Officials: About $5K Left In Fund After March Blast
Posted: March 16, 2013
By ALEX ROHR
HARRISONBURG — The city’s snow removal budget was stretched to its brink by the severe late-winter storm that pounded Virginia and dumped as much as 2 feet of snow across the Valley.
Harrisonburg spent $119,000 on snow removal in two days between March 5 and March 7, Mary Hope Vass, spokeswoman for the city, said. The total snow removal budget for the fiscal year is $245,000.
Before last week’s snowstorm, the city had spent about $120,000 of that budget, Vass said, leaving about $5,000 for another storm.
“The majority of it is manpower, the number of hours that employees worked,” she said. “There were crews out that entire time.”
The Harrisonburg Public Works Department fielded 57 workers over that period, working in mostly 12-hour shifts, she said.
But public works crews received reinforcements: 10 from city administration, 11 from utilities and 20 to 25 independent contractors. Parks and Recreation Department workers cleared park facilities.
The city was not the only entity piling up cost for pushing away snow.
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Staunton District spent $3.1 million — about $2 million of which went to contractors — between the evenings of March 4 and March 8,
according to Sandy Myers, district spokeswoman.
The district minds interstate, primary and secondary roads across 11 counties, including Rockingham, Shenandoah, Page and Augusta.
The district’s budget for the fiscal year is $10.4 million.
“I think we used it all up,” Myers said, although she didn’t have the totals at hand. “It’s probably going to be a little bit over.
“Technically, too, snow season isn’t over. It’s still possible in the latter part of March.”