Daily Snowfalls Mean OT for County Budgets

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email
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"We're ready. We're ready for spring."

Scott Schatschneider is the Director of Public Works in Stevens Point. And like many of us he's had enough of the snow.

“We have crews out right now. We'll have our crews finish up at 8 p.m. and then we have a second crew coming in at 8 p.m. and then we'll have a snow picking crew coming in at 4 a.m.,” he explains of how the snow clearing process works.

Schatschneider and his crew are putting in a lot of time making sure at least some of the white stuff is out of sight after Monday's snowfall.

"We snow-blow it into the back of dump trucks, dump it and keep going. So its pretty intensive."

He says the three or four dumping sites around town still have plenty of room for whatever mother nature has in store, believe it or not. And while he's certainly welcoming warmer weather, he's also preparing for the big melt that will come with it when the mercury rises.

"Typically what will happen is the melt will occur slow enough, where we don't have flooding issues. And they're [snow piles] also in locations where it doesn't become an issue."

But what does the removal process mean for county budgets?

Nathan Check is the Commissioner for the Portage County Highway Department. He says always the department budgets in overtime for snow removal workers . And their supervisors always keep in mind - how long the drivers are on the roads

"Any given time, typically we've got 31 trucks on the road, plus another two or three as auxiliary or backup in case we need them,” explains check.

"Overtime will have a little hit on the budget. Last year, was another rough year as well, and 2012 was a lighter year, so, hopefully we'll get to some normalcy here and we'll balance out,” he said.

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