Updated: Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013, 6:09 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013, 4:48 PM EST
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - It's a happy hour when a snow plow runs through your neighborhood, moving mounds in mere seconds.
Road commissions in Ottawa and Kent counties have had to do a lot of that lately. But they say despite the heavy snowfall and overtime pay, they aren't going to run out of money any time soon.
"We had a light really November, December, January. We're still under budget for where we should be, so were feeling pretty comfortable," said Kent County Road Commission Director Jerry Byrne.
"Last few weeks, it's been busy. Every weekend, there's been crews in. Doesn't seem to snow during the week, only on the weekend so were paying some overtime, but it's pretty typical this time of year," said Ottawa County Road Commission Operations Superintendent Jeff Johnson.
Both commissions say they still have nearly 40% of their winter budget left -- about $1.5 million for each county.
"I wouldn't want to have a March like we did February, but a normal March, we'll be fine," Byrne said.
But no matter how snowy the March -- or any other month -- both the Kent and Ottawa commissions say there's no chance they'll just stop plowing.
"There is never a time where we will stop plowing," said Johnson. "Public safety is what we're about. We will continue to do that at any cost as long as we have to."
It's just a matter of what they'll be able to do -- after all this snow melts.
"If there's 20 more storms and we get 60 inches of snow in March, we're still going to be plowing. We'll plow in March, we'll plow in April, but don't look for a lot of work come June July and August," Byrne said.
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