COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Chamber of Commerce hosted Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel at its monthly Lunch ’n’ Learn, and Daniel delivered his 2014 State of the City address.
After the address, Chamber President Doug Brown complimented the city’s snow removal efforts this winter, as the area has had record-breaking snowfall and difficult conditions for street crews.
“It has been a seamless operation,” Brown complimented Friday.
Mother Nature brought more snow to the area over the weekend, approximately 3 inches and 0.8 inches shy of breaking the all-time record for the snowiest winter in Northeast Indiana history.
This winter, there have been 63 days with at least a trace of snowfall, and 41 days with accumulation. There has been at least a trace of snow on every weekend in 2014, creating overtime issues for city officials, as there has been a street department employee working nearly weekend to either plow snow, or fill potholes from the aftermath.
Many agree, this year has been one of the worst winter’s yet.
“Mother Nature has really thrown a lot at us this year,” Daniel said. “I feel like we’ve done a really good job.”
While some Fort Wayne residents had to wait several days for their streets to be plowed, city officials had roadways cleared within hours. Daniel said that was due to the teamwork of all departments, not just the street department.
“Our other departments have banded together for the good of the city,” Daniel said. “What a blessing it is to live in Columbia City.”
It’s not just the snow that’s been a hassle, but the cold as well. The Columbia City Water Department made several trips to homes to thaw water meters, as well as repair main breaks due to the shifting, frozen ground.
The Fort Wayne area either broke or tied seven daily record low temperatures, with the lowest being 16 degrees below zero — not including the windchill.
Temperatures this week are expected to stay in the 20s until Friday. The high on Friday is 42 degrees with a 30 percent chance of rain.
There may be a light at the end of the tunnel — but not as soon as some would like.
Tuesday, March 11, temperatures are expected to be in the 50s and sunny.