Oneida Common Council approves money for future snow removal

The Oneida Common Council approved transferring money into an account for Department of Public Works overtime for future downtown snow bank removal at a special meeting Jan. 26.

After voting down a resolution to do such at the Jan. 19 meeting, the resolution was approved 4-2. Councilors Dan Jones and Dave Cimpi voted against the measure.

The resolution states that $4,000 will be taken out of contingency for overtime and another $1,000 for the rental trucks. In addition, any funds remaining in the account as of March 31 will be returned to contingency.

Following initial discussion, the council unanimously said that the snow downtown should be removed. However, after Don Moore moved the resolution to approve the money transfer, a second was slow to come.

"What you're saying is you want the policy but you don't want to fund it," Mayor Leo Matzke told the council.

Some hesitation existed due to the possibility of controversy in regard to when to move the snow.

"My reluctance at first to second it is because I want to avoid controversy. I rely on Jim's (Bacher) experience. That kind of put you on the spot. It might not to be done," councilor Michael Kaiser said.

City Engineer Jim Bacher suggested the council fund the money, adding that he would not authorize removal until the banks were far higher than they were.

"That'd have to be pretty darn high for me to give the order," he said.

Bacher also pointed out that Matzke and himself acknowledge that they disagree on when the banks should have been removed.

"I don't think two weeks ago was the time to do it," Bacher said.

The resolution was eventually seconded by Kaiser and approved.

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