Snowfalls mean extra overtime costs for Danville
DANVILLE - Danville city officials may be seeing dollar signs rather than flakes when snow falls.
Even before the latest snowfall this weekend, Danville public works officials were seeking additional city dollars to cover overtime for employees who drive the snowplow trucks and other equipment that clear city streets and parking lots.
At Tuesday's city council meeting, city administration is asking for an additional $75,000 from the city's general fund to not only cover unanticipated overtime that has already been wracked up this winter during two major snowfalls in December and earlier this month, but any additional winter accumulation that may occur the rest of this new year, according to Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.
Whether that amount of money will be enough, depends how much more snow and ice the city gets the rest of this year, according to Eisenhauer.
Bob Scott, the city's service and operations manager, said prior to this weekend's snowfall, the city was only six inches away from its record snowfall for January, which was 23 inches in 1979.
"I really don't want to make that record," said Scott, who has had to order more salt already this year to replenish the city's supply, which was actually in good shape heading into this winter, because it included salt that was left over from last year's mild winter.
Scott said the city had about 1,200 tons of salt on hand heading into this winter but ordered another 600 tons recently to replenish the supply. He said they hadn't depleted that original 1,200 tons to nothing, but decided it was time to replenish.
Scott said the city had the capability to order more now and decided to go ahead and keep it as full as possible not knowing how salt deliveries or snowfall would play out the rest of this winter.
"It just depends how long this winter is going to last," said Scott, who remembers that the heavier snowfall winters in the late 1970s. That's when the January record was set and some of those years included snowfall or ice events in March and even April.
He's hoping that is not the case this year. Scott said the goal is to just make sure the supplies are stocked for an extended period, if needed.
"So far so good," he said.