With snow budget depleted, Nashua dips into trust fund
This is the second year in a row that Nashua has exhausted its snow removal budget that totaled $1.2 million last year and hovers around $1.3 million this year. City officials have a backup plan in place for these types of instances, however, which includes a snow removal trust fund of $300,000.
With spring just 10 days away, about $33,000 has been used from the city's snow removal trust fund to pay for snow removal overtime costs, Lozeau said in a memo to the Board of Aldermen.
As a result, she is proposing that $200,000 from the city's general contingency fund be transferred to the snow removal trust fund to replenish the account.
"Every storm is different. It is difficult to say how much (money) is spent on each storm," Lozeau said earlier. "I think that we are all fortunate in Nashua that people understand the importance of having a backup plan in place. Last year, we went into the trust fund, so it is very beneficial."
"The staff has done a remarkable job, and I am really proud of them," Lozeau said recently.
On average, the city uses about 8,000 tons of salt each winter, along with 1,500 to 2,000 tons of sand and about 2,500 gallons of fuel during each major snow event in the city. There are more than 1,400 streets to plow and more than 765 lane miles to clear in Nashua during each snowstorm.