Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"Holiday" Snow Has Equivocal Budget Impact

Monday's snow pushed some street and highway departments closer to the end of their budgets for the season.  It depended on whether Monday was a holiday or not.

For instance, "We don't celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday," said Algonquin Streets Superintendent Al Mozola, so it was just a regular day with regular overtime there.

"It was supposed to be a holiday," said Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller, accenting "supposed".  Monday's snow meant holiday pay plus time and a half overtime there, just like Christmas.

"It snowed on Christmas and the next week if the rain had been snow that would have been bad," Miller said.  "We've had about 15 events (this season) but most of them have been like a quarter-inch. They've been more of a pain than a problem."

Miller said his "weather guy" figures the rest of the winter will be fairly dry.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

With all due respect Mr. Miller, weather people can rarely be trusted to be actuate. We hope your "guy" is correct for a change.