'Nuisance' snows cost cold, hard cash
This winter's “nuisance snows” are keeping area municipal street crews busy — and taking a bite out of budgets dedicated to overtime pay.
Connellsville has five full-time employees in its Streets Department, said city Clerk Toni Tesauro.
The 2013 budget includes $10,000 for department overtime, she said.
Snow removal beyond the crew's scheduled work hours is typically at the discretion of the police department.
“The police will call the street foreman and let him know (the roads are) getting bad,” Tesauro said.
So far, snow removal has cost Connellsville nearly $5,000 in overtime pay.
The crew, from the most recently hired at $13.44 per hour to the longest tenured at $24.73 per hour, receive 1½ time their hourly rate when called out before or after their shifts, Tesauro said.
Scottdale and Mount Pleasant street department crew members also receive overtime compensation of 1½ their hourly rates.
Scottdale Borough Manager Angelo Pallone said this winter's pattern seems to include enough snow to coat the roads and then freeze.
“So we call the street crew in to plow and salt. Unfortunately, it seems to be happening on evenings and weekends. There has been some overtime this year we did not have last year, but better safe than sorry,” he said.
Pallone said the Scottdale's street department employs three full-time workers. The crew leader earns $19.25 per hour,and the other two are paid $18.10 per hour.
The borough budget includes $10,150 set aside for overtime pay. Pallone estimated this week that costs so far this winter have totaled about $3,000.
Crew members make the call to remove snow while on shift, Pallone said, with police officers calling them in when they notice conditions worsening.
“We had overtime over the weekend,” Mt. Pleasant Borough Manager Jeff Landy said this week.
The budget includes $3,500 for snow-removal overtime pay and another $3,500 for emergency department needs, he said.
More than one-half of the budget has been used to date.
“Obviously, if we get more overtime, we have to pull more money from other areas to offset (the expenditure),” Landy said.
“This winter is more of a nuisance type of snow,” he said.
Rather than single, significant snowfalls, precipitation sometimes comes in the form of freezing rain.
“That can be worse. Ice is tougher (than snow),” he said.
The three-man street crew earns hourly wages ranging from $18.20 to $19.70.
“I expect to get more of that (nuisance snow). We may have to dip into the emergency fund,” Landy said.
Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rooney says Pittsburgh is ‘good place’ for next northern Super Bowl
- UPMC researcher who died of cyanide poisoning committed suicide
- Jayhawks cruise past Saints on senior night
- Dungy, Greene represent more Steelers ties in hall-of-fame voting
- Pirates sign 2 to minor league deals
- Week before sentencing, Ferrante seeks acquittal or new trial
- Wilkinsburg auto dealer scammed at least 30 people, police say
- HOF finalist Bettis ‘behind everything’ in 2005 Super Bowl run
- Penguins notebook: Bennett a healthy scratch
- Penguins finally break through, defeat Devils at Prudential Center
- Goodell defends league, dodges difficult questions