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More Snow Means More Headaches for City Budgets
CHAMPAIGN-- This winter has hit local towns hard, whether it's been labor, resources, or the budget. The village of Mahomet ran out of road salt twice already this winter. Their allotment from the state ran out long ago, but their second supply of 80 tons was also gone. Friday they received another shipment of 25 tons from private suppliers, but it's costing quite a bit of money.
Another concern: overtime pay. The village employs 8 people to keep the streets safe; so far they've earned $30k in overtime pay. Director of Public Works Gary LaForge says, "Staff-wise the hardest thing was almost all of these events happened on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. So we've had staff that have been on essentially 7 days a week for the last two months."
LaForge says Mahomet's fiscal year runs through April, so there are areas in the city budget to look for funds that can be moved around. In Champaign city crews will be doing their best to prep for this weekend's snow ahead of time. Starting tomorrow night the city will be salting primary roads, bridges, overpasses, and sidewalks around city buildings.
Adam Rife reporting