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MANASSAS CITY REVIEWS SNOW REMOVAL BUDGET

Although the City of Manassas Department of Public Works and Utilities budgets $250,000 a year for snow removal, the large snowfall totals this winter have used up much of the budget. Manassas has spent approximately $425,000 on snow removal efforts. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

Between December 2013 and February 2014, Manassas City crews have been mobilized for nine snow-related events using approximately 1200 tons of salt, 200 tons of sands, 3600 gallons of ice ban liquid, 18 pieces of hired equipment, 18 pieces of Manassas City equipment and utilized 49 Manassas City employees. Manassas City has a general contingency fund account that can be used for additional snow removal expenses.

Approximately $51,000 of the snow budget was used for snow removal of Manassas City Schools.

 “Our snow removal crews have been working long hours and been extremely responsive in getting our Manassas streets and parking areas cleared and accessible,” said Mike Moon, director of public works and utilities for the City of Manassas. “It’s been a tough winter, not only because of the large amounts of snow, but cold temperatures are causing any melted snow to refreeze, and our crews then have to re-treat the icy roads,” said Moon.

Manassas Utilities had to increase their snow removal budget in 2010, when the area had experienced two large snowfalls.

ABOUT CITY OF MANASSAS
Established in1913, the City of Manassas Utilities/Public Works department ensures the availability of safe, reliable water usage, electric utilities, as well as provides responsive maintenance and collection services at an affordable cost to citizens of Manassas, Va., Manassas Park, Va. and parts of Prince William County, Va. It is noted for its environment-friendly projects and equipment, while tasked with capital projects that enhance public and private infrastructure. The utilities team participates in community fundraisers, like Toys for Tots, the United Way, American Public Power Association Tree Power and Arbor Day. The department holds memberships with America Public Power Association, American Water Works Association, American Public Works Association and the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce.

 

The City of Manassas, Va., is an independent, full service city of 10-square miles in Northern Virginia.  The City is rich in history and the Manassas Junction of railroads played a pivotal role in the American Civil War. The City has a population of more than 35,000, owns its own public utilities, has the busiest general aviation airport in Virginia and is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region.  Manassas has been recognized by the Virginia Municipal League and other national and state organizations for its highly successful neighborhood improvement programs and by the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence in financial reporting and budgeting. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

TLN it Str8 March 01, 2014 at 11:33 PM
So what happens to the budgeted money in years when it's not needed? Do they bank it and then use it in times like these, use it up elsewhere, or both? Seems to me that if they saved it from last year and/or the year before, then they'd still be in good shape.

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