From Cobb County to the State of Georgia, our most recent ice/snow storm is now being called “Snow Gate,” because no government entity or elected official is willing to accept responsibility for the lack of preparedness and contingency planning.
Gov. Nathan Deal stated that it was the Weather Service’s fault for an inaccurate weather forecast. Really! Don’t forget that on the governor’s inauguration day in January 2011 his celebration was spoiled because of uncleared snow on the roads. Deal fired the person in charge of the Georgia DOT for lack of preparedness. Deal does not need another DOT policy review. He supposedly did that three years ago, and now he dodges responsibility by placing blame on the Weather Service. This is not the kind of leadership we expect from a Georgia governor.
On a Cobb County level, Tim Lee and other County Commission members have the responsibility of ensuring that Cobb’s roads were cleared and safe from the approaching snowstorm. They all knew at 3:35 a.m. Tuesday morning with issuance of revised Weather Service forecast that the storm was bad and was coming our way, and they did not act in a responsible manner to ensure that Cobb citizens and children were safe on potentially dangerous roads.
There are reports that Gov. Deal, Atlanta Mayor Reed and Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee attended a luncheon meeting in Atlanta, and not attending that meeting because of an approaching snowstorm was a political gamble they were not willing to make. Public safety is their job, and the responsibility starts at the top.
There were no contracts with private companies to respond to the coming storm with prepositioned equipment and materials to ensure public safety. We must ask why they did not do their job, because what resulted was very dangerous to all, including our school children.
I don’t accept continued excuses of Cobb government or state government when other areas of Georgia were prepared. It is a matter of leadership. Perhaps they need to consult with Dalton Mayor (and gubernatorial candidate) David Pennington on how to prepare for this kind of winter weather. Dalton’s roads were clear. Proactive management is far better than a crisis response, and that is an example of “Good Government.”
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