Glenwood Springs gets some help with snow removal |

Glenwood Springs gets some help with snow removal

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Heavy snowfall spurred Glenwood Springs to bring in contract snow removal crews for extra help last week to remove pesky windrows and giant snow piles.

City Manager Jeff Hecksel said the contract snow removal crews work mostly to remove large piles of snow plowed out of driving lanes. Crews take the snow to the rodeo grounds.

“When we have constant snow back to back and we start to get behind then we’ve got to have help and we bring in the contract crews,” he said.

In anticipation of the winter, the city sent out a request for proposals for contract snow removal. The city now has the ability to contract with three companies.

Last winter, Hecksel said, the city paid around $98,691 for contract snow removal. That season saw the greatest snowfall of any winter in a decade or two. The extra snowfall surprised city staff, which had around $30,000 originally budgeted for snow removal. For 2009, the amount has been doubled to $60,000.

The extra snow last winter filled up the rodeo grounds and forced snow removal crews to transport snow to another location. It’s unclear what the rest of this winter will bring.

“While we certainly got spoiled by a dry November it caught up with us pretty quick in December,” Hecksel said.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Grand Junction said last week, “After a very dry November … Colorado mountain snowpack has quickly caught up to normal this month.”

Most river basins were above normal last week, including the Gunnison, Upper Colorado, San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan River basins at 102 to 105 percent of the average. Only the Yampah and White River Basins lagged behind at 85 percent of normal, the NWS said in a news release.

Snowblower sales also seemed to go through the roof with the recent storm.

“We’re completely sold out,” said Fred Dice, of Berthod Motors. “If we’d have had another 30 we’d have sold them.”

Berthod primarily sells high end and larger models of snowblowers. New snowblowers could be ordered individually, but it will take two to three weeks to get them, he said.

“Usually you can trade other dealers, but the eastern slope had quite a bit of snow early. You couldn’t this year ” they were holding onto them,” Dice said.

Employees at two other Glenwood Springs stores that sell snowblowers also said they had sold out, but they didn’t want to be quoted for this story.

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