Speaking of road conditions...
Some interesting information in the city's weekly activity report today. The first entry is about the city's snow clearing in December, and toward the bottom is a report on ongoing pothole repair efforts. Feel free to make your own road condition reports in the comment section below.
From the city of Champaign:
Snow and Ice Response – December 2010
December snowfall totals of 20.4 inches more than tripled the average of 6.5 inches, and the daily high temperatures of 29.5 degrees were about 7 degrees colder than normal. Precipitation occurred on 17 days during the month.
Despite the abundant snowfall, salt inventories are adequate at this time with 2,300 tons expected to be in storage by January 7. The salt requisition through the Illinois Joint Purchasing Program for this season was 3,700 tons, requiring a minimum delivery of 2,960 tons and allowing purchases up to 4,400 tons at the cost of $68.16 per ton. As of this date, the City has ordered 3,250 tons of salt with deliveries of 2,773 tons as of January 5. An order of 500 tons is due to be shipped starting January 6.
So far this year, approximately 4,500 gallons of liquid calcium chloride have been used on City streets. Additional materials will be ordered. The liquid calcium chloride cost is $.64 per gallon.
Total expenditures for deicing chemicals are currently $192,000 for materials delivered as of January 5. Some of this amount represents delivered salt that has not yet been invoiced. This year’s purchase order for the salt requisitioned was $259,000, sufficient to purchase 3,700 tons. The amount of the PO for the 2010/11 requisition was approved in March 2010 (CB 201-043). Due to purchasing requisition deadlines, this purchase was approved prior to the budget approval. The amount approved in the FY 2010/11 budget for deicing materials ($193,623) was less than the PO amount, and this line item is over budget by $65,554 as of January 5.
Other significant expenditures in the emergency response budget include personnel costs which were budgeted at $69,125; year-to-date personnel costs are $77,812, not including labor after December 20, 2010. The miscellaneous contractual expense line item which consists of weather forecasting services, sidewalk snow removal contracts, and other contractual services if needed, is budgeted at $25,000, with year-to-date expenses being $6,193.
Overall, as of January 5, this budget activity has a deficit of $68,821. The total approved budget amount is $312,703. Year-to-date expenditures are $212,332, with an additional encumbered amount of $160,551 used primarily for salt.
Also, regarding potholes:
Public Works Operations crews have been concentrating their efforts on potholes that have developed on City streets. Starting this past Wednesday, December 29, 2010, two pothole patchers and four maintenance workers have been proactively patching potholes along the main routes. They are also responding to an average of ten service requests per day. Since December 29, crews have filled over 653 potholes.
Crews have been able to respond to service requests within two business days. This response is expected to continue unless winter weather causes crews to return to snow and ice removal operations.