Town's Removal Budget Snowed Under
Even before this latest winter storm, the town had depleted its snow removal budget and gone $10,000 in the red.
Even before the flakes started falling in this latest winter storm, the town of Johnston had already exceeded its snow removal budget and gone $10,000 in the red.
Snowstorm after snowstorm have eaten away Johnston's $175,000 budget for snow removal and road treatment, Mayor Joseph Polisena said Thursday. The town has spent more than $184,000 so far this season, and winter isn't giving the town any breaks as the latest storm was expected to drop as much as 8 inches on the town. Polisena said he will have to look at the town budget and find a way to move funds from other line items.
There's no way of knowing how much further the town will go into the red, Polisena said. Every storm has a different price tag.
"It all depends on the snow, how much ice, the depth, whether it happens on the weekend," Polisena said. "It's not a good thing."
The storm that began Thursday morning and was expected to last into Friday afternoon, while a moderate storm compared to some others this season, is particularly frustrating, Polisena said.
"You have to do it for safety," the mayor said about the cost of treating and clearing the roads. "But I saw next week is going to be in the 60s. It feels like throwing it out the window."