JeffCo Manager: County must be prepared for next weather crisis

JeffCo Manager: County must be prepared for next weather crisis

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Jefferson County workers scrape ice and snow from the county courthouse steps in Birmingham on Thursday morning. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC Jefferson County workers scrape ice and snow from the county courthouse steps in Birmingham on Thursday morning. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Jefferson County has exited bankruptcy, but that hasn't stopped the county from providing help during severe weather events such as the snow storms that hit the area during the last two weeks.

Thursday morning, Jefferson County employees were scraping ice and snow off the steps at the courthouse in Birmingham. Jefferson County Commissioners praised county employees for their hard work during the latest snow storm. County Manager Tony Petelos said the employees put in long hours.

"It's extra overtime. The fact is we had staff out all night last night and the night before taking care of issues with the roads, whether it was trees that had fallen or clearing the road and spreading sand," Petelos said.

Jefferson County continues to pinch pennies even though they are out of bankruptcy. But Petelos said the county must look at its resources and spend money on equipment such as four wheel vehicles or four wheelers for the next weather crisis.

"We need to have plans in place so we can handle whatever the situation before us," Petelos said.

Petelos said additional investments are necessary but he is not willing to spend the money just yet.

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