Major snowfalls are not only an inconvenience, but also a major cost to the city — one for which mayor Mark Kruzan says Bloomington doesn’t have a budget.
“I remember when I was excited as a kid about snow,” Kruzan says. “Now all I see are dollar signs falling from the sky.”
With no specific budget line for snow removal, Kruzan says big storms take funds away from other important projects — like repaving city streets — to pay for cleanup costs.
The snowfall earlier this month required 450 tons of salt, fuel for 23 snow removal trucks, and 31 hours of employee work and overtime. Total cost to the city: $140,000.
“Materials, fuels, time, overtime — you know it’s of significant cost to the city,” Kruzan says.
Most snow removal truck drivers live out of county, so the city provides hotel rooms and food to ensure they get enough rest to safely operate snow removal equipment.