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City pays more than twice the regular amount for snow removal in 2009-2010

City workers on Monday, December 28, 2009, add to a pile of snow removed from Lawrence's streets.

City workers on Monday, December 28, 2009, add to a pile of snow removed from Lawrence's streets.

April 23, 2010


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.

Snow removal cost city $700,000

This year's heavy snowfall was hard on the city budget. The city's plows removed 42 inches of snow this winter. Enlarge video


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.


Danimal 8 years, 1 month ago


Inches of snow last winter in Lawrence.


Inches of snow the previous winter."

I think that pretty much sums it up.

budwhysir 8 years, 1 month ago

Lawrence residents expect to pay twice as much in taxes this year. Roads are in need of twice as much repair

hooligan01 8 years, 1 month ago

But if we compare the snow totals to cost, then it either should have cost us 4x what it did two years ago, or else we got really screwed over two years ago.

cowboy 8 years, 1 month ago

Most of the farmers I talk to thought this was going to be a bad winter , maybe the budget process should include speaking to someone outside city hall . Note the last line in the Farmers Almanac forecast posted below.

Farmer Almanac Winter Forecast

"According to the 2010 Farmers’ Almanac, this winter will see more days of shivery conditions: a winter during which temperatures will average below normal for about three-quarters of the nation.

A large area of numbingly cold temperatures will predominate from roughly east of the Continental Divide to west of the Appalachians (see map). The coldest temperatures will be over the northern Great Lakes and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. But acting almost like the bread of a sandwich, to this swath of unseasonable cold will be two regions with temperatures that will average closer to normal—theWest Coast and the East Coast.

What about snow/rain/ice?

Near-normal amounts of precipitation are expected over the eastern third of the country, as well as over the Pacific Northwest and Northern Plains, while drier-than-normal conditions are forecast to occur over the Southwest and the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes.

Only the Central and Southern Plains are expected to receive above-average amounts of precipitation.

Jaylee 8 years, 1 month ago

yet somehow in a van, I still managed to get stuck on 6th St. of all places on two different snowstorms.

one storm, i needed groceries and another I was taking a friend to town before taking my daughter to KC. both ended up taking hours longer than anticipated and I ripped a pair of new boots kicking myself out.

gccs14r 8 years, 1 month ago

Then you had inadequate equipment, improper technique, or both. I drove wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted, in a Camry. That includes during the Christmas Eve storm, when I gave a ride to a family who got stuck on our street and couldn't get any of their friends to come pick them up.

nut_case 8 years, 1 month ago

LOL - feds want to tax the air we breathe to fight global warming and city needs to raise taxes to pay for extra snow and ice removal.

tomatogrower 8 years, 1 month ago

Well, if you don't drive, I guess you have a complaint, but would you rather they didn't clear the streets? You're probably the first to complain about road conditions, but don't make me pay for it. Are you willing to go out and shovel for free?

geekyhost 8 years, 1 month ago

No, he/she is trying to argue that because it snowed a lot global warming must therefore be a myth. Because massive, sudden changes in weather patterns point to everything being all hunky dory with the climate.

ObiWan 8 years, 1 month ago

Probably didn't help that the worst of it happened over christmas eve and christmas. I would assume the workers get paid more for holidays. At least I would hope they do.

nut_case 8 years, 1 month ago

"Less government! Cut out the pork and stop trying to regulate every moment of our lives, then there will be plenty of money for basic government services we do need."

  • There, I fixed it for ya.

geekyhost 8 years, 1 month ago

Yes. I'm sure the neighbor who needed the ambulance down the road from me would totally appreciate being told the roads shouldn't be cleared to get him to the hospital. As it was, the EMTs had to run half a block on foot to reach him because only the main roads had been cleared at that point.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 1 month ago

In other global warming news: "The 40-year-old from Perth planned to be the first Australian to trek unassisted to the North Pole, but announced he'd raise some consciousness along the way.

As he wrote on his website: "Part of the reason Tom's One Man Epic is taking place now is because of the effect that global warming is having on the polar ice caps."

Indeed, he wanted to see the North Pole while it was still there: "Some scientists have even estimated that the polar ice cap will have entirely melted away by 2014!"

But Antarctica isn't melting away, and Arctic ice has slowly increased since its big low in 1997.

But no one seems to have told Tom, who soon found his extremities freezing.

Two weeks ago he nearly called off his trek after suffering excruciating pain in his fingers and thumbs, forcing him to call in emergency help.

And last week he had to be rescued by Canadian soldiers after falling through the ice sheet....

Last year it was British eco-explorer Pen Hadow and his two-person team who had to be flown out mid-stunt, after battling brutal sub-zero weather conditions that gave the team's photographer frostbite.

The year before, eco-adventurer Lewis Gordon Pugh was similarly thwarted.

He'd planned to kayak 1200km to the North Pole to raise awareness of how global warming had allegedly melted the ice sheet so badly that scientists warned the North Pole that summer could be ice-free.

No such luck. Pugh had to pull out, still 1000km from the finish, when a great barrier of sea ice blocked his route.

The year before gave even more farcical entertainment.

"Explorers and educators" Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen said they were off on what reporters described as "a historic 75-day expedition to the North Pole and beyond to raise awareness of global warming's impact on the fragile Arctic".

It turned out that what was fragile was not the Arctic but the alarmists, who had to call off their big trip not long after it started, when Arnesen suffered frostbite in three of her toes, and extreme cold drained their batteries.

Explained a spokesman: "They were experiencing temperatures that weren't expected with global warming.""

Jaylee 8 years, 1 month ago

I automatically assume that anyone stating Arctic ice is increasing has no idea what they're talking about. The article you speak of was nothing more than a rant from someone like me or yourself (not a scientific journal-- or even a quote from one-- of any kind), only they live in Australia.

Your article proved nothing more than an Australian can't reach the North Pole on his own without potential frostbite. Duh.

Chris Phillips 8 years, 1 month ago

City pays more than twice the regular amount for snow removal...we recieve 4 times as much snow...we see 8 times as many complaints about the job the city is doing and 16 times a many complaints that sidewalks are not cleared....when will it end?

yankeevet 8 years, 1 month ago

I thought that Kansas snow looked awful expensive....

2shtz4u 8 years, 1 month ago

The City made money off people who didn't shovel there sidewalks,So for the money they spent for a bad winter they did make some back.I heard the fines was outrages.It's so stupid and idiotic that the City charges for that.Anyway they did make some there money back!

MattressMan 8 years, 1 month ago

Article is somewhat misleading, the city's fiscal year is Jan1-Dec31 so the expenses are actually in 2 different years.

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