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Ice storm uses big chunk of city snow-removal budget

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Indianapolis spent almost half its 2011 budget for snow removal—$3.4 million—to deal with last week’s ice and snow storms, the city announced Friday morning.

The preliminary figure includes spending on salt, equipment, labor and contract costs from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7, the city said. The storms left more than an inch of ice and nearly 4 inches of snow.

The city also said Friday that it has spent $5.4 million fighting winter weather since the beginning of the year, or about 75 percent of the $7.3 million it budgeted for snow removal in 2011.

In addition:

— City plow drivers worked more than 19,000 hours, all in 12-hour shifts, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7. Support staff worked more than 472 hours.

—  The city used more than 200 contractors from Feb. 2 to Feb. 6 for salting and plowing neighborhood streets, at a cost of $532,500.

—  More than 27,923 tons of salt were used on city roads and 67 school parking lots from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7 at a cost of more than $2 million.
 

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  • FYI
    I've posted a precise of this entry to the WTHR-13 and WISH-8 Facebook forums.

    Why don't the TV Consumer Advocates ever figure this type of stuff out?
  • $2M?
    If the simple math of 27,923 tons / $2M means Indy paid $72/ton.

    I know Chicago can probably negotiate an excellent deal because of larger needs, but if you look here:

    http://tinyurl.com/4cs9xjx

    > ââ?¬â?? More than 27,923 tons of salt
    > were used on city roads and 67
    > school parking lots from Jan. 31
    > to Feb. 7 at a cost of more than
    > $2 million.

    Chicago paid $60/ton.

    If Indianapolis were to negotiate a better deal, they might not approach the 17% discount which Chicago has/had, but ....

    The 17% discount would mean a savings of $324,620 (just) for that week.
    • Mother Nature call ahead
      Next time Mother Nature should call ahead to see what the Indiana Budget can bare for the year... Isn't that what the Rainy day fund is for when we have weather that is not in the budget.
    • Snow Force Indy - LOL
      I hope that the Contractors didn't fleece the city. I have heard, read and saw snippets that "every city street would be hit at least once..." Whoever was responsible for the neighborhoods around 25th Street and Post, didn't do anything. Streets like Constellation, Morningstar, Galaxy and so on had not been touched - they still are ice covered with dangerous ruts and many drivers had to get creative not to get stuck, 10 days later!
    • Glad they're realistic
      Just glad the government put in a reasonable number for this work. They'll make it with some room to spare.

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