Mayor on snow and flooding fears

On his monthly ‘Speak to the Mayor’ hour on KVNU’s For the People show on Wednesday, Logan Mayor Craig Petersen said it has been a wild and snowy winter in Northern Utah, which is both good and bad.

“So what we’re really looking at this year is that we hope that we’ll have a lot of snow, we’re going to have a great water year…but we’re hoping that it doesn’t heat up really hot in the early spring that becomes kind of a gradual process. It’s been a wild ride for people the last couple weeks,” said Petersen.

The mayor told program host Jason Williams that city crews, including engineers who have desk jobs, have spent a lot of time out shoveling snow because of not having enough employees to deal with it. He said it does come at a cost.

He said, “It does; a substantial cost. Cost in terms of overtime, cost in terms of sand. In fact, I think I remember a couple years ago we had a really, really mild winter. We ended up saving about $200,000 on salt and sand. But this year clearly that’s all going to go, and then some. And that money that we saved we were able to use for capital projects so that’s not going to occur this year.”

The mayor said when it comes to sidewalks, residents are required to keep them free of snow so that individuals don’t have to walk in the street. Petersen said a couple weeks ago when there was a dire forecast of possibly heavy rain on top of the snowpack, city crews stepped up in an amazing way and over that weekend gave away 7,000 sandbags, even filling them for residents.

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