Snow Removal

A plow clears C Avenue in Kalona during a January snow storm.

It’s been a long, long winter.

Now as spring looks like it is arriving, local cities and school districts are tallying the cost of clearing streets, sidewalks and parking lots of snow.

Nearly everybody paid more than they expected to pay, both in manpower and materials like salt and sand.

Most cities don’t have a separate budget for public works employees to remove snow from streets. It is part of their job.

“We work on a ‘compensatory’ schedule, so we manage the employees’ time throughout the year as they can utilize that time for personal time off,” Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said.

His counterpart in Wellman, Kelly Litwiller, said the city follows a similar compensation plan for workers.

“The public works employees earned several hours in comp time and overtime during this period,” she said.

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