Some Angry About Des Moines’ Snow Removal Plans

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The city of Des Moines spent about $150,000 cleaning up from this weekend’s snow storm, but the decision not to plow all of the roads, angered some homeowners.

Melissa Maher moved into her home on Southwest 60th street five years ago and says the city has plowed her street just *five times. Maher says there are nine homes on her road and that they are all taxpayers who deserve a safe, clear road after a snow.

“Just please plow our streets, it doesn`t have to be spick and span, we shouldn`t have to drive on the ruts,” says Maher.

The city decided not to clear all streets but Mayor Frank Cownie says leaders did take safety into consideration. He says Saturday’s snow fall was wet and heavy and most of it melted.

The move helps save the city money.

So far this year, Des Moines is about $1 million under its snow budget, but the city as a whole is facing a $7 million budget shortfall.


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