Seniors were stuck in the cold in New Castle
NEW CASTLE – Anne Ostrove grew up in North Dakota and knows what it’s like to experience heavy snow.However, the 68-year-old resident of the New Castle Senior Housing complex was not prepared for the amount of snow that piled up over the last few weeks due to the lack of snowplowing services.”We’ve had a lot of snow here – over a foot,” Ostrove said. “But we don’t have a plow.”
But what started out as a bad situation became a community effort that had a happy ending as of Thursday afternoon.An accumulation of deep snow had caused cars to become stuck in driveways and made it difficult to get around the complex, located along Castle Valley Boulevard and west of the Hogback Skate Park.The manager of the housing development, Leslie Means, attended a New Castle Town Council meeting on Tuesday night to ask if the town would plow the roads and was turned down.”It’s not that we don’t like seniors, but that’s a private road,” said town clerk Lisa Cain, who pointed out the town only plows public town roads. “We encouraged (Means) to get a contractor.”Means, who has been manager of the complex since August, said she had not been informed that she was supposed to hire a snowplowing contractor by September, nor was she aware that the town was not responsible for plowing the roads.
“Whether it was a city road or a private road, I asked council if they could make an exception,” Means said. “I’m still learning my job and I’m trying to do the best that I can.”Enter contractor Miles Rippy, of Miles Rippy Excavating in Glenwood Springs, to the rescue.Rippy was called and showed up early Thursday morning at the senior housing complex to assess what needed to be done. He had to leave and come back with additional equipment and plowed the street from 10 a.m. to noon.”It was bad,” Rippy said. “It took four pieces of equipment and two hours to clean it out. It was a mess.”Means was very appreciative.
“I am so grateful for Miles Rippy showing up and being able to fit us in,” she said.Ostrove, who has lived at the senior complex since 2006, said there was not as much snow last year and that with the recent snowfalls, Means and her husband had been keeping the sidewalks clear themselves.”(The residents) weren’t mad, they just wanted the snow out of here,” she said.Judi Patrick, associate director of the Colorado Rural Housing Development Corp., a nonprofit organization that oversaw the development of the senior housing complex, said the problem now seems to be resolved and Rippy has been contracted to plow the snow for the rest of the season.”We’ve cleaned it up and they’re back in business,” Rippy affirmed. “We’ll make a pathway every time it snows.”Means says she feels like it’s an example of the community coming together in a bad situation.”Everything is fine now,” she said. “Those who could help, did. This has a happy ending.”
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