Cities, businesses tally big chill’s cost


Greenwood street department plows push slush from Madison Avenue Thursday. The city spent about $41,000 on plow drivers, mechanics and other street department worker salaries during this week's snow storm. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Now that the temperature is above freezing and city and county roads are no longer covered with ice and snow, local governments and area businesses are counting the costs of the recent winter storm.

The cities of Franklin and Greenwood expect to pay from $21,000 to $70,838 to cover costs including salt, fuel for plows, and salaries and overtime pay for plow drivers and street department workers. The county highway department likely will tabulate the cost of the winter storm within the next few weeks, director Luke Mastin said.

In Greenwood, more than half of the storm’s cost, or about $41,000, comes from paying plow drivers, mechanics and other street department workers their salary as well as overtime pay, Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers said.

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