A reputation, especially a negative one. can stick around for a while, and for the city of Waynesboro, the rep is that snow sticks around on the roads for too long. The city says it's a label they wish they could plow away.
They've heard it for years, criticism that their neighbors in Augusta County and Staunton do a better job with snow, but Waynesboro says it’s just not true.
"I think we are doing a much better job now," said William Ellison, Waynesboro's Public Works Superintendent. "I don't think we deserve the bum rap. Waynesboro is innovative; we are looking for better ways to serve the public."
Ellison says this year they are working smarter. They divide the city into quarters with specific crews responsible for specific wards.
Mark Louk is in charge of the C ward and says no Waynesboro resident was house-bound for very long.
"I think people don't realize the city of Waynesboro is a big city," Louk said. "There's a lot of roads to cover and I think we've done a very good job."
He says there also was a lot more snow on Waynesboro's plows.
"I heard Staunton got maybe seven inches of snow," he explained. "I am for sure that Waynesboro got between 12 and 15 inches and it was just a lot more snow to move."
Plows must focus on primary roads for emergency crews and more heavy traffic before getting to those back roads.