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Town's Snow Plowing Budget Blown Away After Blizzard

The normal winter season budget allocated to the town's Department of Public Works for materials and overtime isn't going to fly after this weekend's blizzard.

 

It's a budget difference of $65,000 (in the red) and that's just counting two full days of plowing.

Peter Neff, director of the town's Department of Public Works (DPW), the group responsible for plowing town roads, municipal buildings driveways and parking lots, and sidewalks, has a "normal" winter season plowing budget of $95,000.  That includes $50,000 for overtime costs for his crew and $45,000 in sand and salt.

His budget was looking good before the big storm hit.

As of yesterday morning, just a day and a half after the big blizzard, Neff estimates that he has expended $160,000 total this season. And that number will go up.

The costs includes overtime for the DPW crew, subcontractor costs, repairs to damaged equipment, sand, salt and fuel.

"We have responded to calls from the elderly and from those on private roads that cannot get plowed," said Neff.

His crew and the subcontractors have plowed areas of the manufactured home developments that are normally serviced by their own management companies.

"This storm is going to be expensive," he said.

Subcontractors in use during the storm cleanup include Schumack Engineered Construction, Finkeldey Services, Pinder Construction, Campanaro Construction, Old Colony Construction and D.D. Heser Construction.

Huskyfan February 13, 2013 at 07:42 PM
paying contractors to plow the roads was a mistake. It was a weekend, everybody knew a big storm was coming and most expected that the roads would not be good to drive on until at least monday. The fact that it was a weekend made it worse for the tax payers cause the contractors collected more money for being the weekend and overtime. Poor planning is to blame for blowing through the budget. Who is going to pay for the rest of the season if we have another storm?... the tax payers of course!
Sandy February 13, 2013 at 09:55 PM
So Huskyfan did you not see what came with the storm? Not even the state of Ct had enough man power to clean up after the storm. Who do you think pays for them? Yes the TAX PAYERS. We should be greatful for the private contractors that came out and helped. NO that would be the nice thing to do. EVERY TOWN is at its limit for snow removal not just Clinton. When you figure out a better plan you should go offer your assistance with the buget. You obviously know more than everyone else. They may need your real name in order to take you seriously.
Jonathan Sanders February 13, 2013 at 11:38 PM
All I can do is shake my head. Unbelieveable!
Hannah Bissell February 14, 2013 at 12:41 AM
where is my "like" button? yes... the tax payers pay for all of it, whether it is removed by state workers or contractors. and just look at Long Island if you want to see what happens when you don't hire local contractors to help out leaving residents stuck until after the weekend is over. check out the controversy over the Town of Brookhaven and the officials losing their jobs.
Joe Geronimo March 03, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Child labor, always a good solution, Barbara.

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