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How much has York spent on snow removal?

Written by Mark Walters/York Daily Record | Jan 28, 2016 8:34 AM
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York city workers clear snow from Home Way in York this week. Crews continue to work 12-hour shifts around the clock dealing with the approximately 30 inches of snow that blanketed the city last weekend. (Photo: Kate Penn, Kate Penn, York Daily Record)

Waiting for a city snowplow? Here's what to do

(York) -- The City of York has spent just about all of the $198,000 allocated for snow removal this year, Mayor Kim Bracey said Wednesday after this week's third news conference regarding city snow removal.

Money spent on snow removal includes overtime paid to city public works employees who have been working around the clock since Friday to plow and remove the nearly 30 inches of snow that was dumped on York -- the most seen since 1996.

Another heavy snowstorm would require the city to pull from it's reserves, something Bracey hopes is not required. "We would have to pull up our boot straps," she said.

Still waiting?

Are you a city resident still waiting for your street or alley to be plowed? You should call to report it, Bracey said at the news conference, which she used to praise public works employees and also the "great Samaritans" of York who have helped with snow removal in city neighborhoods.

Public works has been working on alleys, and nearly all the city's streets and alleys have been plowed, Bracey said. To report unplowed roads or problems, call 717-849-2228.

Higher temperatures have helped with getting roads cleared, officials said.

"Mother nature does a better job than anyone else can," Jim Gross, director of the city's public works department, said of melting snow.

Bracey also said people should stop their "creative parking" and that enforcement on parking violations will begin soon. People using chairs and other objects to reserve their on-street parking is interesting, Bracey said, but it should stop.

The city's snow removal ordinance will go into effect Monday, which typically requires residents to remove snow from the sidewalks no more than 12 hours after a snowfall. The ordinance exists so sidewalks are passable following snowfall.

The removal ordinance is part of the city's Property Maintenance Code, and also forbids people from shoveling snow into the street.

If people are seen putting snow into the streets, they could face a fine of at least $100, said Steve Buffington, deputy director of the city's Permits, Planning and Zoning.

Snow removal

Crews had planned to begin Wednesday night removing all snow from the curb lines and hauling it to Memorial Park and the Northwest Triangle.

They were to work on West Philadelphia Street from Pershing to Carlisle Avenue overnight.

If time allowed, they had planned to clear West Market Street from Carlisle heading east.

The snow emergency remains in effect, so all cars should be off snow emergency routes until it is lifted. The snow emergency could be lifted as early as Friday evening, Bracey said. "I will know more (Thursday)," she said after the news conference.

Be careful

Bracey encouraged motorists to drive carefully since many streets are only one lane, and many people are walking on streets to avoid impassable sidewalks in some places.

And the mayor wants people to be extra careful around schools when students begin walking to classes again.

Additionally

City parking garages remain free until further notice.

All curbside waste collection in York is postponed until next week. People leaving their trash out this week could be fined for violating the Property Maintenance Code.

*This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record

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