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Storms Taking a Bite Out of Snow Removal Budget

DPW truck at the Paradise Road yard. Credit: Terry Date
DPW truck at the Paradise Road yard. Credit: Terry Date

The winter of 2013-14 has chewed through more than half of the town's snow removal budget, said DPW Director Gino Cresta.

The town has spent about $100,000 of the $175,000 set aside for snow removal and salting and sanding, the director said.

Last week's storm cost the town $65,000, he said.

The salting and sanding and snow removal aren't the only services being pressed into action these cold stormy days.

The town has had three water main breaks in the last week including a break on Atlantic Avenue on Jan. 1, and a break on Linden Avenue on Jan. 8.

The director thinks the cold weather may be contributing to the spate in water line breaks.
Rob Hopkins January 08, 2014 at 03:07 PM
If Town Meeting would approve a realistic snow removal budget, then the DPW Director wouldn't be forced to try and pull a rabbit out of his hat every winter. If Town Meeting would approve Capital Investments in larger snow removal equipment, the DPW Director wouldn't be forced to go to contractors who don't drop their plow blades low enough. If Town Meeting approved manpower increases for the DPW, then there would be resources to operate the new equipment if we ever were able to get some. The DPW is the easy target to blame, look a little deeper folks. The people at Town Meeting are more to blame. Maybe if Town Meeting was in December, the items associated with smow removal and post winter storm safety would be approved?
John B Goode January 08, 2014 at 04:09 PM
I don't see the town DPW director asking for any of this. Snow removal is one of the few items that can intentionally deficit spent for the year to make sure we get clear roads. This is a typical mid winter piece, but seems to be fluff. We'll have to pay for it, but it's still cheaper than a turf field.
Rob Hopkins January 08, 2014 at 05:32 PM
I watched Town Meeting last spring on cable access and witnessed TM vote down a request by Gino for $$ for a salt/sand enclosure. Or was that two years ago? Either way, the DPW Director requested it & it was subsequently not approved. That's but one example.......... an enclosure for salt/sand mix.

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