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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Winterâ€™s brutal impact was felt not only by Whitley County residents, but also in the budget of Whitley County departments.
Michael Barton, the countyâ€™s highway director, gave an update to County Commissioners last week.
He reported the total dollars it cost for the work exerted by his crews during the winter storms.
In fuel alone, the county had $111,700 for the first quarter, in comparision to $56,000 in 2013. Overtime hours ran more than double compared to 2013 â€” $28,670 versus $14,000.
â€śWe had crews out for a lot of hours,â€ť Barton said. â€śThey spent some long hours in the truck. They worked hard, and did what needed to be done.â€ť
Barton estimated the additional expenses were $150,000 in the first quarter of 2014.
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