Mild Winter is Saving County Dollars

by Danielle Cotterman on January 25, 2012 at 5:55 am

This year’s fairly mild winter could be a savings for the county.

Muskingum County Engineer Doug Davis said snow removal crews have only been out four times this year, spending a total $115,000. He said this may seem like a lot, but keep in mind the material needed to fill one truck, costs nearly $26,000.

"Last year we had multiple, multiple events, it hit us early and it hit us hard," expressed Davis. "Last year we spent almost a million dollars on ice and snow."

Still, Davis said they can’t count on the savings yet. The hope is once spring arrives some of the road treatment material will still be untouched- meaning less to purchase for next year’s winter.

"It’s like money in the bank, it’s already here and it’ll be put away for the following year," said Davis. 

Meanwhile Davis said they are taking advantage of the weather, working on spring-time projects.