The city of Zanesville is currently facing budget issues and concerned about departments’ overtime.
Public Service Director, Mike Sims, says that is causing problems within the street department because it racks up overtime during winter while fighting to keep the streets clear, but City Council approved an ordinance last Monday, asking all departments cut their overtime in half.
"The department is working a split shift type of scheduling. So, it will minimize the overtime to an extent. We’ll still have that time period from midnight to seven that we won’t be able to cover because we don’t have the ability to have three full crews out there, " says Sims.
Sims says the city is running low on its biggest resource to fight the snow too…at least until it can put in a new order for the beginning of this year.
"We’re a little low on salt right now as we speak. We have enough in the bin for one more good snow. If absolutely necessary, we may have to mix sand with the salt to make it go a little further, " says Sims.
The street department has a priority list when it comes to combating snow on the roads. It starts with the main roads before moving onto the secondary roads and side streets.
Sims just asks Zanesville residents to be patient and their road will eventually be treated or plowed.