Council shores up depleted snow budget

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Marcia Nelesen
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

JANESVILLE--Another winter season is approaching, but the city already has spent most of the money budgeted for snow and ice removal.

Much of the snow removal money was spent between Jan. 1 and the end of the snow season last spring, but the city's snow removal budget has to last until Dec. 31.

The Janesville City Council opted Monday to keep the same level of snow removal services and shift from reserves about $292,674 public works staff expect to need through Dec. 31.

Snow is plowed for snowfalls of between 2 to 3 inches, depending on conditions.

The money would be returned to reserves if it is not needed.

The snow and ice removal budget assumes an average level of winter weather responses based on historical records, said John Whitcomb, operations director.

The use of salt was especially high before the end of the snow season last spring because of several instances of freezing rain followed by freezing temperatures, Whitcomb said.

Additional salt already has been purchased to restore the inventory.

Staff estimates year-end expenditures of $156,066 for snow and ice operations and an additional $137,608 to buy salt, or $292,674 more than budgeted. 

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