‘Take care of each other,’ and be good to crews, Mayor James asks

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Here we go again! The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning to begin at 3 p.m. Monday, with the possibility of 6-12 inches of snow.

In response, Kansas City Mayor Sly James declared a state of emergency. Mayor James said the city began towing vehicles in anticipation of the need to plow. In an 11:30 a.m. news conference Monday, Mayor James told people to stay home on Tuesday if they possibly can.

Reporters asked about employees whose companies remained open-- and what choices they had.

"We don't think the workers unfortunately, unless they're in a collective bargaining agreement, have much recourse," the mayor said.

City Manager Troy Schulte said the last snow cost about $1.9 million with labor, materials and salt. He expected this next storm to cost about as much, if not more.

"Get those cars off the street as soon as you can," City Manager Troy Schulte followed up. "We are currently towing cars that are impeding public safety. We are also cleaning locations that have been identified through our customer 311 center."

Schulte said they becan towing cars at about 9 a.m. on Monday to clear the path for plows. Those cars can be found at the city tow lot on East Front Street.

"Right now, we're worried about, 'Can we keep the equipment running? Can we keep our people healthy, not exhausted?' Schulte said.

"Our crews have really been working their tails off," the mayor said. "The cleanup that we're engaged in now has become even more urgent because of the impending storm."

"Please check on your elderly neighbors. Check on your neighbors regardless of age. Stick together," he encouraged. "We want you to be safe, be smart, be warm, take care of each other."

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