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Snow removal: It needs to go somewhere

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KRONENWETTER (WAOW) -  All this snow takes up a lot of space, and that space is getting more and more scarce. It poses a big challenge for those tasked with finding a place to put it.

"We haven't really had much of a break. It seems like every other day the snowfall's been coming," said Aric Voight, co-owner of Wausau Snow Removal.

This winter is almost record-breaking, and it's causing some problems.

"We haven't had a January thaw. The snow's piling up unlike it usually does in most years," Voight said.

The Kronenwetter Public Works Department is a little behind on the snowfall.

"We have one truck down so the normal practice of our community seeing things cleaned up is going to be a little less," said Duane Gau, the Village's Director of Public Works.

All the snow has to go somewhere, and it's a big effort between public workers and private companies.

"A lot of our snow stays right in people's yards. We don't have to haul any of it away, but otherwise we have haul sites," said Voight, a private snow remover. 

Kronenwetter does it differently.

"We don't remove it. We push it back a lot in our community. Some communities push it inside and below the way, but we actually push it back into the right of way," Gau said.

The goal of the Kronenwetter Public Works Department is simple. According to Gau, they try to get the intersections opened up for some pavement and have good stopping distances.

But space to put all the snow is running out.

"This year we actually had to do driveways because it was getting so high," said Gau.

Companies like Voight's are seeing the same issues.

"A lot of the [haul] sites are starting to get filled up. We've had to push a lot of it back. Normally we just push it in piles and wait until Spring for it to melt," he said.

Heating the snow doesn't appear to be an answer because it requires an added cost that people don't want to spend, Voight says.

So at least for this extra snowy year, business as usual will have to suffice.
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