A pal of mine used to be exasperated when he heard comments like yours. As a fairly high powered manager, his responsibilities included snow clearing operations for several counties in Southern England.
His argument was that keep roads open with the little amount of snow that fell in his area would be simplicity itself. All that was needed was to buy lots more snow clearing equipment. Employ and train lots more people to operate it.
His existing bin men, bus drivers, road sweepers, van drivers, drain clearers, lorry drivers, in fact all his existing driver employees, and all his employees who drive to work, or get driven to work, can't get to work, or do their work, if the roads aren't cleared!
So why does he need to employ lots more people and train them to clear snow to let his existing employees get to work when his existing employees are unable to start work untill the roads are cleared?
As for buying lots more equipment: all he needs to do is buy some clip on snow blades and gritter units for his existing trucks!]
Set up a standby roster system and pay all those operators on standby.
[Only when there's a chance of snow.
And how many does he need?
Even if he pays them double time to be on call doing nothing: how does that compare with paying all his staff single time to be at home doing nothing?
Never mind the cost of the whole region's workforce taking the day off!?]
He regularly 'wrote down' in value millions of pounds in value of snow clearing equipment that never left the depots from one year to the next.
[So why does he need to buy more when he already has it?]
He would have loved to set up this operation but the cost to the Rate Payers(council tax) would have been huge.
[I thought he already had it]
Unsurprisingly (and correctly) the Councils decided that it was simply not cost effective.
WTF is he drivelling on about.
They're not going to do it, but they've done it?
They aren't going to have a snow clearing operation, but they've got a high powered snow clearing manager, and millions of pounds in value of snow clearing equipment?!
Oh, but they're worried that the cost to the Rate Payers(council tax) would have been huge and decided that it was simply not cost effective.
What about the cost to the Rate Payers of their unCivil nonServants sitting at home.
Never mind the cost of shutting down the area until summer?!]
[If this is the standard of high powered council managers is it any wonder we pay more and more tax for less and less service]
And if this is the standard of debate on "motoring" forums, is it any wonder that the only place cars are being driven is off the road!?]