Phila. prepares for first significant snowfall

Philadelphia could see its first significant snowfall late Sunday, but Mayor Nutter isn’t worried the city’s budget problems will hamper its snow-fighting efforts.

He said there is no doubt the city will clean up after any snowfall, and the budget isn’t a factor.

“We’ll fight snow whatever comes,” Nutter said in an interview yesterday. “That’s what we do. We’re a city government. We certainly budget an amount for a variety of things, but we fight snow. We fought 78 inches last winter (and) we will do what we need to do.”

The city has received both state and federal funding for the multiple blizzards of 2009-2010, but nowhere enough to cover the entire cost of the clean up.

This year the city has budgeted substanial overtime for Streets Department crews, who have to do most of the snow-fighting and still keep up with weekly trash collection.

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