Archive for Thursday, January 4, 2001

City weathers bad weather

January 4, 2001

With the recent snow, road crews have spent their share of time on the streets to make sure drivers are safe from icy conditions.

But in order to insure that roads are not hazardous, the city of Basehor has been forced to spend more than planned.

Originally, the 2000 city budget called for a $5,000 allowance for salt and sand, but Basehor Mayor John Pfannenstiel said because of the recent weather, the city has spent nearly $7,500 in labor and supplies.

Before the December snowfall, the city spent $3,800 in snow and ice removal.

"Certainly we have spent more money than anticipated because of the storm," Pfannenstiel said.

"I've noticed a lot of other cities, because of mild winters in the past, have cut back on their salt and sand budget. "One of the good things is that we have bought snow removal equipment and we've done all our removal in-house, saving us a lot of cost."

Earlier this year, the city purchased two trucks and a snowplow, leaving only the salt and sanding roadwork to contractors. Hiring contractors normally would cost the city $75 per hour per truck for the removal.

Pfannenstiel noted that the city is moving toward handling the salt and sand portion in-house next year as well.

Should the trend of mild winters return next year, the 2001 budget will welcome the relief as only $5,000 was allotted for snow and ice removal in 2001 as well.

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