School was out, the roads were closed, and people generally enjoyed a day or two off last week when about 18 inches of snow piled up in Lansing. But the Lansing Highway Department crew had the opposite experience -- it was their busy time, clearing the roads and making sure that emergency vehicles could get where they needed to go. Highway Superintendent Charlie 'Cricket' Purcell told the Lansing Town Board Wednesday that last week's storm cost the Town about $61,000, and reported that keeping the town's roads clear went smoothly as his crew worked around the clock to plow Lansing's roads.
"Our little snow storm that we had last week was nothing really extraordinary," Purcell said. "It cost around $61,000. About 25% or that was labor, 55% is the cost to run and maintain our equipment, and around 20% was our materials, the salt and grit we use. We had between 16 and 18 inches of snow. By today's standards that's a rough event, because we haven't really had much like that in a long time, but we certainly handled it in good fashion."