FOREST CITY | Forest City streets are full of snow and the there's no more room to put it.
During the March 4 meeting of the Forest City City Council, Streets and Sanitation Superintendent Mike O’Rourke caught the council up on what was happening with the streets regarding snowplowing.
“I guess my report is starting to get a little redundant: yes, it snowed every day, some days it snowed harder than others,” O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke especially wanted to thank his crew, Electric Department Manager Duane Kuhn, for sharing some of his crew to clear the snow, and Zach Olson, who spent the night to help clear the snow in the morning.
“We had a real mess on the 24th, as everyone’s probably fully aware,” he said. “You know, I could tell you snow plow stories about that for a long time but probably the most story to tell about is the appreciation I have for my crew was able to make it into work and the work they did to get the job done.”
O’Rourke said there were a minimal amount of repairs and everything was back up and fixed.
“I know the council has spent a considerable amount of money on equipment in the last three years for the street department, and without their commitment to the equipment we have we wouldn’t be able to do the job we do,” he said.
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With the possibility of another severe snowstorm the weekend of March 8, O’Rourke said the streets would narrow up with all the snow.
“We’re about full,” he said. “I don’t know where I’m going to put it. But we’ll deal with it as it comes.”
The snow removal crew is tired from all the snowplowing every day for the past month, including working on the holiday President’s Day and a couple of Sundays, adding overtime hours easily, according to O’Rourke.
“They’re like normal human beings,” he said. “They’ve strung together the last 30, 35 days without a day off, a lot of hours put in…We probably averaged in a two-week pay period in the neighborhood of 40 to 45 hours of overtime.”
In terms of budget, he said they need to make more sand, having already gone through around 600 tons of sand and 350 tons of salt in addition to the fuel used for the snowplows.
“I don’t think we’re over budget yet, but we’re pushing on it a little bit,” O’Rourke said.