County stands against CRWD snow removal rule

Published 7:52 am Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Local officials aren’t wavering in their opposition to a snow removal rule that could end up costing the city, county and businesses.

The county board stood firm in its opposition to a potential Cedar River Watershed District rule that would require the city and county to haul snow outside the flood plain.

“I don’t think we could afford it unless we were showed there was some real danger or harm being done to our river,” said Chairman Tim Gabrielson at Tuesday’s county board meeting.

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The CRWD delayed submitting its rules after groups expressed opposition to the rule. Gabrielson said adequate proof hasn’t been given to show moving the snow is worth the added cost. While Gabrielson expressed pleasure with the rule being delayed, he expressed concern that it’d eventually pass.