Wednesday morning’s cold, sloppy weather has put an exclamation point on a county budget amendment introduced this week to add $400,000 to the snow removal budget.
As of Tuesday, the county had spent all but just under $14,000 of the original snow removal budget of $400,000. The original budget was spent on: salt – $296,305; contractors – $83,672; and emergency meals – $6,034.
In recent years, the county’s budgets have set a conservative snow removal budget. If there is a rough winter, they have looked to add more funding.
The added funding would help cover employee overtime, which totals more than $76,000 thiswinter season. It would also cover the estimated $25,000 in snow-related labor for the Motor Vehicle Maintenance operations.The remaining funds in the budget amendment would be used for snow removal costs as a result of this week’s storm and any other snow/ice events this winter.
County Council President Joyce Bowlsbey asked Director of Public Works Scott Flanigan if the county has enough salt to finish out the winter. Flanigan replied that he could only answer that question if he knew what else the weather has in store for Cecil County for the rest of the winter.