Shelling Out for Snow Removal
The state and county plow snow from Highway 50 and Route D. But Lohman must clear roads east and west of D, so the town is willing to pay Cole County $40 an hour for each snow truck.
"If we're going to provide snow removal, so we're not competing against contractors that are now paid for, we look at a fair price that covers our costs to provide that service for them," explained Larry Benz of Cole County public works.
Cole County provided the service for free last winter, but can't afford to this time. Lohman will save money this winter because it paid more for a private company to remove snow last year.