Riverton has exhausted 63 percent of its snow removal budget in first two major storms

Riverton City workers were removing snow from the center of South Broadway early Tuesday. (Ernie Over photo)

Riverton City workers were removing snow from the center of South Broadway early Tuesday. (Ernie Over photo)

By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com

(Riverton, Wyo.) – With two major snow storms so far this winter season, the City of Riverton has expended 63 percent of its snow removal budget, according to Public Works Director Bill Urbigkit. “We spent $20,000 in labor and materials in the first big snow event at Christmas, and this most recent storm will probably be comparable,” Urbigkit said Tuesday.

With city crews out and about on Tuesday clearing some streets, Urbigkit said the city would be doing more of that work right now, “but three of our operators called in sick with the flu. I guess we’re like the rest of the country when it comes to the flu,” he said.

Urbigkit said the city has four dedicated streets employees and he fills in the schedule with sanitation workers who do the yard waste when possible. “Believe it or not, we don’t have that many employees,” he said. “We’re doing some cross training with the Parks staff to help in the future because the trash has to be picked up and we can’t take too many off of Sanitation,” he said.

So far, Urbigkit said the city hasn’t had to tap into its overtime budget for snow removal. “We’ve done some juggling and some folks didn’t take their Christmas break until New Years Eve and some haven’t even taken their Christmas break yet, so we haven’t had to tap into that $13,500 overtime budget yet.”