Winter has been tough on the Londonderry snow removal budget
During Monday night’s Town Council meeting, Town Manager Kevin Smith said the town has already spent 64 percent of its general operating budget, with factors such as firefighter overtime and legal fees from the ongoing lawsuit concerning the town’s impact fee collections rubbing additional salt into the wounds.
Smith said the town has already exceeded its snow removal budget for the entire year by 18 percent, having spent a total of $189,521 by Feb. 1 compared to last year’s $44,305.
“There’s no need to panic just yet,” Chairman John Farrell said. “But we do need to start battening down the hatches.”
“And I think all of them should be looked at very carefully by the incoming board,” he said, noting the upcoming town elections.
The board voted unanimously to use $5,442 in Maintenance Trust funds for snow removal at the town municipal complex and across the street at the Londonderry Cable Access Center. Another $2,570 will go toward plowing and snow removal at the Londonderry Senior Center, and $3,000 will be used to address the challenge of ice buildup on the cable access center’s roof.
“These are two entirely separate sources we’re talking about,” Dolan said.
Police Chief William Hart said the department had been using a truck that was donated from the fire department quite a few years ago to plow the parking area around the police station, but police recently learned the aging truck wasn’t sound enough to pass inspection.
The truck is also used to tow equipment to various sites during police staging and training exercises.
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