County Board approves of work done by road crews

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

Nearing the end of a tough road plowing/salting season and after fielding questions from the public about why road crews are out at certain times, Public Works Director Steve Backowski came to Tuesday’s County Board’s planning session with a short update.

“We’ve been out 40 times this season —so far. A normal season is 22 times total,” Backowski said. “In an average season we use 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel, but so far this year we’ve used 28,000.”

Backowski reported that overtime usage has not been too bad, since most of the snow events have taken place during the work week, rather than on weekends or holidays.

“We try to be consistent on how we go after our work,” Backowski said. “Are we doing too much? Past boards were pretty aggressive and wanted us out there, but we do not want to be wasting resources.”

“I think you’re doing a great job,” said Commissioner Randy Winscher.

“It’s all a judgment call,” said Commissioner Don Meyer. “We support what you’re doing.”

“You’re the expert; you do what you have to do,” said Commissioner Kevin Maurer.

“Public safety is one of our core missions,” said Deb Gruber, county administrator. “People’s views of safety will differ.”