One Troy Citizens United rallying cry is that the city hasn't done anything to cut costs. Tom Burke loves to say that at city council meetings. Then he sashays out the door before the city council and management explain all of the cuts they have made. At this week's meeting the city manager said - "I've responded to these same claims so many times before I won't waste the council's time doing it again."
It is tiresome.
Here's an Oakland Press article on cost cutting in snow removal.
A snowier drive in Troy: City cuts back on snow removal
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
By BONNIE CAPRARA
Special to The Oakland Press
Drivers may want to take extra caution in Troy this winter as the city will clear all streets to bare wheel tracks, similar to a two-track, within 24 to 72 hours.
It’s a cost-savings move that will more evenly allocate the city’s $600,000 road clearing budget with a $150,000 allowance it receives from the Road Commission for Oakland County to clear snow and ice from 80 miles of county roads.
County roads include Adams, Crooks, Dequindre, John R, Livernois, Long Lake, Maple, South Boulevard and the city’s most heavily traveled thoroughfare, Big Beaver, which handles 65,000 cars and trucks on an average day.
Troy’s road clearing budget was reduced from $1.4 million last winter and does not include provisions for backup contract snow removal, which is twice the city’s cost.
“We decided as a council that we could not be paying to clear county roads,” Mayor Louise Schilling said.
Traditionally, Troy had cleared all city and county roads to bare pavement within 24 hours. However, the road commission allowance is based on the estimated cost of clearing roads to a quarter-inch slush within fours days after a snow event of four inches or more.
Two years ago, Troy spent an additional $349,000 to clear county roads to city standards.
Also, an extended time period to clear roads of snow and ice between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. shifts will cut down on overtime.
“It’s cheaper if it snows in the middle of the day than if it snows in the middle of the night,” Councilman Dane Slater said. “There are many variables. It’s our due diligence to cut costs as much as we can. We need to make a change.”
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