Amherst's deputy CAO says snow budget in good shape
A pair of early winter storms have strained the town's snow budget, but its deputy CAO says there's no reason for panic.
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A pair of early winter storms have strained the town's snow budget, but its deputy CAO says there's no reason for panic. Jason MacDonald said the town's snow removal budget is approximately $250,000.
AMHERST – A snowy December has strained Amherst’s snow removal budget, but officials with the town are not panicking yet.
“It’s unusual to have this much snow this early, but so far we’ve been able to handle it without too much of an impact on the budget. It would be a different story if this weather continues,” Amherst’s deputy CAO Jason MacDonald said Friday. “We’re not in a panic mode but we’re definitely concerned.”
Amherst and Cumberland County was hit by back-to-back snowstorms in the last seven days, dumping in excess of 40 centimetres of the white stuff on the area.
More snow is forecast for Sunday.
MacDonald said the snow removal budget for the town is approximately $250,000.
He said one of the things helping the budget is the fact both storms were for the most part daytime events, although overtime would be accrued clearing streets and sidewalks overnight and after the storms had passed.
“If you have a minor snowfall during the day and the boys go home at the end of their shift it has virtually no impact on the budget,” MacDonald said. “It’s the big storms and the ones that happen at night that tend to get expensive.”
The town’s director of Transportation and Public Works said town employees have been working around the clock to clear snow.
“They have been working day and night to keep the streets and sidewalks open. The volume of snow that we have received has slowed down the clearing of sidewalks and we ask that pedestrians and motorists have patience and take care when walking or driving,” Pitman said.
The town has had no problem meeting its snow budget the past several years.