WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | Weather

Warm Winter Cools Profits for Snow Plowers

By: Carter Johnson Email
By: Carter Johnson Email

January 31, 2012

Ken Bahr's truck is parked in the garage and it hasn't moved from there in some time. This winter has been a waiting game for the Ken's Lawn Service owner, who plows snow as part of his lawn service.

"I've been doing snow removal for about ten years and I found it's never quite reliable enough to call a profession. We do it as an add on service," said Bahr.

While snow removal is not his main source of income, Bahr does invest in it, preparing the plows for winter, getting his truck ready and even buying a new battery this season. "It would certainly be a loss, but being a side business, it's not something that I've plowed a whole lot of money into," he joked.

And Bahr isn't alone. The Virginia Department of Transportation's snow plows have also been sitting idle. VDOT has already spent about $2 million combined on snow removal and preparations for the season, including repairs to equipment and restocking supplies such as sand, salt and plow blades.

But Bahr remains hopeful he'll take his truck out in a big storm sometime soon. "It's a lot of fun. I love it, that's the reason I stay in it. It's really a chase to keep up and it's a lot of fun," he said.

VDOT has budgeted $6.77 million for snow removal, and any leftover money will be redirected to maintenance projects like pavement patching and tree trimming.


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 138435179