City of Kennewick within snow budget for next winter season
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Around the Tri-Cities last year, temperatures were well below freezing, and snow was at least three inches high.
However, with a lack of snowfall this year, the City of Kennewick Public Information Director, Evelyn Lusignan, said any extra money can now help fund other city projects.
Lusignan said, “It's really great not to have it, not only for all the drivers and street conditions but you know we then have extra dollars for other projects.”
This includes street maintenance projects, from road overlays to road repairs, it's an option that wasn't available before.
The city of Kennewick works on a two-year budget and funding set aside for this year was already spent.
“Our two-year budget was $115,000 for snow removal cost, we exceeded that in the first two months last year, and had to do an adjustment of $189,000 to cover the cost of last year and to prepare for this year in case there was another snow event,” said Lusignan.
Luckily this year materials set aside haven't been used.
Currently, Lusignan said, they have on-hand materials to cover seven full days of snow and ice control.
Lusignan said, “Since we didn't have to use a lot of our stock piles that were intended for this winter, will go for the fall of 2018, if we get snow events we’ll have supplies all ready to go.”
Kennewick Public Information Director said its left a comfortable budget for the next season.
“We feel really good, it was nice to have the break in the winter weather this year, so now were stocked up in supplies for any winter events this coming fall or the beginning of winter for 2018,” said Lusignan.