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Holland's dwindling salt pile

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A relentless winter is taking a toll on at least one local road department.

WZZM 13 is learning that Holland is on pace to double the amount of salt used from last year and overtime costs are following suit.

On snow blowing days like Friday, it can be hard to see anything but white. However, Holland's Transportation Department is also monitoring green, or dollars lost, as the snow piles grow.

"This has been a very challenging winter," says Brian White, interim director of Holland Transportation Services.  The transportation department has already used 2,500 tons of salt this winter.

"Right now, we're on pace to use twice the amount of salt of what we typically use and have used in recent past," says White.

The road department says the snow events aren't just happening often this winter, but they are also happening at the wrong times and costing additional overtime.

"We've had a lot of snow events on the weekends and on holidays," says White.

Overtime costs have already totaled about $64,000.

"Our overtime situation is similar to our salt situation, we're pretty much at budget quantities right now," says White.

It has proven to be a winter that requires persistence from road crews and additional maintenance on their vehicles.

"There having to be maintained more than in previous years, so replacement parts and things like that we're going through more of that," says White.

Holland's Transportation Department will ask city council for an additional $35,000 for road salt. The amount would be higher, but the city still had some salt leftover from last year.

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