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City preps for first snowfall; still recovering from last winter's record snowfall

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WKOW (Madison) -- No one will forget last winter.

"Record winter of 2007/2008 is one we don't want to see again. 101.4 inches is imbedded in my mind," reminsces Madison Streets Superintendent Al Schumacher.

Unfortunately, it's also imbedded in Schumacher's budget.

Snow storms in January and February used up all of this year's budget; $4.9-million gone in just two months.

Schumacher says last winter, the city went through 17,000 tons of salt and 12,000 tons of sand - more than double what's typically used to clear streets.

"We're hoping we don't have that again, but if we do - we'll be ready for it," says Schumacher.

He asked for an extra $600,000 this summer to pay for plowing through the end of this year.

He says that's enough for only one or two major storms and is crossing his fingers that history doesn't repeat itself.

Send questions and comments to Vanessa Shirley at vshirley@wkowtv.com.

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