Discussion continued at Monday's City Commission meeting about ongoing snow removal efforts around the city after a series of storms blanketed the region with well over a foot of snow.
Discussion continued Monday's City Commission meeting about ongoing snow removal efforts around the city after a series of storms blanketed the region with well over a foot of snow.
Ways and means supervisor Myron Asleson spoke before the commission, reporting that several downtown businesses continue to pile snow, hampering the city’s snow removal efforts.
“It’s nuts,” Asleson said. "If there were no piles downtown, we would have had it cleaned. It's a problem."
Asleson also estimated that city workers should have the initial cleanup finished by this coming Sunday or Monday.
"We're plugging along,” Asleson said. “I think we've got about half the town done."
One issue with snow removal is that the city has already gone over budget, as it spent $10,000 per day over five days. Only $40,000 was in the budget for snow removal.
“We went over budget in five days,” city administrator Terry Johnston said.
That prompted the commission to vote unanimously to move $25,000 from the city’s emergency fund, which has about $60,000 in it now, to the fund that covers snow removal costs.
The commission also discussed logging all information about snow removal cost in case the state declares an emergency, after which the city would be reimbursed for at least part of the cost of the snow removal efforts.
Mayor Richard Johnson also mentioned an issue with street corners, where snow is often piled to the point that those with mobility issues, among others, often find it impossible to cross streets. He encouraged residents not to pile snow on corners in order to help mitigate the issue.