- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri mayor is proposing to put key city personnel in hotels during heavy snow and other severe weather events.

Warrenton Mayor Jerry Dwyer tells KMOV-TV (http://bit.ly/KzVmoh ) he knows that some citizens won’t like the idea of spending tax dollars on hotel bills. But Dwyer also says he’s not comfortable with police officers, snowplow operators and other employees working long hours on little sleep.

The mayor says during a major snowstorm this month, some Warrenton employees slept on the floor of the police station. And the city’s public works director slept in his office rather than take a chance on driving to his home more than 40 miles away and possibly getting stuck there.

Dwyer expects the Board of Alderman to vote on the proposal in February.

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Information from: KMOV-TV, http://www.kmov.com

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