WDAY.com

WDAZ: Your Home Team

Published November 18, 2009, 10:10 PM

No Snow: Saving GF Money

Not having to plow snow is helping Grand Forks recoup money spent on preparing for this springs flood.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

The mild temperatures are helping pad some street department budgets. Not having to plow snow is helping Grand Forks recoup money spent on preparing for this springs flood.

Mark Aubol/Grand Forks Streets Superintendent. "Everyday we are not out, it saves us money."

Grand Forks Street Superintendent Mark Aubol says most years they would have already started their plowing and sanding. And 3 to 5 inches of snow costs the city about 7 thousand dollars in labor gas and equipment.

Mark Aubol/Grand Forks Streets Superintendent. "And it it ends up on a weekend can add another 1500 to overtime fees."

This is all money being saved from a budget that was depleted this spring because of work during the flood. Time not plowing streets means crews are freed up to finish up things like collecting leaves, putting up Christmas decorations, and clean out catch basins.

Mark Aubol/Grand Forks Streets Superintendent. "Our guys are extremely busy right now, we are trying to stay ahead of the game so we are not doing it while we are fighting snow at the same time."

When the snow does fall and the 600 miles of streets in Grand Forks have to be plowed, Aubol says they will be ready. His budget has been reimbursed enough to get by, and the new one starts with the new year. But for now Aubol and drivers alike will enjoy the fair weather streets.

Mark Aubol/Grand Forks Streets Superintendent. "When the snow comes here we dont have the temperatures to melt it off right away. Like some other communities, winters very long when we get it in November."

Tags: