A mild winter saves city thousands of dollars


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Updated: 2/12/2013 10:21 am Published: 2/11/2013 9:29 pm


Lately, there’s been plenty of sunshine, but very little snow.

However, our winter has been peppered with dropping temperatures, which leaves little need for salt. 

“We started out the season with 14,500 tons of salt on hand, and we've probably only used a couple of tons," said City Spokesman, Bob Bledsoe. “If salt is $20 a ton and you have 5,000 tons left over you save money."

“That's because street crews aren't punching the clock after hours to clear snow or ice.

Even so, that doesn't leave behind a slush fund. 

Since money has already been spent on resources the city can't send back salt. Instead, the cash goes into a general fund, and city councilors help decide what's next.

"I want to make sure that money is used appropriately,” said City Councilor, Jeannie Cue.

Cue has an idea of how the money should be spent.

"We've had a few say 'get out of the street,” said Randale and Tamara Simmons.

They do the best they can to guide each other, but neither one of them can see. For the most part, drivers could care less.

"You can tell they're impatient. They'll honk they want you to move," said Randale.

They have sidewalks right outside their house, but once they venture farther they're on their own...

"If we had a sidewalk down one side it would be enough," said Randale.

It makes it pretty tough, since they have to walk to the grocery store. They don't mind it in this weather. They just hope it keeps up long enough to bring change to their neighborhood.


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Unwashed Mass - 2/12/2013 12:13 AM
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Any money saved by less snow will likely be offset by fighting the raging wildfires this summer.

dawnstar - 2/11/2013 9:46 PM
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Is this 2 different stories from beginning to middle? Cannot see how this goes with the story? {We've had a few say 'get out of the street,” said Randale and Tamara Simmons. They do the best they can to guide each other, but neither one of them can see. For the most part, drivers could care less. "You can tell they're impatient. They'll honk they want you to move," said Randale. They have sidewalks right outside their house, but once they venture farther they're on their own...
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