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December’s ice storm cost Ogdensburg $31,000

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OGDENSBURG — An ice storm that battered Ogdensburg from Dec. 20 to 22 cost the city nearly $31,000 according to the Department of Public Works.

According to an estimate compiled Tuesday by Public Works Supervisor Gregg E. Harland and administrative assistant Maureen Manke, the city used 220 tons of salt and 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel clearing roads. In total, the city spent $9,368 on salt, $7,240 on diesel and just over $14,000 on labor.

City Manager John M. Pinkerton said the cleanup isn’t really over yet because of the amount of ice that’s still on the roads and sidewalks. “We’re still working,” he said.

In particular, the ice has made clearing sidewalks a difficult task.

Mr. Pinkerton said although homeowners are responsible for clearing their own sidewalks, the city has been lenient this time due to the fact that DPW is struggling with the ice as much as anyone else. He said the city’s snow removal equipment can’t cut through the ice as quickly as it would like on the city sidewalks.

“We can’t do a lot to chastise people when our equipment can’t even do it,” he said. “We need some thawing before we can get some of it done.”

But Mr. Pinkerton said he is “very proud of the DPW” and its quick response to the ice storm and its work since.

During the storm, all 23 DPW employees were working 12-hour shifts clearing and salting the roads, Mr. Harland said.

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