City to tap overtime for snow removal

Monday, January 31, 2011 | 3:42 p.m. CST; updated 4:17 p.m. CST, Monday, January 31, 2011

COLUMBIA — City snow removal operations will be moving at full force Monday night through Tuesday. 

The city utilizes overtime efforts when a snow event produces more than 4 inches of snow at a time, said Jill Stedem, public information specialist for the Columbia Public Works Department.

“We are treating the streets 24/7 as needed, and with the impending snow our crews have been working through today and into tomorrow,” Stedem said on Monday afternoon. “They work in 12-hour shifts that switch over at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.”

The city is still within its salt budget for this year, Stedem said. The budget started with $355,000 at the beginning of the season. 

“Prior to last Wednesday we were at $250,000 spent on salt,” Stedem said. “If we do need more to finish out the winter, then we may have to take it from another budget, but that all depends on how hard the rest of the winter is.”

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