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Latest Winter Storm Puts Town’s Snow Removal Budget into the Red

Removing the white stuff has cost a lot of green, which has put the town’s snow removal budget into the red.

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.

The most recent snowstorm packed quite a punch and has left the snow removal budget reeling.

The storm dropped 19 inches of snow on North Reading and cost the town $75,000. Twenty-five pieces of town equipment and 51 private contractors helped in the snow removal operation, said Town Administrator Greg Balukonis.

Though we’re not even through a full week January, North Reading has already maxed out its $175,000 snow removal budget. Balukonis said the town has spent $247,068 on snow removal so far this winter.

The selectmen on Monday unanimously approved tapping into the $250,000 snow removal reserve to help pay for snow removal of future storms.

“If this is the last storm of the year, we’re in pretty good shape,” Balukonis quipped. 

Balukonis and the selectmen praised the DPW and private contractors for the snow removal. 

The DPW began pre-treating roads early last Thursday in preparation for the storm and DPW plows began work at 10 a.m. and were joined by private contractors at 3 p.m. The crews worked until end of day on Friday with snow removal and then DPW crews returned on Saturday to remove snow from intersections and sidewalks, said the town administrator.

Selectmen Chairman Sean Delaney said there wasn’t a town with better roads after the storm than North Reading.

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