Whitman County Gazette - Serving Whitman County since 1877

Early year snow, costs strain county


January 2, 2020

Attributed more to wind than excess snowfall, northern parts of the county required extra equipment to open up roadways early in the year.

The six-weeks snow deluge of February and March led to county expenditures of $850,000, including a few dollars in January.

The county averages a yearly expenditure of $300,000-$400,000 for snow and ice removal.

"The big caution now is, we still have November and December in front of us," said Mark Storey, Public Works director, at the time.

The January to March total did not include the cost to replace a section of fence near Rock Lake taken out by a road grader at the edge of a county road right-of-way. The fence was hidden in a snow drift.

Also, a bill awaited from Asotin County for a...

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