Overland Park will offer cash incentives for snow removal crews this winter

The city of Overland Park is launching a new incentive that pays snow crews some extra money per winter weather event they help clear city streets for. Photo courtesy city of Overland Park.

The city of Overland Park is offering new incentives to entice more city workers to help clear streets of ice and snow this upcoming winter season.

What’s happening: During the 2022-23 snow season, city crews will receive extra money for every winter weather event for which they work and help clear local roadways.

  • Overland Park will pay plow drivers on staff $150 per storm. Smaller truck drivers on staff will receive $100 per storm, and support staff will receive $50 per storm.
  • This is in addition to their regular pay, which starts at $18 per hour for city maintenance workers, as well as any overtime.
  • Plow drivers who work throughout the season will also receive a minimum $1,500 bonus as part of the city’s seasonal minimum incentive amount.

Why it matters: City officials say the incentive program will help Overland Park ensure it has enough staff to be ready to treat and plow streets when winter weather begins.

Key quote: “Winter weather events take our staff away from family and friends. Snow and ice fall in the freezing cold, at night, on holidays, during Chiefs games, and sometimes for several days in a row,” said Joshua Welge, Overland Park public works maintenance operations manager. “These shifts take personal sacrifices from our crews, so it’s important we recognize the work they’re doing to serve the community.”

More details about Overland Park snow removal

Current city staff who are part of the snow program are also eligible to participate, but Overland Park is also hiring maintenance workers to help with the snow operations.

  • New maintenance workers and members of the snow team will be eligible for the snow program incentive as well.
  • Candidates can learn more about open positions and apply at recruit.opkansas.org.