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Shoveling could create student jobs

9 March 2014 By Sam Shelton, Assistant News Editor No Comments

In light of this year’s excessive accumulation of winter weather, the cost of Towson’s snow removal systems have overtaken their usual budget, though the extent of this is not yet known.

According to CFO and Vice President of Administration and Finance Joe Oster, as of March 4 “The University does not have the current totals for snow removal costs this year following [March 3’s] storm,” however, the administration does know that those costs have surpassed the usual amount set aside for winter weather emergencies.

“Like all state agencies Towson University has exceeded its budgeted allocation for snow removal/emergencies,” Oster said in an email. “The University will be using contingency funds for the balance of the costs that exceed the snow removal budget.”

As the budget information is not yet available, it is impossible to say which aspects of the cleanup process have been most expensive, or if the University has developed any solutions to prevent similar budgets from being surpassed in the future.

Something that may contribute toward getting the snow out of the way and keeping costs low is the possibility that interested Towson students may be used as a future snow-removal resource.

“We at the very early stages of looking at ways to provide more jobs for students on and off campus,” Oster said. “One of the thoughts that was recently suggested was to see if students would be interested in shoveling snow.”

According to the minutes from March 4’s SGA meeting, students could potentially earn anywhere from $15 to $20 an hour for their involvement with the cleanup, though the SGA has yet to vote or make any decision on the issue.

“I just posed a question to the SGA to see what their response might be and to gauge their interest. We will be meeting in the next few weeks to start the discussion,” Oster said.

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