A Cold and Costly Winter in Montgomery County

MCDOT Plow snow reponseIt was cold and costly.

The total costs for snow removal operations this winter cost Montgomery County over $32 million, according to County Executive Isiah Leggett.

“During the winter of 2014-2015, Montgomery County experienced 27 snow/ice events with total accumulation of approximately 46.6 inches,” wrote Leggett in an April 24 memo to Council President George Leventhal. “While some of the events did not result in plowing, both county and contractual personnel were required to report and/or be on standby and equipment was ready and made available based on weather forecasts. The total cost associated with snow removal operations was $32,046,945, of which $8,628,344 was budgeted.”

Leggett is asking the Council to approve a supplemental appropriation in the amount of $16.2 million for the Department of Transportation and $8.5 million for the Department of General Services.

“This appropriation will fund snow removal and wind and rain storm clean up expenditures incurred during fiscal year 2015,” he said in the memo.

You can read the memo in its entirety, below.

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Sonya Burke

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