Storm Costs Soar

Storm Costs Soar

The Johnson County Commissioners, at their regular Tuesday meeting, heard a report from County Road and Bridge Supervisor Scott Pehringer on the costs associated with last weekend's snowstorm.

Over three days of plowing, cleanup and pulling stuck vehicles from snow banks, the county used 327.5 man-hours, 121 regular hours and 206.5 of overtime hours.

Forty-three man-hours were spent on Hazelton Road alone, at a cost of $4,000 according to Pehringer. Ten and a half man hours were spent on the SLIP Road, costing $1,400, he said.

Road and Bridge is responsible for clearing all roads in the county. There are twice as many gravel roads than paved roads, but mileage-wise the ratio is 4-1 gravel over pavement, or 450 miles of gravel roads to 100 miles of pavement.

Pehringer was asked if his employees were getting comp time or overtime with the storm.

He explained why they were getting overtime.

The total cost to the county for the storm was $35,457 in fuel, equipment costs and man power.

On a related note, Pehringer also told the commissioners he has pulled his equipment from the area of Hazelton Road, and his crews have shut down their operations there for the winter. They will resume plowing and maintenance in the spring.

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