Record Snowfall; Costly Clean-up for City of Peoria
The near record-setting snowfall this winter has cost the City of Peoria nearly $2 million to clean up.
$1.9 million is what the Public Works Department says it's spent removing snow from the streets this winter. The costs cover 18 events, dating back to Dec. 8. Not surprisingly, the largest expenditures were for personnel and equipment, which cost about $1.4 million. The most expensive snowstorm came between Jan. 31 and Feb. 2, when the City spent more than $230,000 clearing the roads. The department reports overtime costs have increased by 261% over the prior two seasons.
A harsh winter may also mean the City may need to reevaluate its funding in the future. According to the Public Works report, the budget for salt was extremely reduced after the mild 2012 and 2013 seasons from $475,000 to a mere $1,000. The department says this extreme winter shows the need for funding levels to be restored.
The Peoria area has received 49.3 inches of snow this winter. That amount is the second highest on record, and nearly double the seasonal average.