Municipalities managing snow removal budgets

Rose Willigar
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CUMBERLAND COUNTY - With warmer weather approaching municipalities can breathe a little easier when it comes to snow removal.

According to Oxford's CAO Darrell White, the still has $1,000 left in the budget for salt and snow removal.

"Operating with a $9,000 budget, with $1,000 left and with spring right around the corner I believe we'll be within budget this winter," White said.

The above figures do not factor in wages for the Public Works crew or overtime hours put in for snow removal. White figures over the course of the winter overtime hours for the public works crew have accumulated to less than $3,000.

Parrsboro's CAO Ashley Brown said his town is running $3,000 over budget with the purchase of salt to be used within the town.

Operating with a $35,000 snow removal and salt budget, Brown figures the town will still have an overall balanced budget.

"In situations where we're over budget in a particular area, such as snow removal it's a matter of reducing expenditures in other areas to make up the difference enabling Parrsboro to remain with a balanced budget," Brown said.

Amherst's transportation and operational services director Ben Pitman said he'll have an update for the town's committee of the whole meeting on Monday.

Springhill's director of public works was unavailable for comment.

Organizations: Public Works

Geographic location: CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Oxford, Amherst

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  • snowman
    January 18, 2010 - 10:52

    Amherst should be well under budget - the plows came out when it rained and the salt truck came out very seldon if not at all - something like the groundhog