The snow shoveling is done, but Lawrence City Hall leaders are still trying to dig out from the unexpected expense that came with clearing the city’s streets of snow.
A new report from City Hall found the city’s snow-removal costs last winter were the highest in recent memory. Here’s a look.
City spending for staffing, material and equipment on snow removal in the 2009-2010 winter.
City spending for snow removal the previous year.
Snowstorms in 2009-2010
Snowstorms the previous winter.
Inches of snow last winter in Lawrence.
Inches of snow the previous winter.
Tons of road salt used last winter.
Tons of road salt used during an average winter.
Hours that city street crews worked removing snow and ice.
“My quote on streets is that they don’t fix themselves.”
— City Manager David Corliss, on why he’ll recommend that the City Commission not cut its street maintenance budget to make up for the higher than expected snow-removal costs.