Snow causes budget problems that may lead to layoffs
lot of early season snow has one northern
Michigan road commission battling a budget shortfall that could lead to layoffs.
County Road Commissioners met today to figure out a way to keep the roads clean despite limited funding.
We are just hoping the winter is going to slow down
," Brian Gutowski, Emmet County Road Commission Manager said.
ollar bills are dropping as fast as the snow is falling for the
Emmet County Road Commission.
The more materials we go through this time of year means less money for summer
," Gutowski explained.
ue to heavy snow falls and bad road conditions
the snow plows have been operating for 25 days in a row
, unloading salt onto the roadways and costing the county thousands in overtime pay for drivers.
s much as this department tries to plan ahead for vicious winter weather
s hard to do so with very little state funding.
hen you are operating under 11-year-old funding it's tough to maintain
a situation like we are today," Gutowski said.
he payout from the state has been the same since 2003.
the prices for gas, salt, and other departmental needs have gone up.
nd the intense northern
Michigan winters have not slowed down.
If worse comes to worse
if the winter does get bad and continues on there might be some temporary layoffs unfortunately
," Gutowski said.
his department is exploring the option of layoffs and holding off road maintenance for the rest of the year.
he situation is different in each county.
Wexford, the road manger says his budget is in good shape. And in Grand Traverse, they added $400,000 dollars to this years budget to help.
espite the growing budget issues in
Emmet, the road commission insists that the roads will stay clean.
We are going to continue plowing the roads
," Gutowski said.
ou're not going to see as much salt put ou