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Snow and Ice Budget Exceeded, Again

The town plowed through the snow and ice budget again this year.

Welcome to You Ask... Patch Answers where we answer readers questions. We recently received questions about the snow and ice budget, and how much the town has spent so far. Here's your answer.

This year, the town's snow and ice budget was $175,000. However, the town has spent $514,751.10, according to DPW Director Richard Carnevale.

The blizzard of '13 cost the town $172,063.83, however, the original budget of $175,000 was gone before the storm even hit North Reading. 

The DPW was able to get authorization from the selectmen to spend more before the blizzard. The department has to be prudent with tax payers money, but the weather dictates how much they have to spend, Carnavale explained. 

According to Carnevale, the snow and ice budget was spent on overtime; contractors; buying sand and salt, which is up to a high of $44 per ton; parts for snow plows and other vehicles and more.

The DPW plowed through their snow and ice budget last year as well. 

What do you think about this? Should the town have budgeted more for snow and ice originally? The roads need to be cleared, sanded and salted after storms. How should the town handle situations like these? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Michael L April 03, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Just get a 2 1/2 Over-Ride for the money...........
Joe April 03, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Again? did we even get snow last year....
Mike C April 03, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Use the $ leftover from last years no snow winter
Mike C April 03, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Could always raise property taxes..it's been a few weeks since the last increase
Ryan Carroll April 03, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Watched the a subcontractor (ligh blue paving truck, cant remember company name on the door) go around Westward Circle 6 times on bare pavement during one of the early winter dustings, just keeping the meter running. No wonder we blow through the budget after the first "storm." Last year was embarassing with barely any snow, this year is just as bad to have used the budget prior to February when we'd gotten 6".
Anthony Martinez April 03, 2013 at 07:40 PM
THIS PRETTY MUCH SAYS IT ALL! The brunt of last years plow through on a nothing season... 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.
John Intorcio April 04, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Maybe it's time we take a lesson from Reading and, instead of making sure our streets are perfectly dry (with exceptionally priced salt), settle for a "good enough" job that doesn't cost the farm? I'd like to see a review of the storm planning procedures. As another poster mentioned, we seem to have trucks circling neighborhoods endlessly at the first flake but it takes us two days to clear the high school parking lot. Time for a re-balance?
Joe Veno April 04, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Our roads are second to none when it comes to clearing the snow. And that is is the way it should be. Our DPW and private contractors do a GREAT job. Yea maybe it costs more to do it this way but this is the way to go. I can not believe anyone would be happy to have roads like Reading does after a storm. I wonder if the folks who want to save money and not treat our roads and do a so/so job like other towns do would still feel the same way if they were in a major accident because of these conditions. I really doubt it.
Joe Veno April 04, 2013 at 12:09 PM
That would be fine John if we want to see a lot of accidents after a storm.
JIM April 04, 2013 at 12:46 PM
"good enough" ? No, I think "safe" is better
JIM April 04, 2013 at 12:47 PM
NRDPW does a GREAT job.

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