Harsh winter conditions exceed Truro’s snow, ice removal budget

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TRURO – Dealing with the harsh winter weather has left a hole in the Town of Truro’s snow and ice removal budget.

A public works report that was shared during Monday’s regular monthly town council meeting confirms that by the end of February the town spent $745,000 for snow and ice removal. That is 35 per cent higher than the original allotted budget of $550,000.

Work also included removing snow from parking lots, sign and traffic light maintenance and cold patching some potholes.

Andrew MacKinnon, director of public works, told the Truro Daily News the difference in the budget is a concern.

“It’s been a concern all winter,” MacKinnon said.

However, “it’s really fortunate it’s only 35 per cent over” because of the harsh winter conditions Truro has endured, he said.

MacKinnon said the extra money to accommodate the services would be taken from the town’s operating reserve.

Regarding the pothole work that was done, Coun. Raymond Tynes said, “yes, we have our fair share of potholes. You can patch them but as soon as we do they are gone … the (roads) need reconstruction.”

Tynes said motorists should reduce their speed and drive to the condition of the roads.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

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