HONESDALE - The borough's Department of Public Works is working extra hours to clear the snowbanks around the parking meters.
Despite the overtime pay, the borough currently has enough money budgeted thanks to action taken at a meeting in November 2014.
At that time council President James Brennan issued an order saying DPW and other borough departments must get approval in order for employees to work overtime hours, unless in the event of an emergency.
As a result, the borough saved on overtime costs in November and December. It now has enough money budgeted to pay for the extra hours for snow removal.
Brennan said Friday he did not know exactly how much the borough saved in November and December, but it was a significant amount that carried into the new year.
"I felt it was a good policy," said the council president.
The DPW does not need Brennan's approval for overtime in an emergency such as plowing during heavy snow, according to the council president. The DPW worked overtime hours Monday and Tuesday in order to plow the roads.
Brennan gave the DPW approval to work overtime on Thursday, Friday and today in order to clear the snow from the sidewalks.
DPW Director Rich Doney said the department is working to clear snow around the parking meters in the borough. More overtime may be needed since more snow is predicted overnight Sunday.
The DPW has six employees, four full-time and two part-time. Hourly employees receive time-and-a-half pay for every hour that exceeds eight hours in a work day.
The average overtime pay is $25 per hour, per employee. With six employees the total comes to about $150 per hour, Brennan said.
The DPW employees have worked 18 overtime hours since Monday, plowing the roads and clearing the snow from the sides.
Brennan also has given overtime approval for further snow removal today.
Councilman Robert Jennings noted that the snow removal, after plowing, is important because the accumulation can lead to oversized snowbanks that could pose a safety hazard.
When the snow is removed from the side of the streets, it is transported to and dumped on borough property off Fair Avenue.
Parking tickets are generally not issued at meters where heavy snow has accumulated.
Alice Warnock, parking enforcement officer, said the borough tries to give leeway to motorists and doesn't expect them to scale snowbanks to put money into meters.