Looking ahead to future snows, during the end of this winter and the beginning of the next, here's the situation. In the 2014 budget, about $104,000 was budgeted for the things required by snow emergencies--overtime, salt, etc. To date, $60,000 has been spent. That leaves only about $44,000 for the remainder of this winter--which could go on for a bit--and the start of next winter--November and December 2014.
And then there's salt. It seems we have only enough salt left for four to maybe eight more winter storms, depending on the severity and duration. According to Perry, the last three salt deliveries were a third short. The reason given: "The pile is almost gone." Spring can't come soon enough.
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