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Winter Storm Overtime Costs Add Up

Winter Storm Overtime Costs Add Up

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The City of Tulsa started off the year with 60-Thousand dollars for overtime, 42-Thousand dollars has been used, leaving a balance  of about 18-Thousand dollars. But don't worry, we're not about to run out of money thanks to last summer's windstorm.
"As a result of the wind and tree damage that we received in July, the state has forwarded to us 100 thousand dollars for emergency response that we can pretty much use anyway we want," says Paul Strizek, with Public Works Dept. 
In other words if there's another significant weather event, the city could tap into the 100 thousand dollars. 
"We don't know what we're going to get into this winter. That might be the only storm we have this winter or we might have four or five.
Tyler Harrington is one person who could live without storms like the one that hit Thursday. While the city's overtime budget can recover, he's still having trouble on side streets, days after the winter storm. 
"I don't think it would be too hard to get some salt on the roads in the neighborhoods," says Tulsa Resident Tyler Harrington.
He wonders if the city might consider putting salt and sand on the side streets.
"Everywhere I go in the neighborhood you always see cars stuck on curbs and sliding everywhere. My car is really bad on the ice, so I try to avoid all the neighborhood streets." 
Generally, the city only treats side streets and only after the arterial streets are done first. Side streets treated include those around public schools, some select hills, around hospitals, and anywhere requested by emergency responders. 
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