Wednesday's Sheridan City Council budget work session dealt with a portion of the City's Public Works Department. Streets, snow removal, Parks and the Cemetery were the focus of the work session, as City Public Works Director Nic Bateson pointed out that it's been a busy year for the street maintenance crews.
41% of the Public Works budget is made up of streets, with Public Works accounting for 40% of the City's general fund budget. Bateson stated that in the past two years, the street, snow, parks and cemetery have reduced their budgets by approximately 25%.
Bateson also stated that the street department maintains 125 miles of streets within the City annually, and that the snow removal crews applied over 600 tons of ice slicer this past winter, which was a 15% increase from the previous winter.