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Calculating the Cost of Winter

MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- Just two months into winter and it's already been a brutal one.

Between the snowstorms and bitter cold, plow truck and salt crews have been out nearly non-stop.

With the snow falling on the roads, snow drifting on the roads, and snow just plain sticking to them, road crews have been busy.

"It's more than normal yeah, quite a bit more, particularly for January," said Paul Gruner, Montgomery County Engineer.

In fact, since the beginning of December when the snowstorms started to roll in, Montgomery County road crews have worked 4,000 hours of overtime.

"If you want to be able to travel the roads and get to schools and businesses and what have you, you're gonna have to pay them," said Glen Miracle.

And paying they are, a whopping $120,000 in just overtime pay.

"We may exceed overtime budget for the year but we think our overall personnel budget will be OK for the year," said Gruner.

The county isn't alone.

Crews clearing the way for drivers in the City of Dayton have worked more than 7,000 overtime hours, costing $265,000.

"We all want to be paid for what we do.  This is not the best working environment to be out in zero weather, so yes I believe they deserve to get paid and get paid well," said Miracle.

But if Mother Nature keeps her wintry course, we could all pay for it down the road.

"There may be pavements at the end of the year that may not be what people are used to seeing, we'll keep the roads passable but they just might not be as people are used to seeing," said Gruner.

Right now, the county says their salary budget will be fine.

But buying more salt will be the biggest problem.

Again, Montgomery County isn't alone in this overtime struggle.

Miami County's crews have nearly 2,000 overtime hours, costing more than $55,000.

Clark County says its overtime hours have already doubled last year's numbers.

 
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