Wausau homeowners had to shovel a new blanket of snow from driveways and sidewalks. For city street crews, it meant more snow to plow. After the roads are cleared, the crews will start to remove snow that builds up on narrow streets and curbs.
Large equipment is used to cut the snow and it is put in dump trucks to be taken to city snow dumps. One of the sites is behind the cemetery on Grand Avenue. Another is located on River Drive, on the lot that is home to the Farmers Market during the warm weather months.
Wausau Street Superintendent Don Skare says there's plenty of snow to keep the crews busy. Skare reports, "In December we had 10,000 cubic yards of snow picked up by our crews. In January, the amount tripled to $30,000, at a cost of $130,000 from our budget."
Skare says the winter snow removal budget totals $1.6 million.
While we have seen snow in recent weeks, Skare says it doesn't compare to what the city saw back in 1996 when his department had to hire outside help to get the snow removal done.
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