I-Team: Cleveland has spent more than $300k on snow plow repairs this winter

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CLEVELAND – The Fox 8 I-Team investigation found a huge hidden cost of plowing Cleveland streets.

It involves hundreds of thousands of dollars of your money.

This winter the city has spent $326,000 repairing plows.

“That’s not good,” said Cleveland Councilman Kevin Conwell. “That’s not good at all.”

Conwell says he wants answers on how the city’s fleet got in such poor condition.

The I-Team found some trucks have been down at times for well over a month, costing more than $10,000 in repairs each.

Director of Public Works Michael Cox confirmed the majority of the fleet is in poor condition.

“We have 21 plows down right now, 18 minor and 3 with major problems,” Cox said.

He noted many of the plows are about 20 years old.

He believes repair bills will improve next year since the city will be buying 30 new trucks.

“It will keep the majority out of the shop,” Cox said. “This will take us to a fair fleet, that’s a big deal when you are dealing with snow.”

Councilman Zack Reed says he wants the city to keep the new plows running smoothly.

“My hope is we are now going to put in place a preventative maintenance plan,” Reed said. “We don’t want to put ourselves in another position where we need the plows and they are sitting in some garage somewhere.”

Cox say the city does have preventative maintenance policy now.

“These things are grinding the streets and anything can go wrong with a vehicle that is running 24 hours a day,” Cox said.

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