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Its budget exhausted, Allegan Co. preps for another winter blast

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - With a winter storm on the way and Allegan County already under a winter storm warning, Newschannel 3 checked in to see how they're preparing.

The question is especially relevant given that the county road commission has already spent their entire winter budget.

"According to my budget, winter should have been over last week," said Allegan County Road Commission Director Larry Brown.

He's already spent the entire $2.6 million budget, but with more snow and cold on the way, his team is gearing up to head out yet again.

"I'm sure tomorrow morning if the forecast holds true, we'll be starting at 5:00 a.m.," Brown said.

He says they'll likely work 12 hour shifts on Thursday, putting down sand--since it's too cold for salt.

"The sand just provides a little bit of grit there, so you're not hitting that ice on a smooth surface and sliding around," Brown explained.

As for city streets, they may still get some salts Thursday.

"Our salt, we do add a beet juice additive to it that will get it down to keep working at about 10 degrees--slowly," he said.

But Director of Public Works Aaron Haskin says your best bet is to limit travel.

"Just go where you need to when it's cold like this--you certainly don't want to have a breakdown when it's 0 or negative 20 out there," he said.

As for Brown, he promises to keep county roads clear in spite of the budget.

"We just have to pull from other line items in the budget to make up for it," he said. "We can't quit plowing snow just because we've spent our budgeted amount."