Area communities reveal costs of April snow storm cleanup

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While the snow from the April blizzard may be gone, the money it took to clear all that snow is still being counted.

Local 5 News is finding out just how much money was spent to get rid of that snow.

“Did our budget take a hit? Yeah, but those things happen we continue to keep an eye on things,” says Steve Grenier with Green Bay public works.

A week and a half after the April storm clean-up that’s exactly what green bay public works had to do to get rid of 25 inches of snow.

Green Bay spent $625,000 on cleanup, about 35 percent of the overall city budget.

“I don’t necessarily have my operating budget broken down into pothole patching, road maintenance, snow management, those kind of things,” says Grenier. “We have a general overall budget for the year and we have the ability to move those dollars back and forth.”

Smaller areas like Shawano also took a hit, especially to its overtime budget.

The city spent $55,000 total but exhausted 80 percent of its overtime budget just for the April storm.

And Appleton spent $350,000 which is a quarter of its snow removal budget.

But with unpredictable northeast Wisconsin weather it’s hard to project how much you can spend on snow a year.

“It’s completely dependent year to year and storm to storm,” says Grenier. “Light, fluffy snow doesn’t require as much effort. That being said your wet snow in March is different then a heavy wet snow in December.”

Grenier says Green Bay’s overall yearly budget is about $17.6 million.
 

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