Smithfield man asks city to remove snow-storage ‘doughnut’

SMITHFIELD – Between city proclamations, requests concerning land from residents and discussion of fire engines, Mayor Darrell Simmons kept busy during Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

May 14 has officially been declared as Arbor Day in Smithfield.

“We urge all citizens to care for trees, woodlands and forestry programs,” said Simmons. “This is a day to celebrate planting, growing and preserving trees in our community. They bring so much value to our city and help keep Smithfield beautiful.”

In honor of Arbor Day, Boy Scout troops from Smithfield will plant trees at Sunset Park at 5:30. The national recognition for Arbor Day is actually the 28th of April but each city may proclaim it when they choose. All residents are welcome to support and help with the planting alongside the scouts.

The council also heard more pressing matters.

Neil Sessions, of Smithfield, addressed the council concerning problems with snow removal in the cul-de-sac at 280 S. 789 East where he resides. The end of it features a “doughnut” or circular patch of land in the middle of the street. City officials said the doughnut was designed for snow storage during the winter. But with heavy snow storms and the congestion of multiple cars, these can be problematic areas for residents needing access.

“I come before you today to seek permission to remove the doughnut on our street,” stated Sessions. “I know it wouldn’t be cheap but it is causing lots of problems for my wife and me to get out of our driveway when snow is piled really high in front of our house.”

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