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Member Of Road Crew Enjoys Plowing Away Snow

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Everyone has their own opinion on the snow--some folks like it, some don't. Like it or not, however, winter weather affects us all, especially those who spend hours on rigs that are designed to keep our roads clear and safe. Here is the story of one man who has always liked to play in the snow.

Early Thursday, around 7:00am, the snow began to fall on the streets of Charlottesville just in time for rush hour.

"We're pretty busy. We have to get the salt down before it comes," said Ricky Morris, or the Charlottesville Department ."

Around 11:00 a.m., sleet started to fall and layer the town. Almost an hour later, the big chill set in, and everything began to freeze.

"After the snow, come back and the spread up, and salt down, so schools can get back in session," added Morris.

Most roads leading in and out of the city were taken care of, thanks to workers like Ricky Morris, with the Charlottesville Department of Public Works. It may look tough to clear roads of ice, sleet, and freezing rain because it is. Still, it can be fun for some.

"It's not bad. It's kind of like playing in a sandbox when you were little, you know, you just move everything where you want it to go," said Morris.

While older workers among the road crews may not find as much pleasure pushing away snow, the younger Ricky Morris says he gets a great feeling because he helps people get moving in the cold. There's also something else.

"This nice heated truck. The city takes care of us pretty good on that," said Morris.

Allowing road crews to take care of everyone, including making sure kids get to school safely, but, there are always two-sides to every story. Here's the other story.

"You get a lot of kids 'booing' you for doing it, but most of the adults are pretty appreciative of it," said Morris.

It does not bother Ricky as much because he remembers when he was kid. He played in the snow then, and plays in it now, only this time it's with bigger toys.

Ricky Morris has been with public works for about three years now, and says, he's enjoyed every day his been there. It almost seems perfect because his job is centered around snow.


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