OWOSSO (WJRT) - (01/10/17) - An Owosso couple, upset their street isn't being touched by plows following snowfall like we experienced overnight, reached out to the ABC12 newsroom.
Jim and Jackie Cram live in a subdivision, so they know their road is not considered a top priority. What they question is why an unused dead end road Jim can see from his backyard gets plowed so often.
"At 8:31, the county plow truck came by, plowed that road out, and then he came back at 8:43, plowed the road out again and salted," Jim said.
Jim can see everything from his backyard. The Owosso resident, who is a quadrapalegic after suffering a serious injury in a car crash in 2012, says he's not looking for sympathy, just answers.
"I'd like to see them plow the roads that have people and houses and businesses first, before they take care of an abandoned road that isn't used and nobody lives on," Jim said.
A quick spin down West Wildwood Drive illustrates exactly what Jim is concerned about.
While the road was clearly plowed Tuesday morning, his subdivision remained untouched. He and his wife also worry about what would happen if he were to experience a medical emergency.
"If I had to get to the hospital, the only way out is on an ambulance. I might not to be able to go out to 52," Jim said.
So we took those concerns to Brent Friess, the head of the Shiawasee Road Commission.
"Typically, if a person is working on M-52, he has to make two to three rounds, so that's a real easy place to go in, turn around and come back," he said.
When asked if he thought this was an efficient use of county resources, Friess said, "Would I rather see them doing this where someone's living? Yeah, I would, but I also see that's very easy for them to get back on the four lane of M-52, which our number one priority."
Friess tells us they do try to plow the subdivision when they get significant snowfall, but they cannot keep it clear at all times.
If emergency crews needed to access the road, and experienced a problem, plows would be sent out through central dispatch following a call to 911.
That's little comfort to Jim, who says in the event of a medical emergency, time is of the essence.