County already has spent much of snow-removal budget

January 07, 1996|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

Even before this weekend, the Howard County Department of Public Works had spent more than two-thirds of its $280,770 snow removal budget.

Six earlier storms were mostly to blame, department officials said Friday. The county spent $194,303 on those cleanups, which required 3,893 tons of salt, 10,920 tons of cinders and 9,720 gallons of fuel.

If the department exhausts its budget -- a problem during the icy winter of 1993-1994 -- it will have to ask the County Council for more money. Although the county budget is growing tighter, public works officials believe the council would come up with the money if necessary.

Hoping to make snow removal easier and road travel safer, the Bureau of Highways is advising county residents to observe state snow emergency regulations.

When traveling along snow emergency routes, for example, motorists must drive vehicles equipped with snow tires. During snow emergencies, vehicles are not allowed to park on snow emergency routes.

Motorists also are reminded to obey parking restrictions on roads and yield to snowplows and emergency vehicles.

Weather announcements, including those of closings and liberal leave for county government workers, are broadcast on local television and radio stations. Residents also may check county road conditions by calling 313-2900.

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