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Storm costs Bremerton $25K so far, more to come

A Bremerton snow plow pushes snow in the early hours of the Jan. 18 snowstorm that so far has cost the city $25,000. - Greg Skinner
A Bremerton snow plow pushes snow in the early hours of the Jan. 18 snowstorm that so far has cost the city $25,000.
— image credit: Greg Skinner

The City of Bremerton’s response to the Jan. 18 storm that laid 6 to 8 inches of snow throughout the city cost an estimated $25,000 for the first phase of work to clear or treat 142 miles of street.

Phase two is the cleanup of 3,500 tons of sand laid down during the storm and costs for that will be later totaled, according to Katy Allen, BRemerton public works director.

Allen said that crews were trying to work the sweep up operation into existing schedules and routes in an effort to be efficient.

The sweeping began on Jan. 23 and is expected to last through the end of the month. Allen said that residents can help themselves and the city by sweeping sand covering sidewalks into the street  for the machines to pick up.

The city’s 2012 budget included $15,000 for snow removal. The additional $10,000 in costs that are currently known and whatever additional costs from the clean up will come from the department’s supplies budget, Allen said.

 

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