The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update


April 10, 2014

Viewpoint: Snow emergencies may not match adjoining counties

The silly season has hit Madison County government. The county passed an ordinance (law) where citizens of Madison County can be fined up to $1,000 for driving on county roads in a snow emergency, and maybe some jail time.

How deep does the snow have to be for a snow emergency? We have several thousand people who live in Madison County and drive to work in Marion County, Indianapolis. If there is a 7- or 8-inch snow in Madison County and a 1-inch snow in Marion County, what are those workers supposed to do?

The political system, in Madison County, has not gotten any jobs here for them. You have governments telling drivers to stay off the roads in these snowstorms. You have businesses telling workers if you don’t come to work, you are going to be fired.

Are you going to put it in the county law where, if an employee does not report for work in a snow emergency they cannot be fired from their job? When the courthouse employees are asked to stay home in a snow emergency they get paid for it.

When you live along these county roads and work for private companies it’s not easy to go in your house, shut the door and two or three days’ pay and maybe your job over a 5- or 6-inch snowfall. The County Council should take two minutes and vote their ordinance down.

The G-P-S Tracking System for county highway trucks, there is a radio in each truck. You spend $16,000 a year on this Star Wars gadget and you say you don’t have the money to bring three truck drivers up to their top rate of pay? Beam me up, Scottie!

Jim Janes


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