Frequent snowstorms taking a toll on Manchester's plowing budget
A Manchester Highway Dept plow clears snow on Lake Ave. during a 2011 storm. (BOB LaPREE/UNION LEADER FILE)
Five snowstorms in a 10-day period this month drained an estimated 25 percent of Manchester's snow plowing budget for the winter of 2014, and city highway officials say the accounts are now depleted.
Bills are still being tallied for the most recent storms, but the budget took at big hit earlier in the month with multiple storms in less than a week's time.
National Weather Service records say that central New Hampshire has received close to 80 inches of snow so far this winter — close to three feet of snow in February alone — during which there have been eight days on which an inch or more of snow has fallen.
"It is part of the general fund, so we will be making up any shortfall with that," Clougherty said. "If we feel that our entire department general fund will be exceeded, we would have to go the Board of Mayor and Aldermen."
Frequent storms take their toll on equipment, which may require repairs when it is needed on the streets. The Public Works Department has asked the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to allow it to keep a older truck that was scheduled to be scrapped, just in case it is needed while other equipment is being repaired.
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