County may pick up lot plowing after short-staffed firm backs out


Ozaukee Press staff

Just as the first snowfall of the season hit this week, Ozaukee County’s Highway Department found itself picking up a new job as contractor hired to clear some county properties backed out due to a shortage of drivers.

In late October, the Ozaukee County Highway Department was informed that the company that was contracted to remove snow from the parking lots at the Justice Center, Administration Center and Transit Services building will be unable to do so due to staffing shortages.

Officials tried to find a replacement, but  other contractors have the same problem, Highway Commissioner Jon Edgren said in a memo to the Public Works Committee.

Edgren said that after meeting with staff, “It was determined that bringing snowplowing services in-house would provide Ozaukee County with the best service at an economical price.”

The county can use a Highway Department wheel loader and a one-ton truck but will need two snowplow attachments: a 12-foot loader snow pusher and a poly snowplow for a combined cost of $16,029, Edgren wrote.

In the recent past, the county has generally only cleared its own sidewalks and contracted with other services to do its parking lots, Edgren said in an email.

That changed this winter, he said.

“The Ozaukee County Facilities Department was approved for a full-time staff member at the (Ozaukee County Fairgrounds in Cedarburg) starting in January of 2022 and given the purchase of a compact wheel loader for use at the fairgrounds, we brought the fairgrounds snowplowing in-house starting this winter,” he wrote.

“Otherwise, historically, our facilities crews have been responsible for sidewalks only.”

Edgren’s proposal must be approved by the Public Works Committee, which will  meet at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.





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