City Spends Nearly Half Million Clearing Streets During Storms

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

All week long, city crews worked long hours trying to keep the roads clear.

It was a difficult. and expensive task. The public works department shelled out nearly half a million dollar clearing off the streets all week long.

Battling the blizzards cost the city's Public Works and Utilities department just over $400,000. That includes materials, equipment and overtime. It also puts the department over budget. The deputy director tells us they will make adjustments to keep city streets safe for drivers, year round.

"We set a budget really to have a marker to make sure we have a place to place those charges and then we true up the budget afterward, because we don't stop based on running out of budget as you would for a lot of operations,” Deputy Director for the city's Public Works and Utilities department said.

Drivers we spoke with gave the public works department their seal of approval and said the city's main streets stayed as clear as possible during the storms.

"I think they did a pretty good job on that end,” Tony Poell said.

“I think with all the budget cuts, I think they did a really good job,” Andrea Johnson said.

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