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How Much Did the Blizzard Cost the Town?

Reading spent money on contractors, overtime and more.

Reading spent a lot of money on the blizzard of '13. The town needed to plow and salt the roads for three days and nights. The town has 100 miles of road and 46 miles of sidewalk, according to DPW Director Jeffrey T. Zager. The total amount spent on the blizzard was approximately $245,000.

According to Zager, the estimated cost of the storm, $245,000, includes all contractor plowing, hauling, DPW overtime, salt, fuel, and more. That figure also includes three nights of snow removal downtown and in adjacent areas.

The FY 13 snow and ice budget appropriation was $600,000. The DPW used $300,000 before the storm on "pre storm winter spending."

"Prior to this storm we had 12 events, nine were salting and sanding, two were plowing, and one was a nighttime downtown snow removal operation," Zager explained. "Well over half the $300,000 was spent on salt, the rest on overtime, contractors, and fuel."

As of Feb. 13, the new FY 13 snow and ice budget balance is $55,000.

"Please keep in mind these partial estimates, but definitely in the ballpark," Zager said.

DW Knowles February 13, 2013 at 01:53 PM
The money spent sure does not show it. Sidewalks around the schools still not clear.
Patrick Colbert February 13, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I left reading on Saturday morning to go to Boston and Brookline to manage snow removal crews and the main roads in Reading Saturday morning was better than both Boston and Brookline and again On Sunday better than both and side the side streets, as well as sidewalks on 129 - Fantastic Job by the crews given the amount of snow and severity of storm - Job Well Done
Fred Willard February 13, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Give you a little hint... we got ripped off in more ways than one......
Ron Powell February 14, 2013 at 01:17 AM
There is no way that the roads in Reading were better than the roads in any of its surrounding towns. Woburn, Wakefield, and Stoneham all had major roads cleared by midnight Sunday morning.
J. A. February 14, 2013 at 05:40 AM
I'd like to know exactly where the money went. My neighborhood wasn't even touched until Saturday afternoon. My neighbor needed an ambulance and it could not even get into the area. A backhoe had to come and help. Now, 5 days after the storm, portions of my neighborhood are too narrow to get two cars through and pedestrians from the train have to walk on the street! This is unacceptable!
Mr White February 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Don't Forget To Vote!!
Dave Miskinis February 14, 2013 at 02:51 PM
The money is in the pockets of the town snow plow drivers, payroll taxes are with Duval and Barack. How's that make you feel?

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