Thanks to a scarcity of snow this winter, the town Department of Public Works can report a surplus of $1,016 for the current year -even after replenishing the road salt supply. Of course, this also assumes that we don't get a repeat of that April Fool's Day blizzard from years ago.
According to DPW Director Dennis Roy, this is the first time in his 30-year career that he can recall the town having a surplus in its snow removal budget.
While the winter snow was missed in many quarters (and not so much in others), the unseasonably warm weather couldn't have been better timed from the perspective of town taxpayers. That's because last year's unusually snowy winter forced the town by mid-February - a dramatic increase over the $120,000 the town has budgeted for the entire winter each of the past several years.