BUTTE – It has been a busy year for Butte’s snow removal crews, working long hours to keep the roads clear of snow and ice.
Butte’s Public Works Department reports this winter it spent about $150,000 more than last winter on de-icer in its snow removal operation between October and March. In that same time, the city has had about 1,650 hours of overtime just for snow removal.
Though it appears winter weather is not going away anytime soon, the city is confident in its snow removal budget and supplies.
“We budget for a bad year. Now, some years when we don’t have to use all the budget, we’re very grateful, but we tend to budget so on a year like this we do have the funds we need to buy the de-icer, to pay for the overtime to pick up the snow,” said Public Works Director Dave Schultz.
Despite the busy snow season, Butte is still about an inch below the average precipitation this time of year.