Zionsville Times Sentinel

February 5, 2014

Winter costs hammer area road departments

By Rod Rose and Sarah Lang For the Times Sentinel
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — An extra $50,000 for overtime pay that Boone County Highway Superintendent Rick Carney will ask the county council to approve at its Feb. 11 meeting may still be inadequate.

In January alone, the department has spent nearly $114,000 on snow removal, Carney told the Boone County Commissioners Monday, Feb. 3; of that, just over $54,000 was for overtime pay.

"I didn't send this through email because I wanted to see your response," Carney said to nervous laughter.

In the first three weeks of January, the department's 25 snowplow drivers worked the equivalent of nearly four months of overtime. Nearly 10.5 weeks of those hours were recorded in the two weeks of Jan. 5-10 and Jan. 20-26.

"My additional is probably not going to make it through the storm coming Tuesday and Wednesday," Carney warned the commissioners.

Commissioner Marc Applegate asked Carney the status of his budget.

Carney was "hoping that $50,000 will get me through the rest of this winter," he said, but "I don't have any choice but to keep them out, keep them running, keep paying them."

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.