ANDERSON – The combination of a foot of snow and sub-zero temperatures the first full week of January has cost local taxing units almost $500,000 in an effort to keep the roads passable.
The city of Anderson spent approximately $370,000 on snow removal, mostly in the Street Department and Anderson Light & Power.
Anderson City Controller Jason Fenwick said a lot of the expense was for overtime.
“The overtime is not typically built into the budget,” he said. “Some of the budgets will be a little tighter. Light & Power and the Street Department took the hardest hit. We should make it through the rest of the year.”
Fenwick said the city submitted expenses to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for reimbursement of the costs for the first 48 hours of the storm.
Brad Land, commissioner of the Anderson Street Department, said the city went through 900 tons of salt the week of Jan. 6 and an additional 150 tons this past week. The city spent approximately $64,000 on salt.
“We have more salt ordered,” he said. “We’re just waiting on the delivery.”
Land said Street Department employees worked 356 hours of overtime.
Employees with the Madison County Highway Department worked almost 1,500 hours of overtime during the snowstorm that struck the area the week of Jan. 6.
Dan Dykes, administrator for Madison County, said employees submitted 793 hours of overtime and requested 693 hours of compensatory time as a result of the storm.
Highway department employees worked in 12-hour shifts for much of the week in an effort to keep county roads passable.
Commissioner John Richwine said the overtime cost the county approximately $19,000 and the county paid $40,000 to private contractors to assist with snow removal.
Richwine said Tuesday during the Madison County Council meeting that the contractors were hired to push the snow back at road intersections in an attempt for schools to open on Thursday and Friday. All the local school systems decided to close those two days.