the $36.23 price per ton, the council will be authorizing the purchase of roughly 1,300 tons of additional salt.
A city staff estimate provided to The Chronicle puts the amount of salt used so far this season – through early February – at about 6,600 tons. That’s roughly at least as much or more than has been used in each of the previous five winter seasons. If the city uses all of the additional salt to be purchased – bringing this season’s total to about 7,900 tons – that would approach the …
There must be a story behind this scooter that was left behind. Meanwhile the plow works around it clearing yet more snow. [photo]
Pink high heels won the prize for most fashionable footwear at The Puck Drops Here event. [photo]
Dreiseitl fountain cascade of blue lights in the snow. [photo]
Good sledding at Slauson today. [photo]
Snow! Falling between the rain and leaves.
USPS vehicle proves that one way to get up a snowy hill is just to floor it and weave your way forward, no matter how long it takes. [photo]
Traffic at standstill as cars can’t get up hills coated with ice. [photo]
Editor’s note: The monthly milestone column, which appears on the second day of each month – the anniversary of The Ann Arbor Chronicle’s launch – is an opportunity for either the publisher or the editor of The Chronicle to touch base with readers on topics related to this publication.
Less often than I would like, I use a membership-funded co-working space on Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor called The Workantile Exchange to write and edit the material in this publication.
But even when I do work there, I am not all that productive, if productivity is measured by the number of words I type. Of course, I do type some words there. Some of these very words you are reading right now were typed at the Workantile. But number-of-words-typed is not how I measure the Workantile’s value to me.
So how do I assess the value of what I accomplish there?
It’s like describing the result of a snowstorm.
On first glance, it appeared to The Chronicle that an entrepreneur with a pickup truck was gleaning cardboard from Ann Arbor’s curbside recycling program. But it turns out that Stephen Ferszt was working for Recycle Ann Arbor. He explained that the smaller pickup truck he was driving was part of a contingency plan used on certain streets when road conditions were bad enough. The larger trucks were more likely to get stuck on streets with hills like Mulholland Avenue, where we encountered Freszt. On Friday morning, the freezing rain that had coated roads and sidewalks certainly warranted the contingency.