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Snowfall Creates Expensive Cleanup In Ingham County

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Ingham County Road crews say they were out in full force both Saturday and Sunday and expect most side streets to be cleared in the next few days.

"The full compliment of trucks today, we did get through all of our roads and put down another covering of salt," said Managing Director Bill Conklin for Ingham County.



"By noon, we had all 40 trucks out and had them out till 8:30 Saturday night."


Ingham County had to pay drivers double time for working the weekend. "It was an expensive event for us this past weekend. We used just under 1,500 tons of salt this snow, a little higher than we would like to use, but that's what we needed to do," Conklin said.

He added, "With folks out holiday shopping,needed to get salt throughout the storm to provide safety throughout the weekend."

But still, some streets have yet to be plowed. Homeowner Lee Garner lives on one of them. "Typically they do a good job on the major roads, our subdivision seems one the last to get cleared at times, as long as main roads are cleared, that's the main priority."

Conklin says if the heavy snowfall continues, increasing the use of salt would create a problem for next year, which they'd have to take out of spring clean up.

"We operate on a balanced budget, we don't go into deficit and we typically find ways to make things fit, it would impact our ability to purchase maintenance materials in the summer," Conklin said.

Conklin says last year, Ingham County had a mild winter and used about 85 percent of their $700,000 salt budget.

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