Storm prompts Rio Rancho to buy snowplows

January 15, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More snow removal equipment is coming to Rio Rancho after a public outcry over uncleared streets following a December snowstorm.

City Manager James Jimenez says the city bought [auth] eight plows and eight spreaders for city vehicles.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) that Jimenez told the city council this week that the cost was $92,000.

Some Rio Rancho residents complained after many neighborhood streets remained icy and schools closed for three days after the December storm dumped up to 8 inches of snow.

Jimenez said the city has to weigh making a huge investment on such equipment when Rio Rancho usually sees fewer than 10 snowy days a year.

The city spent $46,000 to remove snow removal in December. The costs included staff overtime, sand, salt, fuel and other items.

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