Snowless winter means big savings for county municipalities

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Andrew Wagstaff
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SPRINGHILL - Many were happy to see little snowfall this past winter, but perhaps none more than Springhill engineering and public works director John Kelly.

Being under budget for snow removal allowed Kelly to catch up on some deficit areas in other budgets, according to Kelly, who said the balance is now pretty even.

"It was petty good because I had blown some other budgets earlier in the year on asphalt, trying to get some paving done out of the patching budget," said Kelly. "Because we had a milder winter we were actually able to spend some money on getting some materials for other budgets, allowing us to maintain even though other line items went well over."

Springhill spent about 80 per cent of its material budget for snow removal this year, which mainly involves the purchase of salt. On top of that, only 50 per cent of the labour budget was spent due to the decreased overtime hours for crew workers.

In Parrsboro, the snow removal budget was under by about 25 per cent, according to town clerk Ashley Brown.

"We didn't have a lot of snow this winter so we didn't do quite as much work on plowing and shovelling and hauling away, but we still had cold weather and a lot of days when we were salting," he said. "It seems from year to year at our end it doesn't really fluctuate much."

Surplus money will now be available to other departments to help balance the overall budget, he explained.

In Oxford, town manager Darrell White reported having spent $7,800 in purchasing salt this year, compared to a budget of $8,500.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: Parrsboro, Oxford

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