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Published January 04, 2010, 09:37 PM

Snow Doesn't Hurt East Grand Forks Budget

East Grand Forks is optimistic they'll be able to stay within budget even with all the snow fall.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

East Grand Forks is optimistic they'll be able to stay within budget even with all the snow fall.

East Grand Forks budgets for snow removal and even though its only the beginning of winter and we've already had record snowfall, City Administrator Scott Huizenga believes there won't be any problems.

Over two feet of snow fell over the holidays sending plows in East Grand Forks to the streets, but this is nothing new for this area, and even with all of the overtime and extra equipment that was needed, the city administrator is confident the 2010 budget will stay on track.

Scott Huizenga/East Grand Forks City Administrator: "Moving forward, as of now we're fine."

But that's not to say that there isn't some concern. Being that this is only the beginning of winter, Huizenga says that if there are a few more snowfalls of this caliber, the budget could take a hit..

Huizenga: "If we have three or four more like this we could run into some issues down the line."

The city has budgeted about 150-thousand for snow removal and each snowfall it costs the city around 20 to 30 thousand dollars to rent equipment, pay for fuel, and pay workers. When determining the budget the city tries to plan for a little over what is expected, just in case something huge would happen.

Huizenga: "You make your best guess and you hope you're close and I think we have enough wiggle room that this isolated incident in of itself shouldn't be that traumatic."

Huizenga says that even with the large amount of snow that hit the area last winter, they still came in under budget. And there's always the last resort if we get too many snowstorms.

Huizenga: "Worst case scenario if we were to draw from reserves, that's not the end of the world."

The plan for now, is to take it as it comes, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

The city probably won't know the impact this blizzard had on the budget until all snow has been removed.

Regardless of the outcome, Huizenga is confident the city won't go over budget.

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