BUDGET BLOWOUT: First quarter expenses run over $150K

COLUMBIA CITY — Winter’s brutal impact was felt not only by Whitley County residents, but also in the budget of Whitley County departments.Michael Barton, the county’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 — $28,670 versus $14,000.“We had crews out for a lot of hours,” Barton said. “They spent some long hours in the truck. They worked hard, and did what needed to be done.”Barton estimated the additional expenses were $150,000 in the first quarter of 2014.To read the rest of this story, see the April 17 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.