AKRON, Ohio – Akron resident John Fankhauser captured video of a city snow plow that has become quite the buzz in the public works department and on social media websites.
The video, taken on Sunday afternoon on Fankhauser’s cellphone, shows a city truck rumbling down Woodward Avenue with its 2 1/2 ton plow down on the street. It bewildered the 43-year-old resident because there wasn’t any snow on the road.
“I thought it was ludicrous. There was no reason for him to be out there. There wasn’t a stitch of snow on the street,” Fankhauser said.
The city launched an investigation after learning of the video from another city employee who saw it on Facebook.
Barnett said the city’s automatic vehicle location system showed the plow was down as the driver made two passes on the North Hill street, and there were not any mechanical problems with the vehicle.
“If you’re a snow plow driver, there’s no way you can’t realize that plow is down,” Barnett said.
He added the driver’s mistake left some minor wear on the bottom of the snow plow.
Fankhauser considers the worthless plowing a waste of taxpayer dollars.
“Waste of fuel. Waste of wages. The list could on as far as why it was wrong and it wasn’t just my street. There are five or six streets…he did as well,” Fankhauser said.