Town Spent $60K On Snow Cleanup, Mayor Says
Mayor Joseph Polisena calls the expense modest, but still "a lot of money for a small town."
Mayor Joseph M. Polisena estimated that the town spent roughly $60,000 on snow cleanup and treatment of local roads following the past weekend's snowfall.
During an interview at Town Hall, Polisena said the amount may not look that big, "but it's a lot of money for a small town."
The mayor also termed the spending "an unnecessary evil," adding: "You have to spend the money to clean the roads and keep them safe, and then this weekend (the snow) will be all gone — that money could have paid for three trucks with plows."
On Monday, Public Works Director Makram H. Megalli said that crews had been out as early as midnight Sunday preparing the roadways for the expected blizzard conditions. Megalli estimated the town's snowfall at 15 to 16 inches of accumulation.
Observations of local roadways after the storm found most main roads in town clean to the pavement by Monday at 10 a.m., while lesser-used back roads had some residual snow that had been treated to aid traction. By Monday afternoon, the side routes had also been cleaned.
Polisena, on Thursday, said the DPW crews and Johnston Police "did an exemplary job, as they always do."