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 eight plows and eight spreaders for city vehicles.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/ydQFAZ ) 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.