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Grand Rapids over winter budget

10:52 PM, Jan 28, 2014   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Road crews in West Michigan have been working non-stop clearing snow for the past six weeks, but it's taking a toll on residents, city workers, and now budgets.

"With the way the plows have been coming through, it's made it difficult. But, I'm glad they're coming through. The streets are clear," said Will Spaulding, who lives on a narrow street, Escott NW.

"Every single day I snow-blow my mom's, mine, and my parents'. They can't shovel this", said resident Joe Kreuyer.

It's a frustrating situation for everyone who owns a home or business. City workers are also tired of the snow. "For six weeks, they've been working 12 hours on, 12 hours off", says Victor Rose, Public Services Manager for Grand Rapids. He says they are now over their winter budget. "We're at a seasonal limit for salt, anything from here on, will be outside the budget."

Since the city is already over, the costs will have to come out of the spring budget.

In December of the 2012-2013 season, major roads did not have to be plowed at all. In December 2013, major roads were plowed 16 times.

Despite it all, the city of Grand Rapids thinks its streets are looking pretty good, considering all the snow. If you have a complaint about your street, they want you to let them know. You can log a complaint online, call, or use the 311 app.

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