UPDATED: Leggett Says Montgomery Institutes Snow Plan (VIDEO)
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said the county had begun to institute its snow-removal plan as the region braces for a big nor’easter heading toward the mid-Atlantic.
“Unfortunately over the last few years I now know more about snow removal than I ever wanted to know in my lifetime,” Leggett said Monday morning.
In January 2016, the county was hit with a big storm that closed schools for days. The county needed several days to get a plow on every street.
At his weekly meeting with reporters, Council President Roger Berliner said the county’s storm operations center would be activated at 4 p.m.
The county has 175 pieces of equipment to move snow, as well as 200 more pieces of equipment from contractors, Berliner said. Plows will hit county roadways once accumulation reaches 3 inches, Berliner said.
“We have impressed on our Department of Transportation to get to neighborhoods as soon as possible as opposed to getting to bare pavement on our major roads first,” Berliner said.
Leggett is about to release his fiscal 2018 budget, and with little snow this winter, the county snow budget would seem flush with cash.
“Given the type of challenges we have in our budget, we look very carefully at the snow budget and made some preliminary decisions about how to utilize the money,” Leggett said. “It’s not extra money. It is simply money in one category or the other. I would love to use the resources in our snow budget for other things.”
“If we have to utilize (the money) for snow, we will move the snow,” he said.