Town Blows Way Through Snow and Ice Budget

Despite this mild winter, the Department of Public Works has already spent its snow and ice budget.

The has spent more than its original $175,000 snow and ice budget and asked the Board of Selectmen to declare a snow emergency on Tuesday night. 

According to Town Administrator Greg Balukonis, the DPW spent $203,693 as of Tuesday -- despite only 10 inches of snow so far. Most of the money wasn't spent on snow removal though.

According to the DPW, a majority of the money was spent on pre-storm and post-storm maintenance and overtime. For example, the October snowstorm cost the DPW $31,000 in overtime. They have spent $77,000 total on snow and ice overtime, according to the DPW.

The board at its meeting Tuesday questioned the amount spent on overtime and requested more information from DPW Director Dick Carnevale.

"I need to know how to answer people around town," Selectman Mike Prisco said about the money spent despite little snow.

Last year, 92 inches of snow fell and the DPW spent $900,000 on snow and ice removal. 

The selectmen requested DPW Director Dick Carnevale provide more information regarding overtime costs and costs associated with the October storm. The board will make a decision about whether to grant a snow emergency, which will allow the DPW to spend more than they have in its budget, at its next meeting.

Mark Harrison February 11, 2012 at 01:36 AM
As a taxpayer it is difficult to effect change. Oddly, as a Town Mgr. one can spend funds prior to requesting approval to do so (who do the DPW management request overages to be spent prior to the work being done??). I would assume the overages have currently been paid via weekly Town payroll - so the question is "why ask for an override when an irresponsible action has already ocurred". Maybe taxpayers should begin to reduce RE payments for assummed portions of the overages they disagree with - would make an interseting law case to study.
John Intorcio February 11, 2012 at 08:22 AM
Giggle. Snort. Imagine how much they would have spent if it SNOWED!!!
Fred Chalmers February 11, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Now *that's* funny! (John's comment, not the reality behind it :^)
Chris February 11, 2012 at 04:31 PM
This is perfect opportunity to finally put a stop to all this nonsense and get down to brass tax regarding costs, etc. The DPW is out of control along with town health care, pensions, RE taxes, etc. This has to STOP! The selectman need to step up put a stop to all funding until we fully understand where are dollars are going. Maybe if the town can show some fiscal responsibility, then maybe the new school vote will not be as hard to swallow.
Nick February 13, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Fiscal responsibility is a joke, their answer is raising taxes.


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