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Mild start to season benefits city

Friday, December 7, 2012

Spencer Public Works Director Mark White admitted there's never enough time to get everything done, but the mild seasonal transition has allowed the city work crews an opportunity to get a jump start on next spring.

"We never get all of our projects done," White said, chuckling. "But it's nice to have a little longer season."

White pointed to the contractor's ability to complete the Fourth Avenue West project and reopen the street this week.

"This week we poured concrete for the clubhouse," White said. "Next week we're planning on doing some ditch cleaning."

The Public Works director listed additional concrete work, intake repairs and general street maintenance which in a traditional year might have had to be pushed back to spring. The crews were also able to continue working on an in-house construction project, an addition to the city's Street Division building.

"I don't plan to get it all complete this winter, but the weather has allowed us to get a good start on it," White said.

He continued, "Our work is usually driven by cold temperatures and ground temperatures. Typically, the middle of November we're shut down with that type of work."

The city crews have also been able to perform some river bottom flood way maintenance, removing some of the foliage.

"We've been able to mow some areas we've probably never gotten to before because of the dry season. I mean some spots that we've never gotten to before," White stressed.

Despite a first snow on Oct. 25, the ground has remained dry the better part of November and early December. The lack of significant snow events saves dollars on the city budget.

"As far as snow budget savings, we've already purchased a lot of our supplies and that type of material," White said. "But we're certainly not using any fuel or labor at this time and that's nice. A lot of times we're actively plowing snow at this time."

With snow in the forecast today and again on Sunday, White said conditions will dictate the city's ability to continue working ahead.

White suggested if it snows and sticks, "It will slow down some of the construction projects."

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