Johnson County's Commissioners heard a brief report from County Road and Bridge Supervisor Scott Pehringer on how his department was keeping up with snow plowing and removal and other road maintenance with the higher snow amounts so far this winter.
Pehringer said so far this winter, his department has spent roughly $204,000 on snow plowing this winter, as opposed to about $132,000 spent last year.
He has also burned through 51% of his budgeted overtime so far this year, which includes snow plowing and dust abatement both in a typical year.
Total hours to date last year were 1,085 of which 154 were overtime. So far this year, the department has worked 1,658 hours, of which 236 are overtime.
The county has used 850-900 tons of salt/sand this winter as opposed to 400 tons last year.
He offered an explanation as to why road maintenance has been more costly to the county this winter than in recent years.
The costs, he said, include four plow trucks operating in Buffalo and one in Kaycee. Priority/school bus routes are the first plowed, then on to mail routes and on down the priority list.