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Early Winter Storms Exhausting City Snow Budget

Peabody has already spent much of its snow and ice removal budget for this winter and it's just mid January.

The city has already spent $550,000 on snow removal operations this winter. Credit: File photo
The city has already spent $550,000 on snow removal operations this winter. Credit: File photo
Spring doesn't arrive for another 10 weeks, but thanks to the recent blizzard, a couple storms in December and spates of icy road conditions, Peabody has already exhausted more than 80 percent of its snow and ice removal budget.

The city budgeted $665,000 this fiscal year, and after the blizzard was cleared away and roads salted and sanded, the Department of Public Services had spent $550,000 -- most of that was on private contractors.

That leaves $115,000 in the account, as of last report from Public Services Director Robert Langley on Friday.

The state, however, allows cities and towns to deficit spend on snow and ice removal and either roll the remaining expenses into next year's budget or utilize reserve funds.

Last year, the city spent about $750,000 on contractors and $290,000 on sand and salt, but saved a substantial amount the year before thanks to a largely snowless winter.

The city spent more than $1 million in 2011, however, on contractors and sand and salt to clean away more than 80 inches of snow.
Johnny D January 13, 2014 at 09:22 PM
Judging by the roads these last few storms I would have guessed they weren't emptying their pockets...you just got more $$$ from every homeowner in the city...it's New England, budget better.
Andrew Denaro January 14, 2014 at 08:53 AM
^ Agreed. Also, if there was some accountability for the amount of contractors logging hours just driving around with their plow blades up, the city's pockets might not be so empty.
Johnny D January 18, 2014 at 09:45 PM
I have just, one minute ago, heard a plow driving by scraping the pavement all the way down the street. There had to be sparks flying off of his plow It hasn't snowed for 6 hours! Guess they are "earning their money" this time...I think we found where the budget has gone!

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