Extreme cold limits Quincy snow removal
Tue, 07 Jan 2014 05:27:01 GMT —
The weekend's snowfall only added on to what's been a busy winter for Quincy's snow plows.
The snow removal process was discussed at Monday's city council meeting.
Director of Central Services Marty Stegeman says the city's snow removal crew has been much busier this winter than in other years.
"From an overtime standpoint, manpower, being tired, and wear-and-tear on the equipment, everything has been more severe this year than it has in years past...it hasn't been the extreme high quantities (of snow), it's just been the consistency it seems. Every couple of days, we're getting snow again," Stegeman said.
Plowing crews worked overtime hours from 9:30 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Monday. Stegeman says plows will not run again until Tuesday due to road conditions.
"Right now, the snow is packed, so it's tight to the ground and very difficult, if not impossible, to get the snow removed at this point - the weather has made it adhere tightly. We're really in a position now where we need the weather to break and warm up, then when we start treating it with salt it will have effect and we can plow it the rest of the way," he said.
Once the weather allows, the city will begin spreading salt at intersections and continue clearing the roads.