By Nikita Stewart
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) could only laugh and look incredulous Thursday morning as the WRC-TV (Channel 4) anchors demanded to know when the gargantuan mounds of snow and ice would disappear from city streets.
"It's a kind of question--it doesn't make sense. Forgive me," Fenty said during his weekly segment "Connecting with the Mayor."
When it gets warm, the snow and ice will melt, Fenty explained. "There's only so much snow you can move." Later, he added, it's "going to take some cooperation from Mother Nature."
The mayor was pummeled with questions about poor trash collection from anchor Eun Yang, who said she lives on a narrow street in Mount Pleasant with three children and an unplowed alley, and is at a loss for what to do with the trash that is piling up.
Fenty appeared exasperated and seemed to make a little joke about the frequent news conferences the city has held to update residents on the progress with snow removal. So long as the alleys are impassable, he explained, trash should go in the front--in black plastic garbage bags. No need to extricate those snow-covered trash barrels from the alley.
"We have probably had 24 press conferences," he said, with details on alternate trash pickup offered at about 20 of them.
"You are a reporter at Channel 4," the mayor told Yang. He said he could not believe that she had not gleaned the vital information from these near-constant news briefings.
Yang then explained that she had indeed tried the bags-out-front method, but took the trash back inside when no garbage truck arrived for pickup. She was concerned about rats, she said.
Fenty apologized. "This is uncharted territory," the mayor said.
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