Exceeded Snow Removal Budget For City Of Duluth

By KBJR News 1

March 19, 2013 Updated Mar 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - This season's snow fall is taking a toll on the city of Duluth's budget for snow removal...The city has exceeded the funds available for the clean up by $150K.

The city of Duluth allocates one million dollars to snow plowing and the salting and sanding of roads for each winter season.

A manager with the city's maintenance operations says the additional funds are coming out of next season's budget.

He says if the 2013–2014 winter season is warm, there will be little impact. But if next winter is similar to this one, other funding sources will be required.

"All the streets have been plowed and we are moving into the alleys. There may be an occasional street here or there that's been missed that would be the exception not the rule. Obviously our priority is the main thorough fair is our main priorities are the main thoroughfares that we spent all of yesterday working on," Kelly Fleissner, City of Duluth Maintenance Operations Manager, said.

"It's a struggle when the snow banks are so high between the sidewalks and the street. Customers can't get to the meters. It's just so slippery and sloppy," Jodi Elstad, Owner of Bord of Trade Hair Care, said.

Elstad says the excessive snow has her concerned about how safely her customers come and go from her salon.

Fleissner says by this evening, the plowing of residential areas in Duluth is scheduled to be completed.

Fleissner says by Wednesday, sidewalk work, primarily in the downtown and West Duluth areas will be started.

Justin Reis, NNC.
jreis@kbjr.com