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Snow removal money melting away

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Nasty winter weather has cities across Iowa looking at their snow removal budgets; many are already around halfway through the money.

That's where cedar rapids stands.. nearly half way through the salt. Also, public works is expecting to spend about $200,000 just in overtime pay.

Iowa City has gone through 40% of its supply. Cedar Falls is optimistic about getting through the season on budget and is well below its allotted salt amount.

In Dubuque, public works has already gone through about half of its $1.2 million budget for snow and ice removal this year, and there's no telling how much higher the winter spending will climb.

Last week's storm was a weeklong job for Dubuque crews, costing the city of Dubuque around $175,000. That high number is partially because of holiday pay for crews out on Christmas Eve and Day. That figure could go up with truck repairs factored in.

"A lot of time consumed, a lot of materials consumed with the type of precipitation we ended up with the issues of the sleet and snow events," Street and Sewer Maintenance Supervisor John Klostermann said.

The costs from last week's storm aren't over yet.

"Because of three or four days of rain and then the snow melt, we have a lot of runoff right now, and it's starting to freeze on intersections, so we're actively out removing ice from those intersections," Klostermann said.

Another big pile of money went to the two days in early December when ten inches of snow fell. The total cost there: Around $100,000.

All said so far, Dubuque's roughly halfway through the snow and ice budget For now it's just waiting to see what falls out of the sky to see where the winter budget lands.

"I think we're a little bit over where we'd like to be at this time, but still within budget parameters if we get a little break down the road here," Klostermann said.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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