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Christmas and Santa On Way!

December 23, 2009

Water main broken - West Ash road (off of North Alder Road) . Lot's of workers there. No water pressure . Traffic danger.

HOW STERLING DUG OUT
(The Story of VDOT Saving Christmas?)

Santa Claus can land the sleigh and Juniper Avenue is back to being visited by 100s nightly for the displays.


Thank you to all of you. Sterling citizens really pulled together the last few days. I know there is a lot more cleaning up to do and there are still piles of snow everywhere. There is still ice and bumpy streets due to the ice. Just continue to be careful.

Thousands of Sterling residents shoveld snow and shoveled their neighbors paths and cars out too. Hundreds of workers shoveled snow and the VDOT crews worked in 2 shifts every day for the past five days. Many Sterling citizens wrote me to tell me of road conditions and the Supervisor staff made phone calls.

And I drove around Sterling and last night at 10 p.m. as well.

I called the county administrator and confirmed that we were in a genuine state of emergency and that he was in agreemtn with me this was an emergency situation and he declared "a state of emergency". The board will meet New Years Evening day, Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. to formally vote on this decision. (This qualified us to obtain assistance during the the storm if we needed it. We did not need it.)

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews worked day and night and as late as last night were clearing all of Lincoln Road and several other nearby roads. VDOT crews working in the dispatch office would recieve my reports and assign bulldozers and other snow plows to remove snow.

I wish to thank VDOT crews who worked all hours and are still working to clear all the roadways. They responded daily to the large amount of snow and I assure you I monitored their progress hourly through phone calls, inspections and other (your emails!) reports.

Those VDOT plows made it possible for all of us to enjoy the holiday.

The private snow plows and HOAs and private owners of snow removal machines of all kinds (snow blowers, ATV snow plows, muscle power) did a great service. And the "Grass cutters Exchange (now the "Sterling Snow Shovlers" assisted too.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office worked 44 weather-related crashes and responded to 219 disabled vehicles between midnight on Saturday, December 19, 2009 and 7:45 a.m. Monday, December 21, 2009.

There are many stories of sacrifice, teamwork, generosity, charity and decency during this storm.

On Monday night hundreds of residents received groceries at Christ the Redeemer courtesy of LINK volunteers and your food donations.

There are grinches around too. Please report them.

Today, Wednesday, one resident who blocked Maple Avenue by pushing snow onto the road. I asked for help and this resident was visited by deputies to correct the blocking of one entire lane of Maple Avenue. Please report any "grinches" who impede the progress of all of us by their actions.

Please look for fire hydrants to be uncovered and try to clear the drainage so that snow melting can "flow" to the drain when it warms. Try to clear mailboxes to make it easier for the mailman as they have their own requirements.

Again, there is lots more to do. This is just a short Merry Christmas Update and Seasons Greetings field report.


>>>> DELGAUDIO BIRTHDAY PARTY JANUARY 7 2010

I will be 55 years old on Jan. 7 and 2010 will mark my tenth year as your Sterling Supervisor.

Do you want another four years (Supervisor Terms are 4 years) of "Hon. Eugene Delgaudio"? If the answer is yes, read on.

On January 7, 2010 you are invited to Glory Days Grill in Sterling on Dranesville Road at 6:30 p.m. to share some birthday cake and hear a special announcement regarding my future plans. RESERVE today by emailing me "Yes I will attend your 55th Birthday Party For Re-election". Thank you.

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