MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- If Muskegon County continues to miss big snow storms like the rest of the state, the budget savings for the road commission could be significant.
Laurie Peterson, the Maintenance Superintendent for the Muskegon County Road Commission, says she's only used
one quarter of her winter snow removal budget. Peterson says it is too early to commit the projected savings to other projects like chip sealing or filling of potholes on county roads.
At the road commission Friday the massive snow-blowing machine called "Big Green" was parked where it has been all winter. "Big Green" is often called on to blow big snow drifts from roads near Montague. At one time it was used at an Air Force Base to clear runways. The fact that it has not been needed this year is one sign of a mild winter.
When there's no snow, employees spend their days doing spring projects like clearing out and improving drainage ditches and removing trees and limbs along county roads.
Muskegon County still has two big piles of sand and salt at its maintenance yard. Some of the product is expected to last into next winter. But Peterson says she's reluctant to say this winter is done. "If we can get through the third week of March, maybe then I will know that, yes, winter is over."
By Jon Mills