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Published January 03, 2011, 09:01 PM

Devils Lake Over Budget for Snow Removal

The Devils Lake City Commission talked about its snow removal budget Monday night, and things aren't looking too good. Without a surplus from another department, the snow removal budget would have been more than $25,000 over budget.

The Devils Lake City Commission talked about its snow removal budget Monday night, and things aren't looking too good.

Without the surplus from another department, the snow removal budget would have been more than $25,000 over budget. This year, they've increased the budget by $5,000 which puts it at $30,000. But after a request made at the Monday night meeting by the Public Ways department, there could be trouble.

"Our foreman asked for more money to haul more snow out and get it out of the city. So for the next snowfall, we have some storage available and that makes sense, but it's expensive," Mayor Dick Johnson said.

"It costs about $500 a day per truck when we rent them, so it is a great expense to do that," Public Ways Supervisor Myron Asleson said.

$500 a day with three trucks is $7,500 a week. Asleson wants to use the trucks for more than just a week and when looking at the $30,000 budget for the year, he's afraid he could use up almost a third with just this one project.

"There's some problem areas in town that there's actually only one lane through and both sides are 5-6 feet high. We have to get those areas taken care of before we get the next snowfall," Asleson said.

The commission voted to allow Asleson to hire two trucks for next week and report back on how things go.

"It's expensive, but with the increase in the motor distribution tax, we're hoping we're able to balance the budget and we just have to do it. We have to have good, accessible routes though the community," Mayor Johnson said.

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