By Evan Brown
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Due to the record amount of snow this year, many students at Camden County College have felt parking has become more difficult while others say the snow has had no effect on the parking situation.
Many students drive to Camden County College for class and this semester has proven to be more difficult on some students to find parking spots. Many students feel public safety’s efforts at removing the snow could have been better.
Catherine Baer, a student at Camden County College, recalled when she arrived at school on March 4, plows were plowing the snow while the students were coming in. She said she felt the school should have started the snow removal process the day earlier when the school was closed. Baer described the parking situation as “a free for all, students just parked wherever they could because you couldn’t see the lines. It took me 15 minutes to get a spot.”
Some had no complaints with public safety’s efforts. Student Ryan Molas said he saw no difference in the condition of the parking lot. He said “the parking lot was pretty well removed and I found it was easy to navigate it.”
According to the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist, the snow total for Camden County this winter was 88 inches, which calculates to 7.3 feet of snow.
Edward Carney, executive director of public safety and facilities at Camden County College, responded to the complaints by saying due to the extremely low inventory of salt, the campus was prohibited from salting as often as they would have liked. He said plow crews were working on the evening and night of the last school closing, March 3, but the salting process couldn’t be done until the storm had ended. Carney mentioned due to the situation, the plowing “left about a one-inch layer of snow on many of the lots after the salt was applied.”
He went on to say “it took a few hours of melting before the lots could be scraped down to asphalt; hence, students were restricted from some lots during the early morning hours until the lots were safe to park on.”
Carney stated during the snowy winter months, public safety’s top focus is on providing the safest campus possible.